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DICE Doesn't Want To Become A "Battlefield Factory," Mirror's Edge 2 Reportedly Still In Development

Jonathan Lester
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DICE Doesn't Want To Become A "Battlefield Factory," Mirror's Edge 2 Reportedly Still In Development

DICE is keen to avoid being typecast as the studio who just make Battlefield, and plans to diversify accordingly.

Which ties in nicely with another report suggesting that Mirror's Edge 2 is still in development.

"Well it depends, right?" EA Games president Patrick Soderlund told OXM when asked whether it was difficult to justify new IP alongside the lucrative Battlefield series. "Maybe it is and maybe it isn't. It's also important for us - the DICE guys are roughly 300 people in the Stockholm studio; not all of them are working on Battlefield things, and that's intentional, because we don't want to become a Battlefield factory."

"The minute we start saying 'you're going to make a Battlefield game for the rest of your life', they're going to go some place else. So for them to make great Battlefield games there need to be other things for them to do as well. That's why we have people who move around quite a bit. And then obviously we have a boatload of people that just want to make Battlefield because they love it.”

Soderlund drew parallels with Visceral Games' Dead Space team, who have become synonymous with the brand despite working as part of a larger studio with a diverse portfolio. "Same thing with the team in San Francisco that are making Dead Space. It's a stunning team and they're passionate about what they do, and they love making Dead Space. Then the answer's 'well, then make Dead Space'. Then we have to figure out how to sell it and make it successful."

This is interesting in and of itself, but Soderlund's comments caught the eye of Ben Cousins: the general manager of ngmoco Sweden and ex-DICE developer. "It is general knowledge in the Stockholm dev scene that Mirror's Edge 2 is in production at DICE," he promptly tweeted, tying in with nicely with plenty of rumours we've heard on the grapevine, not to mention comments from EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau who suggested that a sequel was a case of "how and when" rather than if.

Since EA are working on five projects for next-gen consoles, we wonder whether Mirror's Edge 2 will be one of them. Until we hear more, what do you want from a Mirror's Edge sequel?

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Late  Nov. 21, 2012 at 15:59

Loved the demo of Mirror's Edge, but didn't buy the game in the end (even though it was very quickly in most stores' bargain buckets) because of it's reported flaws - primarily the combat system.

Improve it? Remove it?
It seems unnecessary, and the little bit of free-running I tried in the demo was fantastic fun.

I also seem to recall complaints the game was way too short.

Quietus  Nov. 21, 2012 at 16:15

@Late - Mirror's Edge can usually be picked up for a couple of quid, and I can recommend you do so.

The combat is entirely not what the game is about. You can complete the entire game almost without firing at all. It's all about the freedom of movement, and it's fantastic to pull off some combinations of moves, maintaining your speed the whole time.

Late  Nov. 21, 2012 at 16:36

Will give it a look next time I see it cheap - cheers.

davidpanik  Nov. 21, 2012 at 17:05

I think Mirror's Edge was a flawed masterpiece. The controls could be frustrating and yes, the combat (a tiny, tiny part of the game) wasn't all that but it had a really fresh art style and did a great job and making you really feel like you were doing all this awesome running and acrobatics. I really think a considered sequel would give it the chance to blossom into the game it deserves to be (like with AC2).

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