iPhone screenshot

EA revealed this morning that they will be bringing their action adventure game Mirror's Edge to the iPhone. The original Mirror's Edge was a first person action game that on the PC and home consoles featured an amazing amount of fluidity in the chains of acrobatics required to traverse the various buildings of the city the game takes place in.

Here's the trailer for the original PC version in case you missed it:

PC Trailer

In Mirror's Edge, you play as Faith, a member of a secret group known as "Runners" who act as couriers for information that cannot be transmitted in other means due to the totalitarian regime that has taken over and implemented a policy of extremely intrusive surveillance across the game-world.

We don't have a whole lot about iPhone version of the game, but the original had an excellent sense of speed and immersion as you jump, climb, grab, and vault over things jumping from rooftop to rooftop. As seen in the new iPhone screenshots, the view has obviously shifted from first to third person on the iPhone, so it should be interesting to see how much of what made the PC and home console version of the game great translates to the App Store.

Flash screenshot

It should be noted that the game has already been successfully translated into a 2D side scrolling Flash game hosted at MirrorsEdge2d.com -- so this is not completely uncharted territory. The iPhone version does appear much more advanced than the Flash version with 3D graphics and "dynamic camera angles" as seen in the screenshots embedded below.

Here's the developer blurbs about the game which is said to be coming in January 2010:

  • EXPERIENCE THE WORLD OF MIRROR’S EDGE - A place where information is heavily monitored and law is brutally enforced in an effort to create the 'perfect' society.
  • YOUR MISSION -Take control of Faith Connors, a member of an underground messenger group known as Runners, as she races to stop a deadly threat that has grown from within their own ranks.
  • SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST… AND FASTEST - Use Faith's incredible acrobatic moves to outmaneuver the enemy --run on walls, slide down precarious ramps, ride ziplines, and leap between rooftops. Leave the enemy in your dust.
  • EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT EXCITEMENT - Burn through 14 levels of the fastest, most fluid action imaginable. Dynamic camera angles capture the intense action of this unique game.
  • HEIGHTEN YOUR SENSES- Immerse yourself in a stylish, graphically rich 3D environment flooded with realistic sound effects and phenomenal music.
  • samthelion

    Tim Langdell won't be happy though... 😛

    • belsunce

      ok, ROFL @ your comment 😉

      btw, this looks VERY ambitious, but the screenshots are nice! I hope it turns out well

  • IdrisGUITAR

    Looks to me like it might end up worse than mirrors edge 2d, i dont know why they didn;t save time and port the flash game.

    or maybe its probably because this way they can get a way with charging $10

    screenshots dont look good but we will see, i would have been much much more excited for the flash game as that is brilliant. (like a more in depth canabalt)

    • Gigidey

      IMO, It's not Mirrors Edge if it's sidescrolling and third person, Mirrors Edge was fantastic because you felt immersed. And it doesn't seem like this version is going to offer even a remotely similar experience.

    • http://rpg-fanatics.de Crish

      Who could have guessed, that the second post about an game by EA is full stupid flaming. How can you judge now that this game will suck, when you have nothing but a handful of screenshots?

      Mhh...probably the same way, you were saying that the graphic doesn´t look good. The iPhone/iPod Touch doesn´t have a DirectX 10 enabled GPU, so if you want visuel high end gaming experience get an XBox 360, PS3 or PC.

  • Masmo

    Kinda reminds me of the Cops And Robbers game by Glu, well the perspective does.

  • Mikhail

    Hope in the end it animates as well as the Flash version, that Cops and Robbers game was horrible!

  • fvig2001

    I hope they fix the ending.

  • http://iphonetiny.com Craig Grannell

    "Fire up the sue-o-tron, boys - we're going to court!" - Tim Langdell

    • Ranko

      Exactly what i was thinking, Craig! Well-said XD

    • Mikhail

      And then Tim Langdell would be found dead the next morning.

      • LBG

        .... hopefully.

        He deserves a fate worse than death, now I think about it.

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    Without the first person view, it's not Mirror's Edge. It's just another game...

    • Adams Immersive

      A different game, yes. But a fun onw? No way to say right now, so I’m not assuming the worst.

  • LuckyJim

    Part of me hopes this is EA baiting that fraudulant, thieving, smug liar (didn't Langdell try and file a trademark for "Mirrors [a game by] EDGE" or something?

  • http://www.northernbytes.ca Louard

    Disappointed to see the shot of Faith flipping a cop. Combat was a big low point in the original IMO. I felt they just kind of went generic with it instead of really trying to carry the sense of movement and momentum of the running into taking down threats.

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    This is good news! Now they need to make a sequel!

  • iamPro

    Personally, I think a choppy looking 3D side-scroller is worse than a polished flash game.

    Especially so, when Mirror's Edge is no longer playable in first person view.

    Wasn't the whole point of Mirror's Edge being in first person pov?

  • Syferus

    As a fan of the original - if if even just re-purposes some of Solar Fields' soundtrack this game will be worth a look. It's probably the most original video game soundtrack this decade.

  • Frog

    The trailer looks very good and a 3D version will be very much fun, but I expect that this 2,5D version will be too expensive for what you get.

  • Steve

    This game was very poorly executed on the PS3 when I played it. Assassins Creed II does the running high wire mechanic the best. I just can't see this being very good on the iPhone when the console was lousy.

  • MidianGTX

    The console versions were great, but naturally a game you run through as fast as possible was obviously not likely to be long enough, and it wasn't. I agree with the guy that suggested porting the flash version, these 3D graphics look horribly jagged and cheap. Clean vector graphics would look much more modern and clean than some faux-PSX modeling.

    As for the game itself, I can't see it being much more than an expensive "souped-up" version of Canabalt. Automatic running, occasionally swipe when an obstacle comes along, game's over before you know it. It'd be nice if I was wrong but my hopes are low, the best iPhone games come from the smaller devs.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      One thing I've learned about iPlatform game marketing is that screenshots almost always look worse than the actual in-game graphic. Most of that jaggedness will be unnoticeable once the game is in motion -- compare CoD:Zombies screens to YouTube footage.

      Can't tell from the info here whether the game will actually be any good, but even from the pretty terse description there already seems to be more to it than Canabalt. The first screen shot suggests that you'll be able to move sideways to a different platform level, and there's of course some form of combat involved. Perhaps it's a matter of seeing a glass half full or half empty, but I'm cautiously optimistic about it. (Not to say that I wouldn't love to see the Flash game ported as well.)

  • LBG

    let me guess, a week today Gameloft will probably release a game called 'Mirror's Corner' (although it would probably be better than this).

    • Ranko

      i doubt it... copies aren't really better than the real thing. Doesn't mean they aren't good, though. Just that when you have the real thing, why take a copy?

      • Syferus

        It was a joke.

      • LBG

        I'm not saying that copies are best, I am saying that Gameloft do such a good job at copying that you turn a blind eye to the fact that they have been copied. Gameloft pwns all.

  • Syferus

    Opps. I gave you too much credit.

    • LBG

      It was recieved welcomely 🙂

  • thr

    I came buckets. EA is definitely going after gameloft. such a competition is always good for us gamers...

  • Fuad

    I'll be all over this when it comes out. Looks very engaging.

  • Victor

    Hell they could have made an awesome first person version of the game. Something like a momentum based game where you're always running forward, control horizontal movements with the accelerometer and jumping and combat with two or three touch buttons. Could have made for a cool experience. Plus, not to knock Mirrors Edge graphcis, but their simple style would have translated incredibly well to the iPhone with such a small screen.

  • kita

    OH MY GOD!!!! Just bought the first one off steam for 5 bucks and the game is AMAZING in surround sound. I can't WAIT for the iphone version!!!

  • tony

    Wow... I didn't even know this game existed, and I now see where Canabalt was ripped from. I agree with the points about the flash version. It would have been a perfect fit on the iPhone. But I can't complain about them at least trying to do a 3D version. If they can pull it off, I'll definitely buy it.

  • DJR

    OMG are you F**** serious Mirror Edge on iPhone/iPod!!! holy shit! Can't wait!

  • http://www.fishlabs.net fishlabs_games

    Kudos to EA, this looks ACE! If the gameplay keeps up with the looks this will be a great ambassador for iPhone and iPod touch being a serious and proper gaming platform...and an instant buy for me personally 😉