BioWare Bosses Say They've Not Forgotten Jade Empire

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Jade Empire, the Xbox-exclusive RPG BioWare released in 2005, is "a franchise that's near and dear to us," BioWare's founders said at Eurogamer Expo today. " It's a setting that we're really passionate about, and we still are."

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But Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk don't have immediate plans to bring back the series. "We're just looking for the right way to deploy it," Muzyka said.

A Jade Empire sequel was rumored when it showed up in a developer's resume online earlier this year.

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Eurogamer notes that Muzyka's status as lord high overseer of role-playing games for Electronic Arts means he's administering a back catalog with Jade Empire and other intellectual properties, complicating decisions on what to resurrect and when.

Jade Empire reviewed very well, with negative marks for features that you'd be unlikely to see in a current-generation role-playing game. It's available as an Xbox Live Original, playable on the Xbox 360.

BioWare Drs on Jade Empire Comeback [Eurogamer]


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QualityJeverage
QualityJeverage

I love Mass Effect, everything about it, but there's no denying that BioWare is not the same as they used to be.

Maybe they should just change their name, get away from the legacy attached to the brand, and just go whole-hog making the sorts of games they want to make now.

Mass Effect 2 was a solid shooter with some very, very light RPG elements. I'm cool with that. Why can't BioWare be? No, they have to swear up and down that they're still making serious RPGs, when it's clear they either don't want to or aren't capable.

They're trying to please everybody, and instead they're just making more people angry. I'd consider myself a pretty big fan of their games, but even I'd have to struggle to find anything nice to say about Dragon Age II.

They are not a traditional RPG developer anymore. I can admit that. Why can't they?