Report Says Mirror's Edge 2 Has Been Canned

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Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -
EA are big fans of Mirror’s Edge, so it’s always been a question of “when” and not “if” a sequel to the free-running action game would appear. In fact, there’s been what EA VP Patrick Soderlund calls a “small team” working on a demo of the game since, at least, mid-2009. But if a report that hit late last year is true, that team’s demo has been rejected, and thus so has Mirror’s Edge 2.

"EA was shown a prototype, but declined with askance,” says a Press 2 Play TV report, which has been translated by Eurogamer. “The project has been stopped--involved parties at DICE are working on something else now. Patrick himself seems to have Mirror's Edge near his heart, but they are not in the business of charity."

As 1UP notes, that’s a strange reason for a game to get canned at this point. The original Mirror’s Edge flopped back in 2008, which was quite some time ago. Here's how that turned out.

   
== TEASER ==Note that the report states that the Mirror’s Edge 2 team is now working on something else. If the cancellation of Battlefield 1943 and “Onslaught” PC is an indication of how DICE is pulling talent away from other projects, chances are that this team is now crunching on Battlefield 3.

EA gave comment to 1UP without actually denying it or confirming the accuracy of this rumor, but it did mention, “Mirror’s Edge is an important franchise.” Surely, the sequel to the first game in an ‘important franchise’ won’t be tabled for too long, right?
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -
EA are big fans of Mirror’s Edge, so it’s always been a question of “when” and not “if” a sequel to the free-running action game would appear. In fact, there’s been what EA VP Patrick Soderlund calls a “small team” working on a demo of the game since, at least, mid-2009. But if a report that hit late last year is true, that team’s demo has been rejected, and thus so has Mirror’s Edge 2.

"EA was shown a prototype, but declined with askance,” says a Press 2 Play TV report, which has been translated by Eurogamer. “The project has been stopped--involved parties at DICE are working on something else now. Patrick himself seems to have Mirror's Edge near his heart, but they are not in the business of charity."

As 1UP notes, that’s a strange reason for a game to get canned at this point. The original Mirror’s Edge flopped back in 2008, which was quite some time ago. Here's how that turned out.

   
== TEASER ==Note that the report states that the Mirror’s Edge 2 team is now working on something else. If the cancellation of Battlefield 1943 and “Onslaught” PC is an indication of how DICE is pulling talent away from other projects, chances are that this team is now crunching on Battlefield 3.

EA gave comment to 1UP without actually denying it or confirming the accuracy of this rumor, but it did mention, “Mirror’s Edge is an important franchise.” Surely, the sequel to the first game in an ‘important franchise’ won’t be tabled for too long, right?
#2 Posted by ashbash (368 posts) -

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#3 Posted by RE_Player1 (7558 posts) -

I loved the first one but I admit it did have flaws. I can see why EA wouldn't want a sequel. 

#4 Posted by Djeffers03 (2545 posts) -
@ashbash159 said:
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#5 Posted by erics22 (13 posts) -

i cant say im too mad,its not like mirrors edge was superfine

#6 Posted by BeachThunder (11845 posts) -
#7 Edited by benjaebe (2783 posts) -

I don't know if it's appropriate to say it's been canned. Joystiq's update with this quote from the EA rep says this, making it sound like it's just been tabled for now probably to work on BF3. I can still dream:

 [Update 3:05pm:An EA spokesperson got back to us with this: "Mirror's Edge is an important franchise built by the DICE studio in Stockholm. DICE is currently producing Battlefield 3. Nothing further to announce." With just one full title under that name, and the aforementioned mobile game, franchise sounds like an awfully strong word for Mirror's Edge. With that in mind, we'll try to keep our hopes up.]

#8 Posted by Chris2KLee (2334 posts) -
@erics22 said:
" i cant say im too mad,its not like mirrors edge was superfine "
I just wish they'd made it non-combat. I didn't see why there had to be any fighting/shooting at all. Just make a competition game between parkour artists. Also Faith seemed like kinda of a dull committee made character to me.
#10 Posted by Hunkulese (2699 posts) -
#11 Posted by raiz265 (2238 posts) -
@Tarsier said:
" mirrors edge is one of the worst games of this generation... the concept of gameplay was neat, but everything else was just sickeningly bad... they probably made the right choice to reject it after seeing one character open her mouth. "
One of the worst games of this generation? 
 
What? 
 
You're crazy.
#12 Posted by perilator666 (443 posts) -

the first one pretty much fell flat on it's face. this does not surprise me.

#13 Edited by cooljammer00 (1641 posts) -

Didn't that guy just say on Twitter that he hates baseless rumors via out of context quotes? 
 
edit: Of course, it wouldn't be a problem if video game guys didn't play coy all the damn time.  Be like Randy Pitchford: let us know that Borderlands 2 exists.

#14 Posted by Duffyside (888 posts) -

One of my favorite games this generation. If the sequel gets canned, there will be hell to pay, EA! 
 
... Luckily, thanks to the first game, I have learned how to parkour, and will therefore be able to use my skills to break into the EA offices and steal the prototype.

#15 Posted by Vinny_Says (5700 posts) -

You make war game, no running, you make now!! Running is no guns, make guns!!! NOW!!!

#16 Posted by erics22 (13 posts) -
@Chris2KLee: yes, the game had a good idea....but then again they added guns because people like shooting....bad ideas ruin good games.
#17 Posted by HatKing (5886 posts) -
@Chris2KLee said:
" @erics22 said:
" i cant say im too mad,its not like mirrors edge was superfine "
I just wish they'd made it non-combat. I didn't see why there had to be any fighting/shooting at all. Just make a competition game between parkour artists. Also Faith seemed like kinda of a dull committee made character to me. "

I played through the entire game going for the achievement that didn't allow you to shoot (or kill?) any of your enemies.  This turned it more into a puzzle game--not unlike Portal--where you had to outsmart your enemies, not outgun them.  I'd love to see another Mirror's Edge game that didn't allow you to use guns at all.  The controls made the impossible (first person platforming) possible.  The art style and music fit together in a very sharp and deeply memorable way.  This is trite, but we've seen far too many greys and browns this generation; it was very nice to have a game that was in vivid bright colors.  If they polished it up a bit--basically do an overhaul on the story and characters, which were easily the least memorable part of the game--I would love to play a Mirror's Edge 2. 
 
#18 Posted by phrosnite (3518 posts) -

It won't be missed...

#19 Posted by Death_Unicorn (2838 posts) -

I think a sequel would have made this series shine.

#20 Posted by Chris2KLee (2334 posts) -
@erics22 said:
" @Chris2KLee: yes, the game had a good idea....but then again they added guns because people like shooting....bad ideas ruin good games. "
Should bring it back and make it like the old SSX games, all about tricks and race time.
#21 Posted by JubJub677 (31 posts) -

I really enjoyed the first. Flawed but very unique. Would of loved to see a follow up to it.

#22 Posted by Delta_Ass (3276 posts) -

I have Faith that it's Still Alive.

#23 Posted by nickux (1385 posts) -

I was really bummed when I first heard this news. I hope it's something that turns out to be allllll a big understanding. However, if Mirror's Edge 2 is still happening, it's obviously not coming for a long time. It's a shame too, I loved the first one. It had so much potential and I can already envision how a sequel could have fixed some of the issues people had with it. 
 
It's interesting how Mirror's Edge didn't turn out like some of the other games EA gambled on that year like Dead Space. I remember this was the year EA took a risk on a bunch of new IP and a lot of them were fantastic, Mirror's Edge among them. 
 
It seems like the resources at DICE are just being stretched too thin while they're forced to work on stupid shit like the multiplayer portion of Medal of Honor.

#24 Posted by Mcfart (1608 posts) -

Never played Mirror's Edge, but it was regarded as average in most cases, and didn't sell well.
 
What probebly happened is the ME2 prototype wasen't very impressive, so it was ditched. Anyways, hopefully BF3 will be amazing.

#25 Posted by insane_shadowblade85 (1421 posts) -
@Delta_Ass said:
"I have Faith that it's Still Alive. "

Nice lol.
#26 Posted by Management (596 posts) -

I really liked Mirrors Edge and I was hoping for a sequel. I think the reason I liked it was because I went through the game going for the don't use a gun achievement.

#27 Posted by Landon (4138 posts) -

  

#28 Posted by MarkHawk (71 posts) -

Really saddened by this. I was hoping to see a full fleshed out world like the transformation from Assassin's Creed 1 to 2. 

#29 Posted by Insectecutor (1186 posts) -
@phrosnite said:
" It won't be missed... "
I'll miss it.
#30 Posted by JacDG (2119 posts) -
@Insectecutor said:
" @phrosnite said:
" It won't be missed... "
I'll miss it. "
me too.
#31 Posted by shinluis (428 posts) -

Oh, well. Mirrors edge had a great potential, and with a bit of work, a decent storyline and better level design it would be really great. I truly loved the concept. 
 
It's a bummer its cancelled but then again, I'd like to have more than "a small team" working on it. If anyone at least just takes the concept and brings it to life in a similar fashion it would be great news and I'd be already sold.

#32 Posted by shinluis (428 posts) -
@JacDG said:
" @Insectecutor said:
" @phrosnite said:
" It won't be missed... "
I'll miss it. "
me too. "
Me too.
#33 Posted by Korolev (1703 posts) -

Mirror's Edge suffered from a few flaws that could have been easily fixed -for starters,the controls weren't very good (RB for jump?) and the story was pretty much a non-entity (government bad, runners good, go stop government).  And Combat was pretty bad - why make us fight the enemies if you made the basic mechanics around the premise of avoiding enemies? And at certain points the game said "fight them or avoid them", but in many cases you couldn't avoid them.
 
The visuals were wonderful, the concept was nice, and it was surprising that it worked as well as it did. But that game had problems. It would be nice to see another Mirror's Edge, it really would. But sadly, it just didn't do well enough in terms of sales.

#34 Posted by Akeldama (4244 posts) -

Slightly bummed by this.

#35 Posted by GUTBOMB (66 posts) -

Flawed, but when it worked it was great. 
The consumer likes the comfortable.

#36 Posted by Wandrecanada (404 posts) -
@Mcfart said:
" Never played Mirror's Edge... "
That should have been the end of your post right there dude.
#37 Posted by Wandrecanada (404 posts) -
@shinluis said:
" @JacDG said:
" @Insectecutor said:
" @phrosnite said:
" It won't be missed... "
I'll miss it. "
me too. "
Me too. "
This report makes me miss it so much I'm going to play it again!
#38 Posted by Rockanomics (1150 posts) -

I already heard the news... but ROWROAWFRGINNAFAAK

#39 Posted by Neo (6 posts) -
@Wandrecanada said:
" @shinluis said:
" @JacDG said:
" @Insectecutor said:
" @phrosnite said:
" It won't be missed... "
I'll miss it. "
me too. "
Me too. "
This report makes me miss it so much I'm going to play it again! "
Aw, man. Now I REALLY want to play it again....and maybe buy it again on PC...
#40 Posted by Nario (92 posts) -

I liked the first game: it wasn't perfect, but I thought it was well-deserving of a sequel.
 
I know I'd rather want to play Mirror's Edge 2 more than anything else DICE is making right now.

#41 Posted by LlamaLlama (174 posts) -

Dissapointing since no game ever made my heart beat that fast. That game was going to give me a heart attack

#42 Posted by MechaDestroyer (40 posts) -

I don't get why everyone seems to hate the original Mirror's Edge.  Yeah, it was a bit flawed but at the same time it was very experimental so you have cut it some slack.  If DICE were to make a sequel, with much less combat and more emphasis on "now, how do I get over there?" style of gameplay (without rushing the gamer) ME2 would shine.   
 
Now that I think it over: take out the guns and combat entirely to start.

#43 Posted by ajamafalous (11959 posts) -

I really enjoyed the first one and would gladly play a second. Here's to hoping.
 
@Korolev said:

" -for starters,the controls weren't very good (RB for jump?) "
Bumper Jumper is a way better control scheme for this type of game. Presumably you'd want jump on A instead? That adds an unnecessary difficulty to looking around while jumping.
#44 Posted by JacDG (2119 posts) -
@Neo said:
" @Wandrecanada said:
" @shinluis said:
" @JacDG said:
" @Insectecutor said:
" @phrosnite said:
" It won't be missed... "
I'll miss it. "
me too. "
Me too. "
This report makes me miss it so much I'm going to play it again! "
Aw, man. Now I REALLY want to play it again....and maybe buy it again on PC... "
Well, it's the among the three games this generation that I haven't traded in, so maybe I'll actually go play it again.... right now!?!
#45 Posted by JackG100 (405 posts) -

Would be sweet if they remade it with some better shooting gameplay but kept the movement. Or hell, doesn't even need better shooting, just better gamedesign. Maybe vary the pace a bit and make it more Deus Exy.
 
Loved the game though, totally my kind of thing, some moves was so sweet to pull off and you got some serious vertigo at times.

#46 Posted by Zatoichi_Sanjuro (945 posts) -

How many more maidens will be sacrificed for John Riccitello's big mouth.

#47 Posted by katsu044 (172 posts) -
@Delta_Ass: i see what you did there.
#48 Edited by MisterMouse (3550 posts) -

a bummer if it has, because that was a game that I feel could be great, if it truly has been canned.

#49 Posted by Jayross (2365 posts) -

I would love me some more Mirror's Edge, even if it was only on iPhone/iPad etc.

#50 Posted by SaviorsHand (11 posts) -

Well sequels can take forever. 
 
Starcraft was an important franchise and look how long it took to come out with Starcraft 2?

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