Mirror's Edge 2 didn't make an appearance at this year's EA E3 press conference. Instead, EA DICE's conceptual art and technology exploration into a game that could become Mirror's Edge 2 was shown. Rather than a full game trailer, cinematic or otherwise, EA showed off several developers talking about what their goals will be with the franchise, as well as some cinematic sequences showing off what the game could look like in motion.
Not coincidentally, it looks a lot like the original Mirror's Edge only on a better engine. Faith, her soldier enemies, and the minimalist world she conquers with every step looks unbelievably sharp. Still, it's unlikely that what was shown was actual gameplay versus a concept cinematic of what gameplay could look like. The animations are too smooth and lined up perfectly, the controlled directions aren't anything a human could do intentionally. That said, it's beautiful.
Beyond the words, there are things worth being worried about for Mirror's Edge 2. The developers mention that they're planning on adding a diverse range of gameplay for wider audiences, that they plan to make easy paths for players who aren't as "good" at the game as Mirror's Edge faithful, and they've said they plan on exploring Faith's background to discover who Faith really is. Each of these ideas sound alright from a general gameplay perspective, but for fans of the franchise the words sound threatening to the core experience that the first game embraced.
Again, this trailer is what could grow into Mirror's Edge 2. It's not yet Mirror's Edge 2. And so, because it's not truly its own game yet, there is no release window and no announced plans for additional reveals or details. Expect to hear more... eventually. Probably at next year's E3, or at least after DICE is done with Battlefront.