EA’s vision for Mirror’s Edge 2 is only possible on next-gen consoles, the company says.

Speaking with CVG, EA’s Patrick Soderlund said that several prototypes had been built before a particular pitch requiring next-gen hardware grabbed EA’s attention.

“I’ll be honest with you: we’ve been looking at Mirror’s Edge for many years and had small prototype teams and incubations around what it could be,” said Soderlund.

“But it wasn’t until Sara Jansson, who is now the producer on it, came to me and called Karl-Magnus Troedsson and said, ‘listen, I have an idea for what this could be’.

“She presented a vision so inspiring that we were like, ‘we have to build this now’.

“The interesting part is that it was a game that could only be built in gen 4 and that was cool. I liked that because what they’re doing, it’s not possible on the current generation.”

Soderlund also claimed that EA was always going to make a sequel.

“We sold about 2.5 million units with Mirror’s Edge and people haven’t even blinked at it – like, ‘of course we’re going to make a new Mirror’s Edge’,” he said.

“The whole company has been behind it.”

Mirror’s Edge 2 – a “prequel/reboot” – is in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.