When Mirror’s Edge was released way back in 2008, its story was criticised for being too short and frankly, for being a bit rubbish. But the game starred a likeable female protagonist, a dystopian world filled with secrets and mysteries and it featured exhilarating free-running gameplay. The series had legs and fans and so demanded another game.
After five long years, publisher EA announced Mirror’s Edge 2 at E3 2013 before wheeling the game out again at E3 2014. That got fans excited, in spite of the fact that the game didn’t have an official name. Up until now that is, as EA has confirmed that Mirror’s Edge 2 is officially called Mirror’s Edge Catalyst.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Confirmed
EA was forced to reveal the name of the new game when a trademark filing popped up in Europe for the game and they also registered the MirrorsEdgeCatalyst.com domain name. Some fans were concerned that Catalyst may be some sort of mobile companion but EA took to the Mirror’s Edge Twitter to put those rumours to rest.
Included in the incredibly vague tweet is a definition for the world catalyst, explaining that a catalyst is “a person or thing that precipitates an event, “she acted as a catalyst for change”. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will be a sequel then; one that shows Faith’s life before she became a Runner (a rooftop courier) and perhaps before her world became a dystopian hellscape.
Plenty of people are disappointed by the fact that the game is a prequel given that after almost a decade of waiting for a new Mirror’s Edge game, we aren’t getting a continuation of Faith’s story. Furthermore, neither lead writer Rhianna Pratchett nor any of the first game’s writing staff are coming back for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst so it will be interesting to see how the new writing team’s vision of Catalyst Faith lines up with the character we saw her become in the first game.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in early 2016.