Mirror's Edge Catalyst, sequel to free-running game Mirror's Edge, has an official release date and a first look. At today's E3 press conference, EA announced that Catalyst will be released on February 23rd, 2016. And it showed off a cinematic trailer that promises more complex parkour and combat, along with a story that precedes the bare-bones plot of Mirror's Edge.
Even if the graphics have gotten more complex, the distinctive, starkly colorful aesthetic of Mirror's Edge has carried over into Catalyst fairly well. The original game was based on simple (and occasionally inexplicable) stick-it-to-the-man politics, which developer DICE seems to be elaborating upon slightly here; a younger Faith is trying to resist what looks like a straightforward surveillance state before the events of the first game. There are even slight shades of Remember Me, another promising but flawed dystopian action game, in the prison where much of the trailer is set.
Mirror's Edge was released in 2008; it received mixed reviews — in part because of its clunky fighting system — but built a cult following. A new installment was teased very briefly in 2013, and it made a token appearance last year, where we got a few more details. The final Catalyst name, though, wasn't confirmed until a few days ago. The game will be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.