Mirror's Edge Catalyst

A continuation of the 2008’s bestselling action game by EA DICE that combined incredibly dynamic gameplay with parkour elements. The story is set in a quasi-totalitarian world of the near future, where powerful corporations replaced governments. The players assume the role of Faith, a courier who, having mastered the art of moving through the urban jungle, through her determination can become the eponymous catalyst of change. Compared to the first installment in the series, the game is not strictly divided into missions (we get to decide the job order and our approach), and the action takes place in an open-world environment that can be freely traversed. Firearms were also dropped, and although direct confrontations with the guards chasing us are unavoidable, our only weapons are wits and the skills that we gradually develop with our progress.

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PC / Windows
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Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Mirror's Edge Catalyst | PC

Action, FPP, science fiction, sandbox, dystopia,

Companies responsible for Mirror's Edge Catalyst

EA DICE / Digital Illusions CE | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Mirror's Edge Catalyst release date for PC:

game language:
English

07 June 2016 | Worldwide

09 June 2016 | Europe

07 June 2016 | USA

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet
Game score 7.3 / 10 calculated out of 360 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.3 / 10 calculated out of 949 players' votes.  

Nowadays, EA DICE is known to PC players mostly due to the bestselling Battlefield series as well as the new version of Star Wars: Battlefront, an online shooter set in the Star Wars universe. However, hardly anyone remembers that before the studio became a part of Electronic Arts, it created many interesting games as Digital Illusions, for example: the cult Pinball (Dreams, Fantasies and Illusions) series or the two underrated racing franchises, Swedish Touring Car Championship and RalliSport Challenge. The Swedish developer also produced one of the most original action games in recent years: the 2008’s Mirror’s Edge.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst for PC / Windows is the second installment of the aforementioned franchise, although it must be stressed that the game is not a sequel to Mirror’s Edge, but rather its enhanced and expanded version, as it was emphasized by the working title: Mirror’s Edge.

Sony PlayStation 4
Game Mirror's Edge Catalyst (PS4) Cover
Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Mirror's Edge Catalyst | PS4

Action, FPP, science fiction, sandbox, dystopia,

Companies responsible for Mirror's Edge Catalyst

EA DICE / Digital Illusions CE | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Mirror's Edge Catalyst release date for PS4:

game language:
English

07 June 2016 | Worldwide

09 June 2016 | Europe PAL

07 June 2016 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet
Game score 3.0 / 10 calculated out of 264 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 206 players' votes.  

Probably everyone has seen the parkour enthusiasts who gracefully skim through all kinds of obstacles that stand in ordinary people’s way in any city. EA DICE, previously known as Digital Illusions before it was acquired by Electronic Arts, decided to employ the advantages of this unusual sport and combine its elements with an enthralling story and gameplay mechanics of a first-person action game. This is how the 2008’s Mirror’s Edge, one of the most original titles in recent years, was born.

Five years later, the creators of the Battlefield series and the refreshed Star Wars Battlefront announced that they work on a sequel to the aforementioned game, called simply Mirror’s Edge (later renamed to Mirror’s Edge Catalyst during the development). At the same time, it was emphasized that the creators' goal is not to spawn a simple continuation, but rather an entirely new and significantly expanded production featuring the characteristic elements of the original.

Microsoft XBOX ONE
Game Mirror's Edge Catalyst (XONE) Cover
Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Mirror's Edge Catalyst | XBOX ONE

Action, FPP, science fiction, sandbox, dystopia,

Companies responsible for Mirror's Edge Catalyst

EA DICE / Digital Illusions CE | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Mirror's Edge Catalyst release date for XBOX ONE:

game language:
English

07 June 2016 | Worldwide

09 June 2016 | Europe PAL

07 June 2016 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet
Game score 8.7 / 10 calculated out of 227 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 5.6 / 10 calculated out of 152 players' votes.  

Before Mirror’s Edge came out on PCs and the 7th-generation consoles in 2008, nobody had thought that combining typical first-person action game with the elements of niche but incredibly spectacular parkour can result in such an explosive mix. Moreover, a mix that is praised by both critics and players alike. In such case, a sequel had to be a matter of time, although calling this game a direct continuation would be slightly exaggerated. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst for Xbox One is basically a reboot that offers the unique gameplay mechanics of the original along with a number of new solutions. All these features were transferred into a huge, open-world environment.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst was developed by EA DICE, studio known mostly for the bestselling Battlefield series and the new version of Star Wars Battlefront, an online shooter. The original game's developer, previously called Digital Illusions, is also the creator of the cult Pinball series as well as numerous racing games, including Motorhead and RalliSport Challenge.

Microsoft Xbox 360
Game Mirror's Edge Catalyst (X360) Cover
Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Mirror's Edge Catalyst | XBOX 360

Mirror's Edge Catalyst release date for XBOX 360:

game language:
English

canceled | Worldwide

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet
Expectations: 7.0 / 10 calculated out of 210 players' votes.  

Mirrors Edge Catalyst is a sequel to Mirror’s Edge, an action game in which we assumed the role of a courier by the name of Faith, who used her parkour skills to deliver various kinds of packages and messages in a totalitarian world of the near future. The new game was developed by EA DICE — the creators of the 2008’s original, best known for the Battlefield series — and was initially expected to be released on Xbox 360, as well. However, despite the unofficial speculation that Mirrors Edge Catalyst will be released for both the 7th- and the 8th-generation platforms, the Xbox 360 edition of the game was canceled.

Sony PlayStation 3
Game Mirror's Edge Catalyst (PS3) Cover
Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Mirror's Edge Catalyst | PS3

Mirror's Edge Catalyst release date for PS3:

game language:
English

canceled | Worldwide

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet
Expectations: 7.9 / 10 calculated out of 135 players' votes.  

Mirrors Edge Catalyst is a sequel to Mirror’s Edge, an action game in which we assumed the role of a courier by the name of Faith, who used her parkour skills to deliver various kinds of packages and messages in a totalitarian world of the near future. The new game was developed by EA DICE — the creators of the 2008’s original, best known for the Battlefield series — and was initially expected to be released on PlayStation 3, as well. However, despite the unofficial speculation that Mirrors Edge Catalyst will be released for both the 7th- and the 8th-generation platforms, the PlayStation 3 edition of the game was canceled.

Story

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst for PC / Windows is not a sequel to Mirror’s Edge, but a completely new game which uses the world and characters as well as elements of the story and gameplay mechanics of its predecessor. The action is set in the city of Glass, one of many metropolises in the futuristic, quasi-totalitarian world that has no authorities whatsoever. Instead, the power is held by powerful and influential corporations affiliated with the so-called Conglomerate. Its society, living in constant fear, is being persistently invigilated and all resistance on its part is brutally thwarted.

The players assume the role of Faith, a “runner” known from the original Mirror’s Edge, who mastered the art of moving through the urban jungle, and because of her unusual skills, she makes a living with petty theft, industrial espionage, and her illegal job as a courier. Thanks to Faith’s abilities and incredible determination, it is her who can become the catalyst of change that could spark a revolution and put an end to the totalitarian reign of corporations. In the game, the protagonist will visit a number of city locations, from skyscrapers’ rooftops to dark underground tunnels. Agents of KrugerSec, the armed branch of the corporate Conglomerate led by the charismatic Gabriel Kruger, are Faith’s primary enemies.

Gameplay

The most important change in relation to Mirror’s Edge is the fact that the developers decided not to rigidly divide the gameplay into missions. The action is set in a huge open world that can be freely traversed, while the primary storyline is complemented by a myriad of side quests and secondary activities. Moreover, a much larger emphasis was put on the development of the protagonist, who changes in the course of the game from an innocent girl wronged by the system into a brave and ruthless freedom fighter. While exploring, Faith collects energy orbs, the so-called gridlocks, which are scattered throughout the world. These items allow her to acquire new, useful skills that enable her to, for example, reach previously unavailable places.

The realistically recreated movement set that uses a wide variety of parkour stunts still remains the most characteristic element of the series. However, in Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, we can no longer use firearms which used to be an alternative way to eliminate our opponents in the original game. Naturally, the sequel will not lack the opportunities to confront our enemies directly but, this time around, these will involve only the physical strength and cunning on the protagonist’s part. Due to this change, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst comes with expanded combat mechanics that allow us to perform more effective and precise strikes. Furthermore, we can use the environment in combat and thus push our opponents off the rooftops, knock them out while sliding down a zip line, or simply shove them on various objects.

Game modes

Contrary to the original Mirror’s Edge, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst for PC / Windows offers a multiplayer mode, similar to that of Watch_Dogs or Test Drive Unlimited. While playing, we are constantly connected to the Internet, and many players can be active in a single world at the same time. The game was also supplemented with special missions (for example: time challenges), which allow the players to cooperate or compete, as well as special online scoreboards.

Technical aspects

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst for PC / Windows is powered by the latest version of the Frostbite engine, known mostly from the Battlefield series and the recent installments of the Need for Speed franchise. At the same time, the developers managed to preserve the general atmosphere of the gameplay as well as the characteristic elements of the 2008’s original. However, will no more feature animated cutscenes, for they were replaced with their game engine powered counterparts. Undoubtedly, one of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst's advantages is the fact that it is devoid of loading screens despite its huge open world.

PEGI Rating

Age rating. The PEGI rating considers the age suitability of a game, not the level of difficulty.Game contains depictions of violence.

System requirements

Recommended: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz/AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz, 16 GB RAM, graphic card 4 GB GeForce GTX 970/3 GB Radeon R9 280x or better, 25 GB HDD, Windows 10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core i3-3250 3.50 GHz/AMD FX-6350 3.9 GHz, 6 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 650 Ti/Radeon R9 270x or better, 25 GB HDD, Windows 7 64-bit

Mirror's Edge Catalyst launch trailer - Why we run

Mirror's Edge Catalyst launch trailer - Why we run | 1:53

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Mirror's Edge Catalyst PC system requirements revealed

News 20 April 2016 13:07

EA and DICE have revealed the minimum and recommended specs for Mirror's Edge Catalyst on PC. See if your PCs are ready for the closed beta, which starts this week, a month before the full release.

Mirror's Edge Catalyst is the Official Title of the Successor of Mirror's Edge

News 10 June 2015 12:27

Electronic Arts has launched the official website of Mirror's Edge Catalyst, thereby confirming that the successor of Mirror's Edge from 2008 will receive the subtitle "Catalyst".

Mirror's Edge: Catalyst Hands-on – Faith free running through an open world

Preview 14 April 2016 18:00

We went to Sweden to take a look at the newest game in the Mirror’s Edge series, which is steadily approaching its release date. What has changed in this first-person parkour simulator in the last eight years?