Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is a game all about hurtling across the tops of buildings at full speed, trying to get to places in the fastest time possible without falling off the roof or getting apprehended by a corporate goon. So it would be the perfect sort of game for a multiplayer race; players could go head to head, trying to find the best line on a course and set the best time.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Multiplayer Details
Speaking to IGN, Bach says that Mirror’s Edge Catalyst multiplayer is something that the development team talked about “quite a bit” and that they eventually settled on “asynchronous play in the multiplayer component…an asynchronous connection where your actions will affect my world”. Players will be able to interact with one another’s worlds then, they just won’t be playing in them together.
One example of this in action is when Faith hacks a billboard in the city to take down an advertisement by one of the city of Glass’ many corporate entities. When Faith hacks these billboards (there are apparently quite a few dotted all over the city), those hacks can then show up in your friends’ worlds. Additionally, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst features Dash races and when you prepare for them, the game will show you your friends’ leaderboard scores. It’s unclear whether these features will work for players who don’t have friends who own the game.
There are going to be plenty of players upset by the route that the game’s multiplayer has taken, given that it would have been the perfect fit for synchronous, competitive game modes that put players together, but Bach explains that:
“We talked about what would happen what would happen if we put other players in your world. Well, you’ll probably get a lot of a**holes. Trolling is a big part of the gaming community. Some find it very funny, others not so funny. We tried to separate it so it’s people you want in your world, but they will not be able to mess with you. They’ll be able to affect it.”
In a way, Bach is right as there are always negative players in multiplayer games, but many would argue that he should trust the Mirror’s Edge community to behave. And alternatively, they could have set up a banning/report system for players who don’t play by the rules.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will be released on February 23, 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.