Mirror's Edge reboot is ‘open-world’, says EA Labels boss

The Mirror’s Edge reboot will be an "open-world action adventure game", EA Labels president Frank Gibeau said today during the publisher's E3 2013 analyst call (via CVG). The executive made no further mention of the game, other than to say there’d been a terrific fan reaction to Monday’s news that protagonist Faith is returning in what has officially been described as an “all-new origin story”.

In a recent feature called Mirror's Edge 2 - 15 things the sequel needs, we said: “Mirror's Edge 2 may benefit from an open-world aspect, allowing us to see the entire City in between missions, perhaps wandering off the beaten path for acrobatic side quests. Ancillary missions and other urban intricacies could be buried throughout the place, we just need the linear leash to be taken off. We want to go to the City limits, so let us!”

Gibeau also said today on EA’s analyst call that the company plans to release 11 HD and 14 mobile games in fiscal 2014, down on the number of titles launched in the past two years as the company continues to execute on its "fewer, bigger, better" software release strategy. However, the exec said EA's release rate "will increase going forward” as the next-gen kicks in, noting: "There are probably about five or six new IPs that are fully owned and we haven't announced yet.”

The EA Labels boss also discussed the company’s move to sign a console exclusivity deal with Microsoft for Respawn's Titanfall. While he said EA has “a very balanced portfolio" across both Sony and Microsoft platforms, Gibeau explained: "There are tactical opportunities from time to time on a title or on a service component that we do enter into a relationship with one or two of the first parties on that particular opportunity and we'll execute on it. Titanfall is an example of that. It's a product that came in through our EA Partners group, it's a partnership with Respawn, and there was an opportunity for Microsoft, EA and Respawn to create a tactical opportunity to make Titanfall exclusive to Microsoft.” Titanfall will hit Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC in spring 2014. In a recent opinion piece, we argued that exclusivity will be the key battleground between Microsoft and Sony in the next-gen.


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  • Crimmy - June 13, 2013 10:46 p.m.

    I'm gonna stay cautiously optimistic on this one.
  • archnite - June 12, 2013 8:49 p.m.

    And for EA's next illusion they shall reboot a franchise in its first installment!
  • Moondoggie1157 - June 12, 2013 5:42 p.m.

    Considering Mirrors Edge is one of my all time favourites, change (especially an open-world transition) is really scaryy. But hey, expect the best and prepare for the worst. As much as I'd love a new Mirrors Edge, I still get a shitload of play out of the original, and I bought it when it was new... And I have held back on buying the DLC maps (I'm implying it's a great game, just in case you missed out) Sooooo I'm set regardless, That being said though, don't fuck it up, EA... ..Oh, is it still being developed by DICE? That would kill a bit of my fear, a bit.
  • usmovers_02 - June 12, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    I was really excited for this game. Now I'm cautiously optimistic at best. Open world is a HUGE risk. I highly doubt they can keep up the pace in an open world.
  • patbateman17 - June 12, 2013 12:39 p.m.

    Ehhhh, that's a risk. As long as it's a realized and populated open world it could be ok. I feel like this type of game definitely benefits from being linear though.
  • Redeater - June 12, 2013 12:38 p.m.

    Went from cautiously optimistic to seriously concerned. I enjoyed the linear structure of the first game and don't quite understand how this will benefit the game. I probably own 30-40 open world games this generation the last thing I want in a ME game is half of the play time revolving around crossing the city.....
  • PlainLikeVanilla - June 12, 2013 12:19 p.m.

    Ugh, I'm now worried about the game.
  • Mr.YumYums - June 12, 2013 12:25 p.m.

    I'm hoping that if they keep first person but open world it should be find.. but reading this made me a little worried too... Don't fuck it up EA.

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