Mirror's Edge 2 is still a long way off, but the sequel will likely feature better combat than Mirror's Edge. This is what DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson implied, when asked about Mirror's Edge 2 being more of an action-adventure game than the first one. To this, Troedsson mentions the studio's focus, noting there being more attention to combat design this time around.
For the first Mirror's Edge, DICE concentrated on really capturing first-person movement, and they certainly succeeded. However, the clunky combat mechanics made direct confrontrations incredibly difficult and just overall unpleasant. This didn't exactly diminish the impact Mirror's Edge made on the industry, but DICE devs have taken some notes from that, so combat will be better the second time around.
Beyond that, Troedsson won't comment much further on the matter, given that Mirror's Edge 2 is still so early in development. He makes a point of saying so:
What I can say is that if the last game focussed on first-person movement, it was definitely shown in the movie here that the DICE team will be focussing on first-person combat as well, to really nail and refine that. But I don't want to go into more detail on what the actual game is.
We did something different at the show this year and showed a lot of work in progress. If you actually go frame-by-frame through the movie you'll see there are missing floors and textures etc. We just decided to show something in progress, because it's not the environment that's most important, it's the movement or the message of what we're doing.
Fans of the game will just have to wait and see until we talk more about the actual game is and the vital mechanics of it. We've shown the combat and movement now, but there's so much more to talk about. What I can say is, this is not just going to be the same game as the last one. We're building Faith for a new generation.
DICE is the same company previously in charge of the Battlefield franchise, before Battlefield Hardline was given to EA's Visceral Games. Currently, the DICE team are hard at work on the new Star Wars Battlefront game, in addition to Mirror's Edge 2.