â??Smallâ?? DICE team developing Mirrorâ??s Edge 2

â??Smallâ?? DICE team developing Mirrorâ??s Edge 2

By Rob Crossley

June 12th 2009 at 12:59PM

EA confirms Swedish dev DICE is working on the sequel, implies a possible departure from the original

Electronic Arts has confirmed that a ‘small team’ at Swedish outfit DICE is working on a sequel to Mirror’s Edge.

EA’s euro VP Patrick Soderlund told news site VideoGamer at E3 that “we have a small team on it and I’m excited about what we do.”

He didn’t offer any impression that the game is beyond the early stages of development, saying that “you will see another Mirror’s Edge for sure. It’s just a matter of when that time is and what we do with it.”

The news follows the announcement reported on Thursday that DICE is also working on Battlefield 3. However, unlike the proven Battlefield series, EA had overestimated sales expectations for Mirror’s Edge and saw mixed reviews for the game, casting doubt on the future of the franchise.

However, late in 2008 when EA was busy looking into its cost reduction strategy, company CEO John Riccitiello said in a conference call that the series was safe. “Mirror's Edge is one that was very strongly reviewed, that one's going to go forward," he said at the time.

"We're probably going to look into some issues around the design to make sure strong IP is married with strong business.”

Despite Mirror’s Edge not meeting its sales expectations, Soderlund added that the game had “sold better than most people think.”

The Mirror’s Edge demo was one of the most downloaded games on the Xbox 360 in 2008, meaning that the incentive to purchase was lost on many.

“Mirror’s Edge was a risky move. It was a bold move, a very innovative and inspiring move,” said Soderlund, adding that the game had its flaws.