John Riccitiello, CEO of EA, confirmed that the DICE first-person shooter titled Mirror’s Edge is in development and will be coming back for seconds. In a recent interview, Riccitiello discussed not only the existence of the sequel, but talked a bit about the trial and error that comes with trying to be innovative.
“We’re still working through things like how to best deal with Mirror’s Edge 2 … There are some things we learned about that [first] game. It was, I think, a massively innovative product. To be honest with you, I think it’s a game that deserves to come back.”
“Innovation doesn’t mean it all works the first time … If it did everyone would do it. Innovation is a lot of times about getting so far, stepping back, assessing and then moving forward. And that’s what I’m proud is happening at EA every day,”
Well, considering the poor sales of the original, I hope the team at EA DICE finds a way to make the sequel much more compelling. In addition to buying into the title’s approach to first-person gameplay, people need to care about the character and the storyline, something that just didn’t happen the first time around.
There’s no question that Mirror’s Edge was a brightly colored puzzle solver with breathtaking graphics, but I enjoyed playing the 2D flash version of it online more than I did the actual next gen console alternative. I’m certainly not suggesting that DICE should scrap the first-person aspect and turn the game into a side scroller, but why not allow people to go into third person mode if they prefer to see more than their hands and legs?
What do you think? Are you interested in seeing a Mirror’s Edge sequel? If so, what would you like to see done differently? Sound off in the comments section below.