Mirror's Edge 2 in production, claims Swedish dev

ngmoco's Ben Cousins says it is "general knowledge" that free-running sequel is in development; EA says it doesn't want DICE to be "Battlefield factory."

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Rumors of Mirror's Edge 2 have been swirling for years, but according to ngmoco's Ben Cousins, the game is no rumor, but in fact a reality. The Swedish developer and former Electronic Arts employee said over Twitter today that it is "general knowledge" in the Stockholm, Sweden (where DICE is located) development scene that the free-running sequel is in production. An EA representative was not immediately available to comment.

Cousins' tweet was in response to an Official Xbox Magazine report in which EA Games vice president Patrick Soderlund confirmed non-Battlefield projects were in development at DICE. He was asked to justify the "risks" associated with developing games like Mirror's Edge when sequels to established franchises are historically known to sell well.

"Well it depends, right? Maybe it is and maybe it isn't. It's also important for us; the DICE guys are roughly 300 people in the Stockholm studio; not all of them are working on Battlefield things, and that's intentional, because we don't want to become a Battlefield factory," Soderlund said.

The developer added that telling DICE employees that they will only work on Battlefield games for the duration of their tenure would be detrimental for morale.

"The minute we start saying 'you're going to make a Battlefield game for the rest of your life', they're going to go some place else," he said. "So for them to make great Battlefield games there need to be other things for them to do as well. That's why we have people who move around quite a bit. And then obviously we have a boatload of people that just want to make Battlefield because they love it."

Battlefield 4 is currently in development at DICE, with a beta for the game arriving in late 2013. It is also believed that the studio is working on Battlefield: Bad Company 3.

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Scarshi
Scarshi

More actual missions and takedown enemies while running and jumping would be a perfect sequel. Shooting enemies is so mainstream, we need sequences such as from the movie Casino Royale's opening sequence. Booyah!

RatingPending
RatingPending

This is wonderful news. Just please keep the tone of the first game, the beautiful soundtrack that perfectly matched the visual style.

I would like to see the world open up a little bit in terms of variety though. You're a courier of sensitive information, yet you only deliver something once. After that, you're mostly running for your life. It's fun, but a bit more variety wouldn't hurt.

Still adored the first game despite its faults.

dantefenix
dantefenix

Cant wait for the beautiful graphics once again

HAZCHEM88
HAZCHEM88

If this game has the genius of Solar Fields again. Day one purchase for me.

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

WHAT.

 

How am I only finding this out NOW?!

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

Oh and please no more combat or gun nonsense.  Unless they make it amazing.  The vast majority of the game (95%) should be free running and escaping combat and running back and forth.  I think they should add more populated areas and some more street level running.

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

Hence the 5 map packs that they probably had ready at the time of the initial BF3 release to allow them to do their own thing.  EA isn't some great group of guys all of a sudden letting their best dev make the game they want to make, they're doing the same thing as always with the "Premium" price.  Not like I really care though, BF3 is still great without the extra content.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

The sort of news you want to hear at the end of a slightly disappointing year.

korisnik666
korisnik666

effin awesome, first one is still in my top ten evar. this makes it seem like dice were begging for the chance to do something else other than that fps. kind of like signed their souls away to battlefield :)

pip3dream
pip3dream

GREAT NEWS!  I loved the first one for the possibilities, I've been amped about the 2nd version of this game since the first few mins into the first one. :)

DARREN636
DARREN636

lost a lot of hours ( and knuckle skin) to mirrors edge, getting all the stars made my life both hellish and wonderful.

bgghgubcjhgknjk
bgghgubcjhgknjk

I loved mirror's edge, the combat was a bit annoying to get in with but that free running made up for it 10 fold

Raxyman
Raxyman

*sigh* Considering i WILL have to open an Origin accout just to play this game... I dunno what i'll do...

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I loved the first game. Controls were a little tricky and the environments didn't always act in the way you wanted, but new IP is never perfect. So excited now though!

Shadow4020
Shadow4020

Can't wait to hear more, Mirror's Edge is one of my favorite games; it was just a little rough around the edges.

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

Sweetness, Going to be watching Mirror's Edge 2 as close as possible.

flameon12346
flameon12346

Mirror Edge 2!!!    Mirror Edge 2!!!   Mirror Edge 2!!!

 

Come on, we all what to see that alsome game out. I watch the entire walkthrough of Marrior Edge 1 and thought it was short but still a cool game. So I know that they should continue to work on Mirror Edge 2

djpetitte
djpetitte

they said they would love to be working on a sequel to 2142. I definitely think they should do that with an updated frostbite engine, but glad to hear bc3 is in the works. Interested to see what direction they take the engine as far as destruction goes. Im guessing we will all need to update gpu's and hardwaree when these games come out.

zxcvbnm96
zxcvbnm96

PLease make the game look more realistic while still being able to see where we have to go easily! I love this game and i think dice should continue to make games that are different from modern FPS games!

Shawn45
Shawn45

I hope it has a really good song to go along with it. I won't lie, the only reason I bought Mirror's Edge was because of 'Still Alive', it's such a good song. The game itself was really fun when it was open and allowed you to just jump around, but man, did the shooter bits and some of the later level designs really suck.

syler4815162342
syler4815162342

That's Awesome news, I enjoyed the first one can't wait :D

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Loved the first and am looking forward to the next outing.

 

Very refreshing and quite unique.

PetJel
PetJel

Cool. Free roaming would fit this game very well, so I' m hoping for that.

ash162
ash162

The first game had style even though it lacked a bit in substance. let's hope they can make a better game and not screw this unique i.p

arijit_unreal
arijit_unreal

I enjoyed playing Mirror's Edge. Hoping this will be even better :)

edinsaw
edinsaw

Excellent news for me!! This game was awesome, I really enjoy and I like unique games like this. The action is thrilling here! Can't wait!!!

MrDouglas
MrDouglas

Sorry DICE, but to EA, you will always be a "Battlefield factory." You could walk up to an EA executive asking them about DICE, and they will go "What, DICE? Oh yeah, our Battlefield factory!" :)

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

Awesone news!  Mirror's Edge was one of the most original, exhilirating games I've played.  Just show me where you want the money, DICE, at least one copy is already SOLD.

ryanreynolds
ryanreynolds

Mirror's Edge was flawed gem.The city was stunning to look at,but more freedom to explore it would be nice.

UrbanTracker
UrbanTracker

Uh two pieces of good news A. Mirrors Edge 2        B. Bad Company 3... 

Borrizee
Borrizee

First one was good but a bit short,I welcome part 2 with open arms

jack_is_cool
jack_is_cool

 @RatingPending I agree, I'd also like them to really develop the themes of dystopia, surveillance states, and the like. The first was a leap in the right direction.

zoxdj
zoxdj

 @PetJel I totally agree. Free roaming would be awesome, just running with friends on rooftops of a full sized city. Just imagine the sheer awesomeness!:D I really have high hopes for the sequel.

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

@MrDouglas yup and because of the stupid way you and other people think how the f do you expect them to do that

DARREN636
DARREN636

 @queuing_for_PS4  it WAS a better game. forget the story mode and gunplay. losing yourself inthe time trials is where its' at.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

 @queuing_for_PS4 No one said it's one of the best -- this is what fan appreciation of a GOOD GAME sounds like.  People want more.   Clearly you're an FPS fan -- as the other commenter pointed out, M.E. was NOT a FPS, and the game actually rewards you for NOT playing like one.  The simple truth is that the game was original, they took a huge chance, and it's earned all this praise. 

 

That said, the worst thing DICE could do is try to change it with a bunch of online garbage that EA is shoving into EVERY game it publishes...

killman961
killman961

 @Pyrosa  @queuing_for_PS4 Sadly i think there will be an online mode for mirrors edge 2. didnt ea say that all of their future games will have online included? i dont like the idea