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Five pages from Mirror’s Edge Exordium


 
Hi there, two things today: first, Polygon has the first five pages of Mirror’s Edge Exordium, the comics set to release on September 9. It looks great (better than the first comic we know) and features Faith distracting security guards to allow two of her friends to enter a building.
 
The other thing is an official tweet from the Mirror’s Edge account with a photo from DICE studio showing a 3D artist working on what seems to be a runner tattoo. I have to say, seeing that is pretty cool!

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[Update 4] Mirror’s Edge Catalyst at Gamescom ’15

EA’s Gamescom conference is still going on and we already have a new video about Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and it’s pure gameplay:
 

In this first Mirror’s Edge Catalyst gameplay trailer, experience the moment where Faith begins her rise from a carefree runner to the hero the city needs. Playing in first person allows players to feel her fluid movement, combat and power.

At the beginning of the game, Faith is released from juvenile detention, and her long-time mentor, Noah, has welcomed her back to the Runner’s lair. He now trusts Faith enough to give her a true Runner’s job. She is tasked to break into the Elysium building in the Downtown district to find a terminal where she can get access to important information. However, things don’t go as planned as Gabriel Kruger makes an unannounced visit to the facility…

 
And here’s a screenshot that’s been published on social networks:
 


 
I’ll update this article if needed so think about coming back :)
 
UPDATE 1:
The official website has been updated with several new articles, I’m going to read them and update this article again to tell you the most important details, in the meantime, here are some new screenshots:
 




 
UPDATE 2:
The first article is a biography of Faith. Here’s what we learn:

  • Her parents’ names: Martin Connors and Erika Connors.
  • Glass is the third largest city in Cascadia.
  • The November Riots opposed non-violent protesters lead by Faith’s parents against the police and KrugerSec (the largest private security firm).
  • Faith barely got away, saved by Noah, a friend of her parents. He became a substitute father to her. He’s also the guy who’s talking to her over the radio in the game.
  • After the riots, two entitites emerged: the Black November resistance movement and the Conglomerate. Faith is neutral.
  • Faith is quite selfish (at least in the beginning), she cares more about running than helping the people.

 
UPDATE 3:
The other article is dedicated to the city of Glass and is presented like an official tourist’s guide published by the city itself:

  • The coastal city of Glass is located to the far south of Cascadia Prime.
  • Glass is one of two development hubs for Silvine Systems and therefore stands at the forefront of the digitized revolution.
  • The city of the first game was probably called “Sky City”.
  • (From the government’s point of view) the city is full of life and leisure activities.
  • Centuries ago, Glass used to be a small seaside village.
  • There’s a new calendar, starting at FY00 (when “our proud Nation of Cascadia was formed”).
  • When the city started growing, crime augmented as well, until the “Kruger Uprising”.
  • The riots happened in FY34.
  • “The Conglomerate Board decided to do its utmost to eradicate and heal the terrible trauma of those chaotic weeks, and CC Corp was given the full mandate to refurbish and reconstruct the city”.

 
The way this article is written (from the point of view of the government), it really looks like I’m reading a dystopian novel like Orwell’s 1984: the people has no right except smiling and saying everything is alright even if it’s completely untrue.
 
UPDATE 4:
Here are three new screenshots published by Gamersyde:
 



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Official website update


 
As I told you a few days ago, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will be at Cologne’s Gamescom.
Vincent Vukovic (Community Manager at DICE) has even confirmed that the game will be playable for those who will be there!
There will also be a new trailer and some actual gameplay! Can’t wait to see that (in less than two days by the way).
 
In the same article, Vincent Vukovic also takes time to reply to three frequently asked questions about Mirror’s Edge Catalyst:

  • 1. Is Mirror’s Edge Catalyst a prequel, a sequel or something entirely else? It’s a completely new game based on the universe of the first Mirror’s Edge and it’s about Faith’s origins.
  • 2. Is Mirror’s Edge Catalyst a free-roaming game? Yes.
  • 3. When is it going to be released and for what platform? February 23rd (North America) and February 25th 2016 (Europe) on PC (Origin), PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

 
He concludes the article by saying that you can submit your fan arts and cosplays to their official social networks accounts (links in the nav bar above, under “officials”).

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EA at Gamescom next week


 
In just a few days, Cologne (Germany) will host the famous Gamescom. E3 2015 is still fresh in our minds with the glorious announcement of Catalyst, but EA will tell us more about Mirror’s Edge at Gamescom. Hopefully we’ll have some new pictures and videos but in any case, stay tuned next Wednesday (Aug. 5) at 4 AM Eastern and 1 AM Pacific for the U.S., 9 AM for the U.K. and 10 AM for the rest of Europe.
 
In other news, the Cosplay Contest is over and winners have been picked, here are their photos:
 

And to conclude: the official Mirror’s Edge account on Twitter has shared a link to our fansite so… Thank you!!

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ME Exordium #2 cover

Dark Horse has just published a new page for the second issue of Mirror’s Edge Exordium (the comic book).
It’s available for pre-order for $3.99 and the release date is set to October 14. The writer and artists are the same as in the first issue.
Here’s the cover, featuring Faith and an unknown man (probably another runner):
 

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News from last week


 
I have been away for about a week and now that I’m back, it’s time to get back to work: here’s what we missed:
 
First, Gamespot talked to narrative director Christofer Ermgard about the story in Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and there are some interesting details to remember.

“We are doing something that is new; it’s different and separate from the first game,” Ermgard explained. “You will recognize maybe the names of some characters, but they will be different characters in this one. Sometimes we even have the name and the look, but the character, what they do is still different, so there are some carry-overs in terms of ideas.

Once again he insists on the fact that Catalyst is to be considered a completely different game from the first one, it would almost be a mistake to try comparing these two games. People who have never played Mirror’s Edge won’t have any problem playing Catalyst.
About Faith, Christofer Ermgard says they are trying a different approach, they’re really trying to dive deep in her story and her origins. In the first game, all the main events of Faith’s life had happened before the beginning of the story, but in Catalyst she will have to face difficult situations that will make her change as a person.
The comic book Mirror’s Edge Exordium will tell us more about Faith’s story with events leading up to the beginning of Catalyst. The first issue is still set for release on September 9th with an issue every month until the game’s release in Ferbruary 2016.
 
Senior Producer Sara Jansson has talked to xb1.co.uk about the world in Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. Nothing extraordinary here, she just says that the city won’t be entirely accessible from the beginning, instead you will have access to a small portion of Glass and more will be revealed throughout your progression in the story.
 
Broken Frontier has interviewed Robert Sammelin who is a concept artist at DICE and the artist behind the Mirror’s Edge Exordium comics. Nothing much about ME though but if you want to read the interview, click here.
 
To conclude, there’s word that Mirror’s Edge could become backwards compatible on Xbox One but nothing has been officially confirmed so we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Various info

Here are a few different things that I want to tell you.
 
First of all, The Art of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst has appeared on Amazon.fr so if you live in France, click here to pre-order it (38,09€). Of course it’s also available on Amazon.com ($35.99) and Amazon.co.uk (£26.03). The release date is still set to 23 February 2016.
 
About the cosplay contest, here’s what the prize looks like (it’s a lithograph from the comic book signed by the development team):
 


 
And then, a picture of Icarus that I’ve never seen before. Thanks to OvenDonkey for sendind it to me! Note that his hood has the mention “Pirandello”… Intriguing isn’t it?
 

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