Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is a game that fans have been waiting for for seven years; having asked for a new Mirror’s Edge game ever since the first one was released and the world was introduced to free-runner Faith. So when Catalyst was officially revealed at E3 2015, everybody went nuts.
But as undeniably exciting as that announcement trailer was, all we’d been given were a few quick gameplay snippets and a synopsis about a shady corporation run by an equally shady guy named Gabriel Kruger. Thank goodness that Gamescom 2015 is upon us then, as EA has released a proper Mirror’s Edge Catalyst gameplay trailer and it’s amazing.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Gameplay
The above trailer teaches us a lot about both the story and the gameplay that we’ll be sinking our teeth into come February 2016. What many have noticed, for one, is that in Mirror’s Edge Catalyst you no longer have a tiny reticule on screen at all times. In the first Mirror’s Edge it was useful for firing guns and it was also used to show the player the general direction of their movements, but some found it distracting and will no doubt be glad to see it gone.
Other positive changes include the game’s graphics – not just their fidelity but their colour. The (mostly) reds, whites and yellows of Mirror’s Edge were beautiful but on current gen consoles, developer DICE could do better, so it’s nice to see that Mirror’s Edge Catalyst has a gorgeous and varied palette. Additionally, Faith’s movement looks like it flows better and even combat – which many ME players avoided at all costs – looks like a fun and natural part of gameplay. Also, her rapid heartbeat is unnerving in a good way, so hopefully that element makes it to the final version of the game.
In terms of the game’s story, Mirror’s Edge‘s short, eight chapter plot was one of the things that let it down. And despite all of EA’s promises of a corporate Big Bad being the antagonist of the new, we’d seen those plenty of times before though so not everyone was convinced that Mirror’s Edge Catalyst‘s story would actually be any good. However, the trailer seems to suggest that Faith will get caught up in some sort of human trial type of thing, and that maybe Kruger is interested in performing experiments on people. That’s purely speculation for now but it’s an exciting premise if it’s true.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will be released on February 23, 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.