Mirror’s Edge Catalyst gets a Closed Beta and a new story trailer

BY AMIT BARAN ROY   |   With the May 24th release date of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst coming close, EA has already started shifting gears with a gorgeous reveal of the story trailer titled ‘I Am Faith’ followed by the announcement of the Closed Beta access for the game. We have previously seen Faith in action with her elegant evading and parkour techniques in the Gamescom 2015 trailer. But in today’s trailer, we get to see a stronger and courageous Faith Connors who sets to prove the world that she is ‘Not Broken’. This story trailer provides a glimpse of the futuristic city of Glass which we will soon get to experience. This time it will be open world and Faith will be running for something that may just turn out to be the most important thing of her life.

EA has also announced the Closed Beta for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and you can get to sign up here right now. While no release date for the Beta is mentioned, it is told that the Beta will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and on Origin for Windows PC. Now, players can get an early access to the exclusive content and in-game rewards as well as stay updated with important news and stuffs by simply subscribing to the newsletters and becoming the ‘Frontrunner’. There is also a slight advantage for all EA Access and Origin Access members who will be eligible for a headstart to the May 24 release of the game. They will be the first ones to be able to play the game for a limited time on Xbox One and PC respectively.

Mirror's Edge Catalyst

The game is being designed and developed by EA Dice on the Frostite 3 engine and allows players to seamlessly explore Faith’s combination of techniques- wall run, zip line, wall climb, vaulting and sliding. The game focusses on Faith’s melee-style fighting mechanics that help her to evade and take down enemies. While the game is essentially first person, it can switch to a third person view when Faith is performing a finishing move somewhat like a Deus Ex combat sequence. The game also features a unique multiplayer concept which will allow a synchronous multiplayer flow in which a players' actions in the game could affect the world for other players' games. Leaderboard for races will also be featured. In an interview at E3 2015, DICE’s Patrick Bach explained:

We have asynchronous play in the multiplayer component...an asynchronous connection where your actions will affect my world.
Players do not always have time to play together at the same time, especially if they're not in the same room, but when I play my game, your game should affect mine.

Here’s 5 minutes of gameplay trailer from Gamescom ’15 showcasing fluid first-person movements and seamless evade-parkour-and-hit techniques of Faith:

Heads Up: Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is scheduled for a launch on May 24th for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Players can sign up for the Closed Beta access right now. Also check out the latest story trailer and stay tuned for further updates.

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