Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Has Been Delayed Once More

It’s definitely not uncommon for developers to delay the release dates of their games in order to add no features or to make sure that the final release is bug-free. They can even delay their games more than once, which is exactly what has happened to the upcoming open-world action-adventure platform video game Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. Apparently, this title is now scheduled for a June 7 release in North America and June 9 release in Europe, but since the previous release date was for May 24, we’re not looking at too much of a wait in the end. According to the Design Director of Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, Erik Odeldahl, the delay was necessary in order to allow his team to address the valuable feedback that gamers left on after the Closed Beta phase. They also want to perfect the title’s Social Play features, which is probably a good idea.

The official statement was released on the game’s official website, and its most important segment was the following:

“To support the Social Play features, we are using a brand new online technology. We also want to make sure we have the opportunity and time to address player feedback from the Closed Beta. That is why we will give ourselves a bit more time to perfect the game, with a new release date for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst of June 7th (NA) and June 9th (EU).”

Hopefully, the extra two weeks will give EA DICE enough time to polish up Mirror’s Edge Catalyst so that we may enjoy a smooth launch.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst System Requirements Revealed

Mirror’s Edge is one of the most inventive games in recent memory due to the enthralling first person perspective and intense parkour mechanics. Furthermore, you feel a sense of being vulnerable and have to rely on your evasion skills instead of traditional weaponry. Personally, I absolutely adore the Mirror’s Edge formula and cannot wait for its sequel, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst which is currently scheduled for release on May 24th in the US. EA has just released the minimum PC requirements prior to the game’s release:

MINIMUM:

  • OS: Windows® 7 64-Bit (use the latest Service Pack)
  • CPU: Intel i3-3250 / AMD FX-6350. (Note: Mirror’s Edge Catalyst requires at least 4 logical cores to run.)
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 25 GB of free space
  • VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 650 Ti 2GB or better / AMD Radeon R9 270x or better
  • INPUT: Keyboard and mouse, dual analogue controller

RECOMMENDED:

  • OS: Windows® 10 64-Bit (use the latest Service Pack)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 at 3.4 GHz / AMD FX-8350 at 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 25 GB of free space
  • VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970 4GB or better / AMD Radeon R9 280x 3GB or better
  • INPUT: Keyboard and mouse, dual analogue controller

Most PC gamers with a relatively modern system should be able to play the game without any complications. However, quoted specifications rarely give an insight into a game’s optimization and there’s no information regarding the resolution used. On the other hand, 16GB of RAM is a large amount considering a large number of people are still using 8GB. As always, we will have a performance analysis report which outlines the frame-rate across various graphics cards.

Are you looking forward to Mirror’s Edge Catalyst?

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Story Trailer Released

Mirror’s Edge is one of the most inventive games in recent memory and adopts an intense first-person perspective. Instead of relying on traditional shooting mechanics, the game evokes such a tense feeling due to the lack of weaponry. In Mirror’s Edge, you have to use your flexible parkour skills to evade enemies, and ascend various buildings. This results in an unbelievably unique experience and I’d love to revisit Mirror’s Edge with some kind of VR support. Although, I doubt this is for everyone and could easily cause some motion sickness. After a considerable amount of time, the game is finally receiving a sequel entitled, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. To mark the sequel’s upcoming release on May 24th, EA has released a trailer showing the story and character interactions. The YouTube description reads:

“Faith Connors is a self-assured thrill-seeker and one of the best Runners in the city of Glass. But Faith’s carefree days are numbered. As she crosses paths with the evil Gabriel Kruger and the city’s oppressive Conglomerate, Faith finds herself running for something far more important.”

Also, the in-engine footage looks absolutely astonishing and I hope the final version isn’t downscaled in any way! Additionally, Faith is such a fantastic leading protagonist features superb voice acting. It’s great to see EA stick to the classic Mirror’s Edge formula which works so well, and hopefully the sequel lives up to people’s very high expectations. Honestly, I’m not overly keen on some of the other character voices, but this shouldn’t impact on the overall experience too much. Questions still remain though if the in-engine footage will represent the final gameplay especially on the current consoles. PC users should expect a good version given DICE’s reputation, although recent releases like Battlefield 4 were completely broken.  There’s very few EA franchises which make me excited, but Mirror’s Edge is certainly one of them!

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Delayed to May 2016

Mirror’s Edge revolves around intense parkour gameplay which provides a tense, enthralling experience. Instead of relying on weaponry, you have to evade enemies and quickly scale buildings. The game rightfully received critical acclaim for being completely unique and it holds up remarkably well. After an agonizing wait, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst was finally announced. Although there were some concerns about the parkour element being diluted to allow for more combat.

Today, an official statement has been released by Senior Producer, Sara Jansson about the game’s release date which reads:

“Years ago, we set out an ambitious vision for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. Achieving that vision and delivering the best possible experience is equally inspiring and challenging. And it takes time. We set out to create a vast city to explore, full of stunning vistas, majestic skyscrapers, and mysterious tunnels. We’re building the most immersive action-adventure game with fluid movement and combat in first person. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will be an all-new playground with a deeper and more engaging story – and we want to accomplish all these goals to the highest quality possible.

So we’ve made the decision to bring Mirror’s Edge to the world starting May 24, 2016. We will use these few extra months to make sure that when you step into the massive City of Glass and experience the rise of Faith, it’s as entertaining, impressive, and memorable as it can be.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst has received an incredible response from fans around the world over the past months. You’ve been eager to see the return of Faith and the unique style and gameplay that only Mirror’s Edge can create. Witnessing your positive reactions has been amazing motivation for me and the rest of our passionate team at DICE.

Thank you again for your patience and support. Keep the Faith.”

While the news is a little bit disappointing, i’d prefer the final product to be optimized, visually stunning and a wonderful single-player experience. If this means waiting until May 2016, then I’m sure the delay will be a worthwhile sacrifice.

Humble Origin Bundle Is Revealed! Top-Tier Titles For Pay-What-You-Want Prices

After the successes of the Humble Deep Silver Bundle I thought the next amazing bundle would take a while to come around but I have just been proven wrong. The latest Humble Bundle is teaming up with Origin and EA to offer a wide range of top tier titles. As you can see above there is Dead Space and Dead Space 3 on offer, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Crysis 2 Maximum Edition, Mirror’s Edge, Medal of Honor, Battlefield 3 and the Sims 3 with Starter Pack DLC.

For once there is a “minimum” for the order, of $1, but for $1 you can pick up Dead Space and Dead Space 3, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Crysis 2 Maximum Edition, Mirror’s Edge and Medal of Honor. For meeting or beating the current average of $4.74 you can get Battlefield 3 and the Sims 3 with the Starter Pack DLC.

Unlike many previous bundles EA is allowing 100% of proceeds to go to charity or the humble tip. Yes that’s right EA isn’t taking a penny from any of these game sales, they don’t even give you the option to give them money as part of your purchase. The charities are Human Rights Campaign, Watsi, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, American Cancer Society and American Red Cross. You can also donate part of the amount to the Humble Bundle organisation.

In terms of how the games are delivered, all the titles are given Origin codes. Additionally, you can get Steam codes for Dead Space, Burnout Paradise, Crysis 2, Mirror’s Edge and Medal of Honor. That means in effect you get two of those games and of course if you prefer one platform over the other you can give the other keys to a friend.

So we’d encourage everyone who plays games, even if only infrequently, to pick this bundle up because it is unlikely you’ll ever see all these games this cheap again in the history of EA’s existence.

Image courtesy of Humble Bundle

Mirror’s Edge 2 Leaked, Should Be At E3 2013

 

Amazon Germany have a bit of a history when it comes to leaking “yet to be released” games. Just recently they were caught red-handed with a copy of Mirror’s Edge 2 listed on their website for the Xbox 360 despite the game being under wraps by DICE.

What this all probably means then is that Mirror’s Edge 2 will be shown at E3 2013 next month. This is quite surprising given that DICE are currently working on Battlefield 4 and were working on a lot of Battlefield 3 DLC over the previous 6-12 months.

Mirror’s Edge 2 will be a sequel to the first person free running action game Mirror’s Edge that was released way back in 2008. The game is expected to be released in the very near future and was listed for Xbox 360. It has been noted by Softpedia that the box art also has Xbox One elements on it and so it can be implied that Mirror’s Edge 2 will probably be released on both current and next generation consoles.

Any Mirror’s Edge fans will probably have to wait until E3 2013 to find out for definite. The listed pre-order prices was a huge €99.99.

What are your thoughts on the potential for a Mirror’s Edge 2?

Image Courtesy of Amazon Germany