Update: Further to our original story, a developer update has just been posted on the Mirror’s Edge site which officially confirms the game’s name.
Sara Jansson, Senior Producer on Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, wrote within this update that “This is not a sequel, this is not Mirror’s Edge 2. We have landed on a vision that honors the first game — pushing the boundaries of first person movement and diving deeper into the story behind our heroine Faith — but also brings a lot of great new, interesting gameplay and features to the experience for our players.”
What exactly this means isn’t clear, but it could, as Tuffcub wrote below, point to this being a prequel to the original game – which always ended on a note of some finality – and explain how those events came to be set in motion. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see what EA will show us next week at E3.
In November 2008 Mirror’s Edge was released to critical acclaim but failed to reach the sales targets set by EA. However, as copies were traded in in stores across the globe a second wave of fans found the game, then a third and soon their were millions calling for a sequel.
For many years EA wouldn’t even mention the game but rumours persisted of a sequel and at E3 2013, Mirror’s Edge 2 was finally announced. The game made a brief appearance is E 2014 with DICE stating the game was “still pretty early in development” but thanks to some financial calls we know the game should be out early next year.
A couple of days ago EA filed a trademark for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst in Europe and it was assumed this was the new name for Mirror’s Edge 2. This has now been confirmed by EA.
— Mirror's Edge (@mirrorsedge) June 8, 2015
This does make sense as the game has been confirmed as a prequel, rather than a sequel.
When the game finally hits the shelves it will have been eight long years and a whole generation of consoles since Faith scampered around the rooftops, and I for one am looking forward to seeing her again.