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EA doubles down on sequels and spinoffs, teases  Mirror's Edge 2
EA doubles down on sequels and spinoffs, teases Mirror's Edge 2
June 10, 2013 | By Kris Ligman

Electronic Arts kicked off its E3 press conference this afternoon, previewing 11 titles intended for next-generation platforms.

Worth noting is that, as we learned previously, that "next gen" qualifier does not include Nintendo's Wii U -- at least not at this stage. All titles showcased at EA's presser are purpose-built for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

There was one exception: in confirming earlier leaks concerning PopCap's Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, a third-person shooter based on its popular browser game, we learned Garden Warfare will be Xbox One first, then move to Xbox 360 at a later point.

For Frostbite 3 games, we saw previews for Star Wars: Battlefront as well as live demos for Need for Speed and Battlefield 4. The hotly anticipated Mirror's Edge 2 was also exhibited, as was BioWare's Dragon Age: Inquisition, which is targeted for Fall 2014.

Unsurprisingly, EA's sports lineups took up the lion's share of today's offerings, with trailers for next-gen NBA, Madden, UFC, and FIFA titles.

In all, EA's roster of titles -- many of which are promised to be playable on the show floor -- are conventional and safe: sequels of existing franchises or new entries into proven genres. Nevertheless, the titles represent a slightly broader spectrum of audiences than we witnessed at the Microsoft press conference, with EA addressing casuals, sports fans, and RPG fans in addition to core player action fare like Battlefield and Titanfall.

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Merc Hoffner
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This is the one thing. The only thing. That can make me like EA.

It's apparently too much to wish beyond hope for it on the Wii U (as genius as that seems in my head), but I'll take Mirror's Edge 2 in the only other appropriate place to get it: On a PC. With Oculus Rift. I expect that might potentially approach the pinnacle of interactive thrill I could ever expect out of gaming. Anything more is beyond my imagination. The End.

Jonathan Ghazarian
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"I like the existence of Mirror's Edge more than I enjoyed playing it."

To me, that sounds exactly like a game you would want a sequel for. I hope they improve on a lot of the problems that the first one had.

Dane MacMahon
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@ Jay

I have never understood why so many found the game frustrating. Might be because I played on PC and I read mouselook really improved the "hit what you're looking at" jumping. I don't know.

I genuinely loved the gameplay and the look of the title though. Excited for more.

Dane MacMahon
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@ Jay
Well, I shot back ;)

That was one of the aspect I most liked actually, running and jumping into a squad, tacking one or two guys, grabbing a weapon and shooting the rest, then taking off again. Just felt so smooth.

Anyway, agree to disagree. I've been doing that since the game came out!

Vytautas Katarzis
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I always felt that Mirror's Edge had problems with level design rather than being flawed from game design perspective. Well, there could be adjustable FoV slider so you could see surroundings better or combat that was somewhat more slick (although I always went for Ghandi run), but I often found saying to myself "damn, this section would have been so much better if they just added wall/pipe in X place" etc.

John Andersen
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Mirror's Edge: The only game that could make me go out and buy a pair of running shoes for real. Looking forward to it "when it's ready".

Dane MacMahon
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Very intense focus on online. I heard several times "online that feels like singleplayer!' They really want solo gamers like me to get online and be monetized... wonder how well it will work.

The games looked good though, for sure.

Alan Rimkeit
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Nuff said.

Daniel Backteman
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Hah yeah, super surprised over the Mirror's Edge 2 announcement after EA ham-handedly made a support page for the then unannounced game. :)

About Dragon's Age: Inquisition - whatever. Feel free to knock my socks off though, Bioware.

Also, Battlefront? Fffffffinally!
No wait, I started thinking. What will be the setting of the new Battlefront - Clone wars, Unleashed? Since Disney's planning to make new movies and they let the game-reins to EA, it wouldn't surprise me if the game will double as a promotion/ad for whatever they're planning.

Edit: Should have checked out Alan's link first. Hoth again, aye?

Matt Cratty
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My socks are still on.