Mirror’s Edge fans have been asking for a new game since…well, ever since the first game was released. So when EA and DICE announced that the next Mirror’s Edge game would be called Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, players had plenty of questions. They wanted to know how they would build on the first game’s stellar free-running gameplay and if Catalyst would right the wrongs of Mirror’s Edge‘s poor story.
In the run up to E3 2015, EA and DICE teased us but ultimately left us hanging. But now that the show has kicked off proper, they have revealed the Mirror’s Edge Catalyst release date along with a swanky new trailer that’s chock full of gameplay.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Release Date, Story and Gameplay
The story at the heart of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will be what makes or breaks the game for many people. As I mentioned, the plot in the original game was one of its most criticised features as it was too short and wasn’t very good in general. We’ll be treated to a much better narrative in Catalyst though, as this prequel asks us what life would be like if there were no governments and corporations were in charge instead.
Faith will be going against a corporation called the Conglomerate, with their security arm KrugerSec (run by a man named Gabriel Kruger) trying to destroy lead character Faith. In a blog post, EA and DICE elaborated on this even further:
“Faith is a Runner living off the grid on the rooftops of the city. Proud and daring she takes on the toughest runs, working as a burglar, courier and corporate spy. Her life revolves around freedom and physicality, but when a single reckless choice tears her world apart she is reluctantly drawn into the anti-Conglomerate struggle.
Refusing to compromise with her sense of what is right, Faith ends up on a collision course with the authorities, and her path takes her from the top of the tallest skyscraper down to the darkest tunnels below. Along the way she makes many new friends and enemies, and the city is forever changed in her wake.”
That story sounds like it could hit all the right notes, but it’s not the only thing about Mirror’s Edge Catalyst that has been given an overhaul. As you’ll notice in that gameplay trailer, Faith’s world is much more vibrant and colourful than the first game, which mostly consisted of white, yellow, and red. Those colours were nice but they were also boring, so it’s good to see that EA and DICE are making use of the PC, PS4 and Xbox One’s boosted graphics.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will be released on February 26, 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.