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All Articles: Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
June is typically a slow period for new game releases, but The NPD Group’s look at last month’s best-selling games proves just how slow it was. According to tracking firm, consumer spending on games was down 20% from last year, when Batman: Arkham Knight launched to strong reviews and even stronger sales.
To make matters worse, the only new release to crack the top ten were Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (#3) and Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst (#5). But that means the path to the top of the list was clear for Overwatch, which rode a wave of support from fans to become June 2016’s best-selling game. Grand Theft Auto V (#2) and Doom (#4) rounded out the top five.
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in June, as NPD Analyst Liam Callahan told GamesIndustry.biz: “After 32 months since the launches of the PS4 and Xbox One, the combined cumulative hardware sales for these two consoles exceed the sales of [the PS3 and Xbox 360] by 40% at the same point in their lifecycles.”
However, the biggest news this month might be the new way that the NPD reports their monthly sales data. Provided a publisher supplies the numbers, the company has agreed to begin integrating digital sales into their monthly tally. Most publishers have already signed on, though Bethesda, Sony, and Mojang remain holdouts, and Blizzard has decided not to share sales data from Battle.net.
A complete look at last months top ten best-selling titles can be found after the break. (more…)
“Follow Faith, a daring free runner, as she fights for freedom in the city of Glass.”
This short sentence should be enough to put a smile on the face of anyone who was a fan of 2008’s Mirror’s Edge. And that’s because Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst is now available to download for the Xbox One through the Xbox Games Store. Also now available to download is the continuing adventures of Jesse and his/her Order of the Stone in Minecraft: Story Mode. Telltale released the sixth episode, “A Portal To Mystery,” this week, and future episodes will be available soon.
Finally this week, Wales Interactive’s first-person adventure game, Soul Axiom, has been added to the Xbox Games Store for the Xbox One. Billed as a “cyber-thriller” by the developer, Soul Axiom will give players the chance to solve puzzles, manipulate the environment, and explore their digital afterlife.
More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)
Prepare to return to long-forgotten worlds in today’s PlayStation Store update.
Electronic Arts and DICE have resurrected the city of Glass for Faith to freerun once more. In Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst (PS4), players will learn about the origin behind Faith’s rebellious nature while leaping between skyscrapers to stop an oppressive government.
It hasn’t been gone quite as long, but Telltale Games is already set to return to Minecraft: Story Mode with the unexpected sixth episode, A Portal to Mystery, which is now available to download on the PS4 and PS3.
Speaking of games that’ll be available on both of Sony’s home consoles, we have Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir from Atlus and Vanillaware. Also available to download for the Vita, Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir is the remake of a side-scrolling RPG originally released for the PS2 in 2007.
Image & Form is a big fan of the side-scrolling aesthetic, and the developer will release its side-scrolling strategy game, SteamWorld Heist, for the PS4 and Vita this week. The space saga, which is Cross-Buy on the PS4 and Vita, originally made its debut on the 3DS last year.
Finally this week, Double Fine will add the original Psychonauts to the PS2-On-PS4 program. While progress on the crowdfunded sequel continues, players will get a chance to re-experience all the zaniness of Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp in Raz’s original adventure.
More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. And, as always, a complete rundown of this week’s new add-ons and discounts is available at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)
You’ve gotta have Faith in this week’s new retail releases, because the star of Mirror’s Edge is back.
Eight years after her first adventure, Faith is back in Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, a prequel/reboot for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Players will return to the city of Glass and use their first-person freerunning skills to climb skyscrapers and battle the oppressive government.
Another underdog is back on store shelves this week as Nintendo plans to release Kirby: Planet Robobot for the 3DS. Standing up to an alien invasion, Kirby will pilot a battle mech and blast his way through dozens of stages to take back Dream Land.
Also this week, Atlus and Vanillaware have teamed up to produce Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, an HD remake of 2007’s Odin Sphere, for the PS4, PS3, and Vita. The side-scrolling action RPG includes five playable characters and a unique take on Norse mythology.
Finally this week, Koei Tecmo will release Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book, the 17th game in the Atelier series of RPGs, for the PS4, and Arc System Works will launch Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, the latest game in the 2D fighting series, for the PS4 and PS3.
A few other games will also make their way onto store shelves this week, and you can find the complete list after the break. (more…)
“You can run for this skyline / Your eyes open wide.”
Getting a famous musician to do your game’s theme song is all the rage nowadays, which is why Karen O recently contributed “I Shall Rise” to Rise of the Tomb Raider and Florence + The Machine covered Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” for Final Fantasy XV.
Yesterday, we were treated to “Warning Call” from Chvrches, a brand new song from the Scottish band, and the theme song to the upcoming Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst.
“We were honored to be asked to contribute to the soundtrack for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst,” said Iain Cook, the band’s guitarist. “The sound of Chvrches’ music resonates with the minimalist sci-fi dystopia of the Mirror’s Edge world, and we feel that the song complements the drama, emotion and empowering themes of Faith’s story.”
Developed by DICE and published by EA, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on June 7.
Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst has suffered yet another delay. But fans of Faith shouldn’t feel too discouraged… they’ll only have to wait an additional two weeks. The news arrived via the game’s official website, where Design Director Erik Odeldahl wrote that DICE now needs until June 7 to “perfect” the game:
To support the Social Play features, we are using a brand new online technology. We also want to make sure we have the opportunity and time to address player feedback from the Closed Beta. That is why we will give ourselves a bit more time to perfect the game, with a new release date for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst of June 7th (NA) and June 9th (EU). We’re confident that these extra two weeks will make sure the game is as amazing as possible for you the players.
When it is released, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst will be available for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
The Spring and Summer months are currently less dense with new releases than the first three months of the year, but that should change fairly soon, especially since publishers have staked a claim to every week from the beginning of April to the end of June with at least one big new release dropping every seven days.
Are you ready? Because here… we… go… (more…)
DICE announces a Closed Beta for Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst and reintroduces us to Faith in new trailer
EA and DICE are back with a new trailer for Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, which attempts to reintroduce the gaming public to a “Runner” named Faith and the technologically-advanced city of Glass:
Faith Connors is a self-assured thrill-seeker and one of the best Runners in the city of Glass. But Faith’s carefree days are numbered. As she crosses paths with the evil Gabriel Kruger and the city’s oppressive Conglomerate, Faith finds herself running for something far more important. Playing Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, you’ll experience a rich storyline with a heroine-to-be fighting for both the city and herself. Use the fluid movement and your combat skills to be the Catalyst of change.
The publisher and developer have also announced that Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst will receive a Closed Beta sometime in the near future on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. You can sign up for a chance to be a part of the beta at the game’s official website.
Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst will be released on May 24.