It looks like the employees of Electronic Arts are not going to be having a bright Christmas harvest this year. I've talked about the bugs in their newest release, Battlefield 4, before; and, like most gamers, I don’t have a lot of nice things to say about EA, but definitely didn't see this coming.
EA announced a couple of weeks ago that, due to the extreme problems they were having with Battlefield 4, they were going to put their partnership with developer DICE on ice, so to speak. All future projects are on hold indefinitely. Rumor has it that BF4 was so bad that EA is currently being investigated by a law firm, to see if they issued false promises to investors and gamers.
With that in mind, let’s talk about Mirror’s Edge.
Mirror’s Edge came out in 2008, developed by DICE two years after they were bought by EA. If you look at the list of games DICE developed between the time the acquisition was announced and 2009, the list is nothing but Battlefield games and expansion packs, with the exception of Mirror’s Edge.
Mirror’s Edge was, if nothing else, unique. It is a first-person parkour game, in which you play a Runner named Faith. Faith is an illegal courier who operates on rooftops in an Orwellian, futuristic city. Your sole goal is “run.” It was far, far from perfect, but it was like nothing I've played before or since. I wanted it to be made better, through an improved sequel or a spiritual successor.
So imagine my joy when I saw a teaser trailer for Mirror’s Edge 2 among the trailers at the 2013 E3 Convention. Now it’s starting to look like I might not see that game for quite some time. It’s one of the projects that DICE has put on hold, along with the new Star Wars game.
What exactly is happening to the industry? Is this a symptom of a bigger problem? I couldn't really say, but I do think it is a bit odd that the words “bottom line” are being used more and more when referring to games like Battlefield 4 and Mirror’s Edge 2.
The gaming industry might just have some bugs of its own to patch. If not, then EA certainly does.