EA has delayed the release of the Pure Time Trial Map Pack for Mirror's Edge until next month, but the standalone PS3-exclusive download map "Synethesia" will be released as part of the PlayStation Network update later today.
Writing on the PlayStation Blog, producer Tom Farrer said the map was "inspired by balloons of all things", and its overriding theme was, "If Faith was having a dream, what would she be dreaming about?" Not falling off buildings because of the controls, probably.
We jest! We love Mirror's Edge, which is why it's disappointing that the multiformat Pure Time Trial Map Pack has been delayed, as its abstract environments, designed to highlight the game's best bits, are looking rather sharp.
"We have been making a variety of maps for the upcoming release of the Pure Time Trial Map Pack," Farrer wrote on the blog. "We didn't want to be limited by an urban setting; we wanted to leave the city behind and focus completely on the nature of movement itself. The maps are all about exploring the purity of the core gameplay with nothing getting in the way."
The Pure Time Trial Map Pack is due out for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC at some point next month for USD 10, or 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live (GBP 6.80 / EUR 9.60). Speaking to IGN, DICE said the delay was in order "to offer a completely smooth experience for players".
Meanwhile, those of you playing the PC version of Mirror's Edge might be interested in a little hack dug up on YouTube, which allows you to reinstate a mostly playable third-person camera perspective, rather than using the first-person default. There's more detail on how to do so over on Kotaku.