BioWare Looking at Ways to Bring Jade Empire Back

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BioWare Looking at Ways to Bring Jade Empire Back

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Before there were Geth and Darkspawn, there were Jade Empire's Lotus Assassins, and BioWare's co-founders hope there will be again.

BioWare founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka say that the Jade Empire franchise isn't out for the count, and that while the studio isn't working on anything Jade Empire-related at the moment, they'd both like to see new games set in the world.

Released in 2005, Jade Empire was a rather large departure from BioWare's usual faire, not to mention Western RPGS in general. The game took Chinese wuxia stories and elements from Asian myths and legends, and blended them together into a then Xbox-exclusive action RPG. The game was later ported to PC in 2007 and to the Mac in 2008.

Unlike other BioWare franchises, such as Dragon Age or Mass Effect, Jade Empire has never received a sequel. However, that doesn't mean that BioWare has forgotten about it, and Muzkya and Zeschuk said that they'd been thinking about how to bring it back. "We're just looking for the right way to deploy it," Muzkya explained. "We have a lot of different projects now on a lot of different platforms, and you might see some [Jade Empire] in the future. You never know."

"It is a franchise that's near and dear to us," he added.

Even though, realistically, the next time we see Jade Empire will probably be as part of a Facebook game or something similar, I've still got my fingers crossed for a full sequel. BioWare has gained a lot more experience with action-based gameplay since 2005, and another Jade Empire game would add some spice to the RPG landscape. Who knows? If this hypothetical RPG sells well, it might even inspire other developer to branch out a little too.

Source: Eurogamer

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YES Finally I've been waiting for more Jade Empire since I first finished the original back in 05.
I'm just glad to know they haven't forgotten about it (^_^)

The Mass effect trilogy is almost over so... I really hope for a real Jade Empire sequel with a single player game unlike that other game that we'll never see...

That would be soooo awesome... Just, please, please PLEEEEEASE, BioWare... Don't bring it back as a Facebook game. =(

I looooved Jade Empire, let's hope they'll make a sequel. Or two!

I was trying not to think about it... and then you said it...

Logan Westbrook:

Facebook game

Eleima:
That would be soooo awesome... Just, please, please PLEEEEEASE, BioWare... Don't bring it back as a Facebook game. =(

Your avatar makes me yearn for a different sequel...

Jade Empire was the first real RPG I sat down and played through more than once, did all sidequests I could find, and didn't use a strategy guide at all. It pretty much made me the gamer I am today. And gave me great respect and loyal support to Bioware. I can only hope they'll treat it the way it deserves.

Jade Empire has been available cheap for a long time on Steam. Same for KotOR. With luck, if a sequel gets made for JE, they'll bring that to Steam as well.

Random Argument Man:
The Mass effect trilogy is almost over so... I really hope for a real Jade Empire sequel with a single player game unlike that other game that we'll never see...

The Mass Effect Shepard trilogy is almost over, yes, but the franchise isn't. BioWare have repeatedly stated that it will continue post-Mass Effect 3. With five or so studios (Montreal, Edmonton, Austin, Mythic and EA2D), there's a good chance it could be developed alongside the next Mass Effect and Dragon Age releases, but it depends on what EA want them to do. Jade Empire wasn't much of a commercial success (Although it certainly didn't bomb), so EA may be reluctant to finance the next game, at least until BioWare have got a few more titles done.

And to throw KotOR at them is really, really ridiculous. BioWare do not, and never have, had any control over that franchise. They were hired to develop KotOR, the sequel - at BioWare's request - was passed onto Obsidian, and TOR is being developed by a new, satellite BioWare studio called BioWare Austin, and whilst they may share a few staff and writers with the original KotOR team, they are not the studio who created KotOR.

If you want KotOR3, go and harp on at LucasArts. It is not something BioWare can control.

Zhong not mean to kill franchise.

I loved Jade Empire. I just hope they make this a sequel worth waiting for.

Excellent! Jade empire is possibly my favorite Bioware game

This would be nice. I liked the concept and the atmosphere of the original, but the gameplay and roleplaying didn't hold up (this was a few years after its original release). The prospect of a Jade Empire game with better combat and Mass Effect or better still Dragon Age style dialogue wheels and moral choice would melt my pants.

Me likey very much. Next on agenda...a KOTOR sequel that's NOT a MMORPG?

Weeeee!

It's one of Bioware's lesser known titles, but I'm very happy about the news. 'Jade Empire' also happens to be one of the very few things in media where I didn't see the twist coming.

And even though I'm not that fixed on graphics, I start drooling just thinking about how gorgeous the world would look on the PS3/Xbox.

Raiyan 1.0:

Eleima:
That would be soooo awesome... Just, please, please PLEEEEEASE, BioWare... Don't bring it back as a Facebook game. =(

Your avatar makes me yearn for a different sequel...

Agreed, but KotOR 2 was out of BioWare's hands, so I don't realistically see BioWare handling a KotOR3... One can hope... And until then, I'll be dreaming of this.

I finished Jade Empire and enjoyed it but I could never stand the weird American accents in an Asian setting, not a big a deal I know but regardless it still felt weird and a bit funny.

Making some well deserved Jade Empire sequels - HELL YES!
Making some Jade Empire sequels on Bookface - FUCK NO!

While we're on the topic of franchises that need some continuation, what ever happened to KotOR? That MMO thing likely ain't gonna cut it in terms of concluding Revan's story...

This is great news. I still believe that Jade Empire is the best game ever made by Bioware. It has the dialogue trees just like mass effect or kotor but it has far better combat which really set the game apart for me.

thethingthatlurks:
Making some well deserved Jade Empire sequels - HELL YES!
Making some Jade Empire sequels on Bookface - FUCK NO!

While we're on the topic of franchises that need some continuation, what ever happened to KotOR? That MMO thing likely ain't gonna cut it in terms of concluding Revan's story...

Look for a novel called Revan, if I remember correctly it's written by the guy who wrote the story (or at least some of it) for KotOR. I got it pre-ordered from Amazon its due out in November sometime I think. It's supposed to conclude Revan's story

Here's A link from the escapist itself:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/109506-New-Star-Wars-The-Old-Republic-Novel-Finally-Finishes-Revans-Story

Edit: Amazon says it's due on November 15th

OT: I would love to see a sequel for this game, I thought that they would've jumped on this years ago. But I can't exactly complain if they decide to make it now. I've waited this long for it, I can wait until they decide to make a sequel of some sorts.

coldalarm:

Random Argument Man:
The Mass effect trilogy is almost over so... I really hope for a real Jade Empire sequel with a single player game unlike that other game that we'll never see...

The Mass Effect Shepard trilogy is almost over, yes, but the franchise isn't. BioWare have repeatedly stated that it will continue post-Mass Effect 3. With five or so studios (Montreal, Edmonton, Austin, Mythic and EA2D), there's a good chance it could be developed alongside the next Mass Effect and Dragon Age releases, but it depends on what EA want them to do. Jade Empire wasn't much of a commercial success (Although it certainly didn't bomb), so EA may be reluctant to finance the next game, at least until BioWare have got a few more titles done.

And to throw KotOR at them is really, really ridiculous. BioWare do not, and never have, had any control over that franchise. They were hired to develop KotOR, the sequel - at BioWare's request - was passed onto Obsidian, and TOR is being developed by a new, satellite BioWare studio called BioWare Austin, and whilst they may share a few staff and writers with the original KotOR team, they are not the studio who created KotOR.

If you want KotOR3, go and harp on at LucasArts. It is not something BioWare can control.

To give my original statement a chance, I'll explain a few things. I think that, since Bioware's publisher is now EA instead of Microsoft studios, a commercial push from a video game publishing company will be more beneficial. Since the Mass Effect Shepard trilogy will be over, Bioware will probably have a little more breathing room to expand on a few things.

As for KOTOR, I didn't stated "It's Bioware's fault". Like most fans of the KOTOR games, we wanted a sense of closure on Revan's story in a video game format. For me at least, having a book tell me Revan's story is not true to the experience. I wanted to be able to control the story of Revan to make it an experience that I could call my own. However, this will never happen because LucasArts decided that they're not doing it.

If I had to point out something about Old Republic, it's the fact that Bioware wanted to make a MMMORPG and wanted the right IP with the right partners. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Old_Republic#Development

They had a chance and they took it. However, if I could do one "finger-pointing argument" about Bioware and Old Republic, it's the fact that they told us last year "that SWTOR will be KOTOR 3,4,5, etc." Thus, it confirms zero chances of having a KOTOR 3.

Note* Although, finding the video that said this statement will be a pain in the ass to look for. You can take my last statement with a pinch of salt.

2nd note* I do, however, will say that my original statement was a bit harsh.

Issurru:

thethingthatlurks:
Making some well deserved Jade Empire sequels - HELL YES!
Making some Jade Empire sequels on Bookface - FUCK NO!

While we're on the topic of franchises that need some continuation, what ever happened to KotOR? That MMO thing likely ain't gonna cut it in terms of concluding Revan's story...

Look for a novel called Revan, if I remember correctly it's written by the guy who wrote the story (or at least some of it) for KotOR. I got it pre-ordered from Amazon its due out in November sometime I think. It's supposed to conclude Revan's story

Here's A link from the escapist itself:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/109506-New-Star-Wars-The-Old-Republic-Novel-Finally-Finishes-Revans-Story

Edit: Amazon says it's due on November 15th

While a great idea, it's sadly not the same. It was *my* Revan, and consequently *my* choices. No book could allow the conclusion of the story of *my* Revan, as it would leave far too many loose ends. This is why games with branching paths are superior to books; customization makes the story inherently more personal.

I think there should be some preemptive bitching on our part as to prevent the dreaded Facebook game scenario.

I'd rather Bioware created a new IP rather than make anything Jade Empire related. Of all the bioware games I've played it felt Jade Empire fell kinda flat compared to the others. Not saying it was bad, but I'd rather Bioware put their efforts into something else.

After the last few bioware outings i fully expect any Sequel to Jade Empire to be a Action Brawler with 'RPG Elements'

I've pretty much lost faith in Bioware since EA bought them out. Look at ME2, DA2 and the upcoming ME3, if you loved Jade Empire prepare to be shafted...

The Jade Empire strikes back? Can't wait to see what shit goes down :O

I loved that game I really hope that's the case because I really loved Jade Empire's story and the game was a lot of fun.

Actually, I don't want another Jade Empire if it gets the same treatment as their other franchises got in their last installments

Random Argument Man:

To give my original statement a chance, I'll explain a few things. I think that, since Bioware's publisher is now EA instead of Microsoft studios, a commercial push from a video game publishing company will be more beneficial. Since the Mass Effect Shepard trilogy will be over, Bioware will probably have a little more breathing room to expand on a few things.

Microsoft have nothing to do with this. They published Jade Empire on XBox, they published Mass Effect on 360. The PC versions were published by 2K and EA respectively. EA could certainly advertise the game better, but it's not like Microsoft are an unknown publisher. Halo, Gears of War... Those franchises alone outsell anything BioWare has done, perhaps even collectively. BioWare have all the breathing room they need with the franchise, and a lot of the expansion of the series has happened in things like Mass Effect: Galaxy, the comics and the novels.

Random Argument Man:
As for KOTOR, I didn't stated "It's Bioware's fault". Like most fans of the KOTOR games, we wanted a sense of closure on Revan's story in a video game format. For me at least, having a book tell me Revan's story is not true to the experience. I wanted to be able to control the story of Revan to make it an experience that I could call my own. However, this will never happen because LucasArts decided that they're not doing it.

If I had to point out something about Old Republic, it's the fact that Bioware wanted to make a MMMORPG and wanted the right IP with the right partners. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Old_Republic#Development

They had a chance and they took it. However, if I could do one "finger-pointing argument" about Bioware and Old Republic, it's the fact that they told us last year "that SWTOR will be KOTOR 3,4,5, etc." Thus, it confirms zero chances of having a KOTOR 3.

But also because Revan is canonically male. LucasArts needed a canon Revan, and they chose the male version (I believe KotOR2's character is canonically female). MMOs are where the big bucks are now, and with Galaxy running out of steam (And now time), they wanted something to replace it. If what you said is correct, then BioWare and LucasArts once again joined forces to create the eventual replacement for Galaxy, and they came to TOR at some point. The right company with the right IP can make a lot of money from an MMO, and BioWare - with experienced Star Wars people on staff - are a good choice for that. Galaxy must have done well to still be running after all those years, so just think how much money a bigger budget, updated, new MMO could bring in.

As for it being a no to KotOR3, I think that's complete rubbish (I'm not accusing you of that, by the way). Simply put, TOR takes place before KotOR could ever have happened. They might be talking about the amount of content available in game, but it clearly cannot be KotOR3 onwards as it does not continue the story.

KotOR3 may still happen one day, but let's put it like this. LucasArts are there to make money. They are going to go where the money is, not where their fans want them to go.

I nearly just jumped out of my chair!! I love this idea I loved the first game and I'll be all over this game if it's released!

:O! Thank God Bioware actually remembers that that epic ass game actually existed!

I loved stomping around as a Jade Golem smashing that ass of an Emperor and lawling because I was immune to his protections.

Course, the fact that you could kick small puppies for Health Orbs was a big plus too. That and summoning a giant fire breathing snake as the Closed Fist.

Wonder how many people sacrificed Deaths' Hand. I kept him with me.

I bet the Mass Effect team wouldn't mind something new to work on after 3 games - plus whether or not they're going to keep the ME universe going after ME3 - I think they need to give the franchise a little break.

I want to see what else they're going to with ME, but I don't want them to go all Assassin's Creed on it.

I'd love another JE game, i played the first one to death.

Maybe they could make a sequel?

I would so so sooo love to see a sequel to this game! It was the first Bioware game I ever played, and the only one I've actually liked. And I really loved it! So much that I bought the LCE... twice!

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