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Bioware would love to announce a new Jade Empire

Jade Empire is an exception on Bioware's resume. The Action RPG, based on mythologized ancient China and first published on the original Xbox by Microsoft, is one of the only titles never to see expansion into a franchise. However, the company's co-founders, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, have confirmed that a return to the game's setting is something the company has considered often, and is “just looking for the right way to deploy” another installment.

Speaking at the Eurogamer Expo 2011 in London, Muzyka told audiences Jade Empire represented “a setting that we were really passionate about, and we still are. Both Greg and I were big believers in the IP... We don't have anything to announce on it right now, but it is a franchise that's near and dear to us." The title  – which we gave 9/10 – showed the vaguest signs of life when Jade-themed armor showed up in the free-play iteration of Bioware's currently better-known Dragon Age series. But as for a real, actual sequel, Muzyka won't go any further than telling fellow Jade Empire admirers, “You never know.” Meanwhile the company's DS RPG, Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, goes without the promised sequel and nobody says a damn thing – what on earth's the point of a good thing if you only get one of it?

Sep 26, 2011

Source: Eurogamer

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13 comments

  • reveffect - September 26, 2011 10:05 p.m.

    I really want a sequel or at least an updated version for the pc and 360 but at the same time I kind of don't want it because seeing the effect EA has had on Bioware recently has me worried they will screw it up somehow.
  • TheRandomFool - September 26, 2011 2:25 p.m.

    WOOOOOOO! Jade Empire is so badass, it still retains it's rating even matched against modern RPGs. If they made another, or even just enhanced and added to the original, they would easily make up for the mediocrity of DA2.
  • Spacegrass - September 26, 2011 11:42 a.m.

    They should do this instead of making another Dragon Age. The world doesn't really need any more Standard Medieval Fantasy RPGs, and Dragon Age II irrevocably tarnished that series' reputation.
  • Errrrbo - September 26, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    I would love another Jade Empire. I think there's a lot that could be done with that setting.
  • Ariaka - September 26, 2011 11:33 a.m.

    This would kick a lot of ass. I loved the original Jade Empire, please oh please Bioware? =) Sequel is very yes?
  • McSpermie - September 26, 2011 11:21 a.m.

    I don't know if I want Bioware to ruin another IP, should just let it be.
  • babyhenchy1 - September 26, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    So one disappointing sequel is enough to damn the company. What logic. I'll be psyched if they do. Jade Empire was flawed but had so much potential.
  • McSpermie - September 26, 2011 2:53 p.m.

    Disappointing? It was a joke. I should have seen it coming since Mass Effect 2, but Bioware let EA destroy what was great about Bioware. If you can't see the path that lies ahead for Bioware you obviously haven't been playing games for that long. Mass Effect 3 is their last hope.
  • babyhenchy1 - September 26, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    I thought DA2 was alright but definitely a disappointment due to how rushed it was and it was not a worthy successor to DAO. On the other hand I loved Mass Effect 2 and can't wait for Mass Effect 3. BTW I've been playing games for over 15 years.
  • Errrrbo - September 26, 2011 11:52 p.m.

    Completely agree, McSpermie.
  • ChiChiRocket - September 26, 2011 11:19 a.m.

    And I would love to play a new Jade Empire.
  • Cenobite85 - September 26, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    I'm not entirely on board with the idea of a sequel if only because I liked it as a unique title in their catalog. It's one of my favorites though.
  • Peguin - September 26, 2011 10:41 a.m.

    Was thinking about this game today and was just imagining what they could do with it on todays technology. Do it bioware!

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