"The City" is the future of Tokyo-To from Jet Set Radio FutureThe Rudies just became Runners that we never see, or they just went off doing something else. The Rokkaku Police just disbanded after Gouji's death and were replaced by the CPF.
Mirror's Edge takes place after the Dark Days but before the second Quarter QuellFaith and Kate are Capitol children - or District 2 possibly, whose parents are part of the revolution. They'll never be entered into the games but Faith, at least, sees injustice.
Both Faith's ability to shake off damage and her brief Bullet Time-level reactions are the result of futuristic, experimental drugs/medicinesThe healing drug promotes super-rapid cell division in damaged tissues, allowing for amazingly quick recovery from punches, bullets, etc. It can't, however, cope with broken bones or other extreme damage. The reaction drug briefly allows the user to experience Bullet Time, the better for superb reflexes. However, the doses have to be administered some time apart in order to avoid a (potentially lethal) overdose. The users of the reaction drug probably make use of some sort of small mechanism that releases the doses directly into their bloodstream when required. Both drugs, naturally, are highly controlled substances, restricted to government usage.
Mirror's Edge is a ninja game in disguise.Think about it. You're playing as a lithe, athletic asian girl. Your job is to run rooftop to rooftop using gravity-defying acrobatics that would astound most people. You do this in order to courier top secret information, destabilizing the current government. You are also an elite martial artist capable of beating the crap out of the city guards- I mean, police and SWAT, but you favor speed, evasion and hit-and-run over direct confrontation. The only real thing that's a danger to you are the Pursuit Cops who have been trained in ninju- I mean "Running", or other ninj- I mean Runners. And to top it all off? You wear tabi boots.
Merc ain't dead yetHe's Just Hiding after faking his death. If this troper recalls correctly, Faith never saw his wounds, only blood, so it might have all been just a ruse.
Kate will be the lead in the sequelFaith will train Kate as a runner, since it's probably In the Blood. And Miller is gonna be Kate's operator — they foreshadowed it rather obviously in the last mission.
The runners really are terroristsBen Croshaw (Yahtzee of Zero Punctuation ) was right. Think about it. You don't send armed attack helicopters and specially trained taser-equipped anti-parkour ninjas after someone if all they're doing is keeping perfectly harmless documents from passing through government hands. Faith blindly follows Merc's orders, always assuming that all government is automatically evil, because her parents died in a protest. Who's to say what those yellow bags contain? High explosives? Viral agents? What if the runners actually provide such a credible threat that the government is actually justified in using such ridiculously extreme measures to take down unarmed civilians?
"The City" is DubaiI know that there is Asian calligraphy all over the place, but the fact that everything in the City was built after the turn of the century and the fact that all of the adds avoid more than just the most basic representations of humans, since iconography is forbidden by the Q'uran, suggest that it is a city not found in the West, or part of any of the Asian super cities. However there is a way to discover the exact location, using the time challenge mode we can measure speed, and from that, distance. With that figured out, we can use the time given in story mode and the position of the sun to figure out the exact location. Most likely won't give any realistic results, but worth a shot.
Mirror's Edge takes place in the lead-up to The Oil WarsIn Frontlines, it's explicitly stated that all major countries basically turned into police states before the war. This is just what's seen on the homefront in one city. Without information, the people get restless, reckless and uncontrolled, forcing the government to step in. With the aid of the runners, people have knowledge the government doesn't want them to have, including, but not restricted to:
The Mirror's Edge universe is set in an alternate near-future USA which lost to Japan in World War IIThe setting seems to be primarily American, but there's the obvious Japanese influence in writing on everything, which could simply be the usual 80s trope of Japanese corporate dominance - but more importantly, the apparent disrespect for the Constitution and similar violations of civil rights could be indications of an America forced to accept unfavourable surrender conditions. The newness and lack of old buildings in the city could also point to something similar: say, for example, that Japan developed the A-bomb first and used it on Los Angeles, necessitating the construction of a major new city in California which Japanese corporate interests have major stakes in. Of course, this raises certain Fridge Horror questions of what's going on in Europe. Soviet hegemony? Nazi dominion? Either way, it might indicate why democracy is on the wane.
"November" is a person, who is now missing/in hidingThe graffiti asking "Where is November?" is not making a poetic reference to the riots that happened in November. It is making a literal reference to the whereabouts of a specific person, who was "disappeared" by the current administration.
Faith is an Assassin. And the government is made up of TemplarsMad crazy parkour skills? Check. Inherent ability/sixth sense to realize when shit's about the hit the fan? Check. Eagle Vision that allows her to mentally color-code which path is the fastest from Point A to Point B? Check. Doesn't do well with guns and prefers hand-to-hand combat? Check. The game simply takes place after 2012 and Desmond Miles' success in saving the world from the solar flare. Except, ironically, the Templars are still powerful and the Assassins are still forced to hide in the shadows. Hence the courier system.
Alternatively, Faith is a Templar, and the City is run by AssassinsThere's not as much evidence for this, but it is WMG, so what the hey? Anyway, Mirror's Edge takes place after Assassin's Creed III, with the Templars completely on the ropes against the more powerful Assassins. For a start, you may have noticed the Shard uses plenty of white and "/\" shapes in it's architecture. It's also possible Faith's mother was a high ranking Templar discretely offed during the November riots (A Piece of Eden fueled ploy to retake power). Faith's free-running and combat skills might come from a version of Abstergo's Animus program, whether she knows it or not.
Less-lethal ammo abounds in the CityWhat? It explains so much! Like, for instance, why everyone is so willing to fire on you - it's not (likely) going to kill you, so it's not lethal force, so the rules are much more relaxed. Plus, it also explains Faith's Made of Iron resistance to light machine guns and her impressive ability to Walk It Off. The upshot of this WMG is that it transforms the CPF - and PK to a lesser extent - from dangerously trigger-happy to merely unnecessarily violent. Consider mixing this with the Runners-might-be-terrorists theorem proposed by Yahtzee and the entire thing becomes considerably more coherent.
You're not killing the Blues.Assuming the non-lethal ammo thing is true, you shouldn' be able to kill anyone with bullets, much less armoured targets with rubber handgun rounds. "Dead" enemies are either knocked out or seriously injured.
Jacknife and Faith used to be in a relationshipOr, at least, they had some kind of friendship. They obviously know each other in the game, and Jacknife tends to call her by a pet name. In one of the cutscenes, this exchange happens:
Should it ever be released, Mirror's Edge 2 will end with a song called "Want You Gone"It could be a protest song, being sung by a crowd of angry people who have been formed into a resistance movement by Faith over the course of the game.
The City isn't really white.The way it appears is just an extension of Faith's "Runner vision" — she's trained herself to notice only potential pathways, to the point where she blanks out the rest.
Mayor Callaghan really is TransgenderShe doesn't want to appear in public because she's not done transitioning yet..
Faith's tattoo on her arm is actually a complicated map of the CityJeff Gerstmann the game will be a highly acrobatic female jedi to justify the lack of gun usage, mad jumps, and a bit of force powers for fun.
Faith is a Dominatrix.One of the achievements is "Scream For Me." Rather...suggestive.
New voice actor for Faith in the prequel!As is the fashion now they're going to want a VA who can do full motion mo-cap for the cutscenes. Now who in the VA business is also an expert traceuse?