Almost a year ago, EA Games President Frank Gibeau told GameTrailers that EA was "actively looking at how to bring [Mirror's Edge] back in the right way." A sequel to the first-person free-running action game based on Battlefield 3's Frostbite 2 engine could be in the cards, he said.
Now, fresh evidence suggests the game has been in development for some time—or definitely was at some point in the past. As GamerZines reports, LinkedIn profiles for two former EA employees mention work on the Mirror's Edge sequel, and quite overtly so. Take a look:
Meanwhile, the profile of an ex-EA Software Engineer states that he worked on Mirror’s Edge 2 between July and August 2009, implementing “the wandering of crowd system within Unreal3 engine”.
Another ex-employee says that he was tasked with implementing “new gadgets and interactive features” into Mirror’s Edge 2, including “leaderboards” and a “mini-game embedded into mirror’s edge game story”.
The original game came out in January 2009, so it sounds like work began on the sequel that same year. If early work was on Unreal Engine 3 and EA is now talking about Frostbite 2, though, then the project might have switched engines mid-development.
I hope we see the game in stores soon, regardless. Despite its unforgiving gameplay and prickly combat, the original Mirror's Edge might be my favorite game. There's something uniquely cathartic about free-running across rooftops from a first-person perspective, and the game's excellent art direction and music made the experience unforgettable.
Fans of more conventional games should rejoice, too, by the way. GamerZines says another developer mentioned work on "various AAA titles including the Battlefield: Bad Company 3," so a new Bad Company game might also be in the works at EA.