In a console generation where game developers seem to be relying heavily on sequels, it’s always refreshing to see new IPs come out of the woodwork and give us that unique experience we crave. Mirror’s Edge was released in 2008 and, despite mixed reviews at the time, has become a fan favourite. Similarly, the Battlefield: Bad Company series has set a standard for storytelling in first-person shooters, something that is generally lacking in this age of short campaigns and strong multiplayer focus. Both franchises have been dormant for the past couple of years, however there are strong indications from DICE that we haven’t seen the last of these series just yet.
In an interview with IGN, DICE executive producer Patrick Bach gave some not-so-subtle hints that both the Mirror’s Edge and Bad Company IPs are still a going concern. When asked about the future for both franchises, Bach admitted that there is no concrete information on when they might return, however they are far from dead. Mirror’s Edge 2 was in the planning stages before Electronic Arts (EA), for reasons unknown, pulled the plug in early 2011. However, recent interviews with the brass at EA have brought Mirror’s Edge 2 to th surface once more. EA president Frank Gibeau even went on record as saying that they love the series and would be keen on resurrecting it.
As for Bad Company, the series has taken a back seat to the more tactical shooter approach of Battlefield 3 and the upcoming Battlefield 4. While expecting a third game to come out betwee the two is perhaps unrealistic, there is a glimmer of hope in Bach’s interview. When asked about the series, he noted that he personally worked on both Bad Company titles, and the series is very near and dear to him. While he didn’t go so far as to specify any details, he closed the discussion by stating that DICE would “”never kill something that’s great.” However, given that the climate of the first-person shooter genre is rapid-fire releases and a strong multiplayer focus, I wouldn’t hold my breath on a new game coming out in the foreseeable future.
One other point of interest in the interview was Bach making reference to “other projects” that they have in the works. No further elaboration was given, however it’s hard not to run the grocery list of possibilities through your mind. A new IP, perhaps? A sequel to a game that we weren’t expecting? Another blockbuster shooter? All solid possibilities, but as a fan of the original Mirror’s Edge, I am personally hoping that they resurrect the series soon. The original was far from perfect, but it remains a stylish, intense and extremely well made game that is long overdue for a sequel.