From the outside, it may seem as though Swedish game developer DICE has become something of a ‘Battlefield house’ – the place where Battlefield and its franchise spin-offs are made.
The studio is also known for the exceptional first-person action running game, Mirror’s Edge, but due to a very poor commercial reception for that title, we haven’t seen a sequel since its release in 2008.
Hope Springs Eternal
In a recent interview with the Official Xbox Magazine, however, EA Games vice president Patrick Soderlund has given new hope to a so-called Mirror’s Edge 2, while spelling out the work currently underway at DICE:
“… the DICE guys are roughly 300 people in the Stockholm studio; not all of them are working on Battlefield things, and that’s intentional, because we don’t want to become a Battlefield factory.
“The minute we start saying ‘you’re going to make a Battlefield game for the rest of your life’, they’re going to go some place else. So for them to make great Battlefield games there need to be other things for them to do as well. That’s why we have people who move around quite a bit. And then obviously we have a boatload of people that just want to make Battlefield because they love it.”
Something Old, Something New
Speaking on the issue of gamers wanting new intellectual property, but not really knowing what they want in the end, Soderlund continued:
“… but the problem then is that players seem to want sequels, they like the next iteration of the game they love, and even if people say they want new IPs, when new IPs arrive no one cares, they don’t buy them, so I still don’t understand why people see it as a problem when they’re part of, they’re creating the problem.
“I would love for people to buy new IPs and prove with their wallet what they mean, instead of blaming someone else. There’s a big chunk of money you invest in games so you want at least your money back.”
A Voice in the Wilderness…
Following the publishing of this interview, ex-EA studio head and Battlefield developer Ben Cousins sent out a Twitter tweet seemingly confirming the existence of Mirror’s Edge 2, saying:
“It is general knowledge in the Stockholm dev scene that Mirror’s Edge 2 is in production at DICE”
‘General knowledge?’ People as high up as EA CEO John Riccitiello have expressed their desire to continue on with the Mirror’s Edge franchise, but have placed the pressure on the developers to create a game that will spark the interest of gamers and sell well enough to warrant the existence of the series.
Did you play the original Mirror’s Edge? What did you think of it? Do you think it deserves to continue on as a franchise or should DICE try to create all-new intellectual property instead?