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'Mirror's Edge' confirmed for E3 2014 as new concept art is released

Mirror's Edge
Mirror's Edge
Photo courtesy of Electronic Arts, used with permission

Those hoping to catch a glimpse of "Mirror's Edge" for the PS4, Xbox One and PC at E3 2014 will be happy to hear that an appearance was confirmed Sunday. DICE confirmed the appearance and posted a new piece of concept art to Facebook to help get the hype train started.

The game was officially announced almost exactly one year ago during E3 2013. It will be more of a prequel though with players discovering the origin story of the heroine of "Mirror's Edge," Faith.

"Mirror's Edge" and its heroine Faith have always been dear to us at DICE. That is why we are very excited to announce an all-new next generation Mirror’s Edge is in development,” the studio announced on the game’s website last year.

At the time, new Senior Producer Sara Jansson confirmed that the game is still in the early stages of development and that the studio didn't “want to rush anything. We want to make sure we create an experience that lives up to high expectations and fully takes advantage of the next generation of systems.”

Like the original, the new "Mirror's Edge" will be a first-person action adventure game featuring lots of free running / parkour. The concept art makes clear that the stark dystopian city setting will remain with plenty of chances for running and vertical play. You could also make the argument that Faith looks a little tougher somehow as well in the image.

The original "Mirror's Edge" was released in 2008 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC that received critical acclaim for the way the gameplay moves and the unique, stylish experience it provided at the time. The game was one of the first games to use free running as a core mechanic, which resulted it being introduced in other games to various degrees.

However, critics were also divided due to the game’s overall short gameplay as well as the storyline and animated cut-scenes. Meanwhile, the few instances gunplay and melee combat were not considered highlights of "Mirror's Edge."

Despite its shortcoming, "Mirror's Edge" made a tremendous impact in gaming culture thanks, in part, to a strong female lead in Faith. DICE has been asked about a sequel continually for the past several years both from fans and the gaming press. They now have their wish and can get their first glimpse at Faith on the PS4, Xbox One and PC during Electronic Arts E3 press conference on Monday, June 9 at 3:00 p.m. EDT / 12 p.m. PDT.

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