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EA Exec John Schappert Offers Five Tips to Surviving the Next Three Years

During his presentation at this year's DICE Summit, Electronic Arts COO John Schappert addressed surviving the uncertainties presented by recent job loss figures and waning retail sales numbers. He offered five tips for the next three years in the video game industry, given

Editorial outlet Gamasutra reports that although Schappert recognizes it's not the first time the industry has needed to fight through difficult economic times, he thinks that this storm could be even more severe. A larger number of available platforms and increasingly cautious consumer spending habits both present significant hurdles to success. He asserts that when it comes to high-profile, mass-market titles, "If you're not in the top 30, maybe the top 20, or even the top 10, you're probably not making money." Read more »

"What? psychonauts was a ton of fun, I don't know what you're talking about."
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Mirror's Edge Running to iPhone, iPod touch

Wall-running, roof-jumping heroine Faith Connors is coming to the iPhone and iPod touch, as Electronic Arts has announced that a portable entry in its parkour-inspired dystopian action series Mirror's Edge will hit the iTunes App Store in January.

Whereas the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 original utilized a first-person perspective, the portable iteration appears to be a side-scroller, with EA promising 14 levels and "dynamic camera angles [that] capture the intense action of this unique game." Read more »

"Eh? That name change had nothing to do with EA, EA is/was in legal tussle with the same person ..."
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EA: Mirror's Edge 2 In Development

Following word from EA CEO John Riccitiello that the Mirror's Edge franchise will continue, Electronic Arts has confirmed that a small team is now at work on the sequel.

"You will see another Mirror's Edge for sure," said EA Europe VP Patrick Soderlund to Videogamer. "It's just a matter of when that time is and what we do with it. We have a small team on it and I'm excited about what we do." Read more »

"Yeah. The one thing I hated about that game was how I could do the exact same thing every time ..."
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Mirror's Edge DLC Trailer Highlights New Levels

As the "Pure Time Trial Map Pack" for Mirror's Edge is finally going out to PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners today, publisher Electronic Arts has provided a new trailer.

The $10 download brings seven new maps and nine new races to the time trial mode.

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"yeah i totally remember those geometric mapping comps, lot of people made fun maps from them.. ..."
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Mirror's Edge Time Trial DLC Arrives Today

Electronic Arts has announced that the downloadable "Pure Time Trial Map Pack" for Mirror's Edge will be available for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners today.

Priced at $10, or 800 Microsoft Points, the download adds seven trippy maps and nine new races to DICE's first-person parkour title, promising "no guns, no cops, and no city." The premium-priced downloadable content was originally expected on January 29. Read more »

"yea, plus if they could have tried a more realistic environment too, with some nice gritty city ..."
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Mirror's Edge, Dead Space Break 1 Million

During a conference call today, EA CFO Eric Brown noted that both EA Redwood Shores' Dead Space and DICE's Mirror's Edge sold over one million copies each in 2008.

The figure includes all versions of the games that were released in 2008. The action-horror shooter Dead Space was available on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, while the first-person parkour game Mirror's Edge hit PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2008. Read more »

"I'll be honest, i don't care about Dead Space....by Chapter 6 i was bored and could predict ..."
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Mirror's Edge DLC Delayed

Update: Electronic Arts has confirmed the delay with Shacknews, writing that developer DICE deemed it necessary in order to provide "a completely smooth experience."

The $10 Pure Time Trial Map Pack is now expected to hit PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in February, with the free PS3-exclusive "Synethesia" map still coming tomorrow. Original: Once expected tomorrow, the downloadable content for Mirror's Edge may have suffered a slight delay, according to a PlayStation.Blog post by producer Tom Farrer. Read more »

"First Person Platformers? Portal comes to mind but isnt as physically integrated with the ..."
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Mirror's Edge Hack Enables Third Person View

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A newly-discovered hack for the PC version of Mirror's Edge allows gamers to play the first-person parkour game from the more traditional third-person perspective.

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The hack first showed up over on the forums of fansite On-Mirror's-Edge. As developer DICE designed the game for the first-person view, the model for Faith isn't properly animated and the camera can't be moved up or down, but the game is playable. Read more »

"I don't think that every game has to cater to every player. I'm all for having a more polished ..."
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Mirror's Edge Patch 1.01 Released

Electronic Arts has released the first patch for the PC version of Mirror's Edge, available now on FileShack.

Apparently the 1.01 patch addresses a "possible PhysX lockup issue."

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"On the contrary, I'd rather have frequent patches on the day of release than one big patch three ..."
- psamathos    See all 14 comments

Mirror's Edge DLC Gets Release Date

The PC version of Mirror's Edge heads off to North American retailers today, and in celebration, publisher EA confirmed the release date for the game's upcoming DLC.

Priced at 800 Microsoft Points ($10), the Time Trial downloadable content will be available for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 gamers on January 29. Read more »

"I agree. You can't really expect developers to make new content for you for free once you've ..."
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EA Suggests Dead Space, Mirror's Edge Sequels Are Safe Despite Cuts

While lowered expectations have caused Electronic Arts to consider axing some games, the company has suggested that the planned sequels for EA Redwood Shores' Dead Space and DICE's Mirror's Edge will not be affected by the upcoming cuts.

"Dead Space looks like a long-term big winner for us," EA CEO John Riccitiello stated during a conference call today. "Mirror's Edge is one that was very strongly reviewed. That one's gonna go forward--we'll be looking at some issues around the design to make sure strong IP is married with strong business." Read more »

"DS was my favorite game this year. I really hope they'll axe the LAME Stasis field in any ..."
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Analyst: Weak Sales of Mirror's Edge, Rock Band 2 Could Mean More EA Cuts

Electronic Arts titles such as Mirror's Edge, Rock Band 2 and Need for Speed Undercover are expected to underperform this holiday season, and could spell more product and personnel cuts for the publisher, according to Lazard Capital Markets analyst Colin Sebastian.

"Specifically, we believe several EA titles are tracking below plan at retail this holiday, including Need for Speed Undercover (with disappointing reviews), new franchise Mirror's Edge, and Rock Band 2," said Sebastian, as relayed by Gamasutra. Read more »

"Agreed. Here's to innovation from a major publisher, finally. And then it takes a crap ..."
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Mirror's Edge PC Requirements, PhysX Comparision Video Revealed

The minimum system requirements for the PC version of Mirror's Edge have been unwrapped by developer DICE, along with a video of the new PC-only PhysX effects.

"Actual gameplay footage slowed down to emphasize PhysX effects," the video notes.

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"It would be nice if hardware could surpass the programming for once. Hardware manufacturers need ..."
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Trailer Teases Real-Life Mirror's Edge

Sure, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 editions of Mirror's Edge are already out. But with the PC version due January 13 and some downloadable levels after that, publisher EA is still doing its best to promote the DICE-developed free-running game.

Case in point, the video below, which recreates the game's stunts and levels in real life. That is, except for the part where the video features dudes and the game stars a girl. Read more »

"The problem is that by definition, rooftop parkour is really difficult to film - the runners ..."
- Lone Swordsman    See all 25 comments

Mirror's Edge DLC Trailer and Screenshots: Far Out

Earlier this morning, Mirror's Edge senior producer Owen O'Brien noted that the upcoming downlodable content would feature a "a more abstract aesthetic."

Now, publisher EA has provided some media. Abstract? Well, that's one way to put it.

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"Announcement was pretty clear that it'd be $10 on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360."
- Chris Faylor    See all 106 comments

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