In a bid to “reach a bigger group of people,” the developers at DICE are using no buttons in the controls for the Mirror’s Edge reboot in order to improve accessibility for newer gamers.DICE director Patrick Söderlund explained why the simplified controls are necessary for the new Mirror’s Edge.
“The simplified controls are needed because it’s a reboot,” explained Söderlund, “People did not understand the concept of running in the first game so we have decided to remove all of the buttons from the controls in this one. The only thing players will need to do is push the control stick in the right direction. If you add buttons to the equation, players get confused when there are so many options available to them.”
“It’s a reboot, not a sequel, so we don’t have to improve on the first game or build on its foundations,” continued Söderlund, “We don’t want to alienate people who were fans of the old one, but at the same time, if we have to snub them in order to increase the player base, then so be it. I believe the Mirror’s Edge reboot is a culmination of the best parts of gaming and when players try the button-less controls, they will agree with me.”
We also spoke with EA Labels president Frank Gibeau on why they had DICE work on a reboot rather than a sequel.
“We don’t want newcomers to the series playing the original Mirror’s Edge and then not trying the new one because it was so difficult,” said Gibeau, “This is one of the main reasons we’re calling this a reboot and not a sequel. So when people ask for a Mirror’s Edge game, we hand them this one rather than the old one in order to increase the chances of gaining a fan.”
“As I’ve said before, the most important thing about this reboot is increasing the amount of people who buy it,” continued Gibeau, “The mistake that other companies make is that they create games for gamers when then should be creating games for people. We’re hitting every check mark to ensure this happens. Accessibility, good marketing, Asian female character. These are the three things that will sell the new Mirror’s Edge to people.”
One of the new features of the Mirror’s Edge reboot is that there will be a compass in the upper part of the screen telling people which way to hold the control stick.