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Jade Empire Sequel Possible

Eurogamer reports from their expo on comments by BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk on the possibility of a sequel to Jade Empire, their martial arts action/RPG:

"We've been talking a lot about that actually on and off over the years," said Ray Muzyka, BioWare CEO.

"It's an IP, it's a setting that we're really passionate about, and we still are. Both Greg and I were big believers in the IP.

"We're just looking for the right way to deploy it."

"We have a lot of different projects now on a lot of different platforms, and you might see some of that [Jade Empire] in the future. You never know.

"We don't have anything to announce on it right now," Muzyka added, "but it is a franchise that's near and dear to us."

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32. Re: Jade Empire Sequel Possible Sep 26, 2011, 11:31 Creston
 
I think Bioware's been talking about a Jade Empire sequel since 2003 or so.

I liked it well enough, played through it several times. It had an AWESOME arena. Best arena ever made in any game.

I'd definitely play a sequel, but I just don't really see it happening.

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31. Re: Jade Empire Sequel Possible Sep 26, 2011, 09:55 Lobster
 
Jade Empire wasn't perfect but it deserves the praise it's received. Unfortunately it also used a system that no other game has even touched, so I'm sure if BioWare makes another they'll Dragon Age 2 it into a single-player MMO again.  
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30. Re: Jade Empire Sequel Possible Sep 26, 2011, 09:50 Ravor
 
It was a fun but not the type of game I ever went and picked back up to play through again. I'd buy a sequel I think but I'd probably wait for it to hit the bargain bin or get it used rather then paying full price.  
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29. Re: Jade Empire Sequel Possible Sep 26, 2011, 09:16 Slashman
 
Jerykk wrote on Sep 26, 2011, 05:13:
I never really understood how people could love ME1 but hate ME2. Remember, ME1 wasn't exactly a hardcore RPG to begin with. It had more stats than ME2, sure, but 99% of the gameplay consisted of shooting dudes in the face. It was always more of a shooter than an RPG. ME2 stripped away some of the stats but it was still a shooter first and foremost, just like the original.

That was my take on ME2 as well. I got the feeling that people who say they hated it were more pissed that it didn't follow right into the final battle with the Reapers, and instead, was more of a side-quest before the final showdown in ME3. I still enjoyed the ride...not sure what they are complaining about.

The game felt better as a shooter in 2. The first game had some clunkiness to it that felt awkward in places. They fixed that...but went a bit too far in removing customization options. They supposedly put weapon customization back into ME3.
 
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28. Re: Jade Empire Sequel Possible Sep 26, 2011, 06:22 Cornholio
 
ME2 just felt... blah.
For some reason I just couldn't get into ME2.

A Jade Empire sequel would most likely end up as a melee version of ME. Depending on how it was done could be badass but I have little faith.
 
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27. Re: Jade Empire Sequel Possible Sep 26, 2011, 05:13 Jerykk
 
I never really understood how people could love ME1 but hate ME2. Remember, ME1 wasn't exactly a hardcore RPG to begin with. It had more stats than ME2, sure, but 99% of the gameplay consisted of shooting dudes in the face. It was always more of a shooter than an RPG. ME2 stripped away some of the stats but it was still a shooter first and foremost, just like the original.  
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26. Re: Jade Empire Sequel Possible Sep 26, 2011, 03:09 Cornholio
 
I thought Mass Effect was bad ass. Bought the second one on sale after reading reviews... and it sucked as much as I thought it would. Still haven't finished it.
DA was their last decent game.

It's been nothing but down hill since BG.
 
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25. Re: Jade Empire Sequel Possible Sep 26, 2011, 02:45 finga
 
Fion wrote on Sep 26, 2011, 01:22:
Your probably right. I'm waiting for ME3. It will be the true test on EA's affect on Bioware. We know the debacle that was Dragon Age 2. If ME3 comes along (their second title made entirely under EA's control) and sucks as hard as DA2 did, then I will be convinced that Bioware's good days are behind them and likely never pick up another one of their games so long as they were connected at the hip with EA.
If you recall, EA bought BioWare just before Mass Effect 1 was released, so ME2 was developed entirely under the EA umbrella.
 
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24. Re: Jade Empire Sequel Possible Sep 26, 2011, 01:22 Fion
 
ldonyo wrote on Sep 26, 2011, 00:05:
I would love to see another game based on the Jade Empire IP. However, now that EA owns BioWare, I doubt that the resulting game would be worth playing, especially on the PC.

Your probably right. I'm waiting for ME3. It will be the true test on EA's affect on Bioware. We know the debacle that was Dragon Age 2. If ME3 comes along (their second title made entirely under EA's control) and sucks as hard as DA2 did, then I will be convinced that Bioware's good days are behind them and likely never pick up another one of their games so long as they were connected at the hip with EA.
 
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23. Re: Jade Empire Sequel Possible Sep 26, 2011, 00:05 ldonyo
 
I would love to see another game based on the Jade Empire IP. However, now that EA owns BioWare, I doubt that the resulting game would be worth playing, especially on the PC.  
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22. Re: Jade Empire Sequel Possible Sep 25, 2011, 22:57 Slashman
 
entr0py wrote on Sep 25, 2011, 22:34:
If they could fix the combat, I'd love to see another Jade Empire. Fortunately there have been a large number of games since then that have nailed 3rd person brawling. The sub-par gameplay was what kept the first game from becoming a classic. But it was great as far as characters, writing, artwork, player choices and setting.

Actually, 'brawling' was what killed the game for me in the first place.

This is a game about martial arts. Why am I not doing martial art moves like counters, combos, blocks etc? All the game was, was a button mash fest. That's the last thing I want from a game that reminds me of old school kung fu movies.
 
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21. Re: Jade Empire Sequel Possible Sep 25, 2011, 22:34 entr0py
 
If they could fix the combat, I'd love to see another Jade Empire. Fortunately there have been a large number of games since then that have nailed 3rd person brawling. The sub-par gameplay was what kept the first game from becoming a classic. But it was great as far as characters, writing, artwork, player choices and setting.  
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20. Re: Jade Empire Sequel Possible Sep 25, 2011, 20:35 ZeroCougar
 
I liked Jade Empire myself too. I agree it was great to get a fresh west style RPG vs the usual status-quo of Orc's and Dwarves.

In that game I realized I sucked at the martial arts of it so, I just kept putting points into making the sword last longer. Enough to where I only used that for the rest of the game.

If they end up DA2'ing its sequel I will be avoiding it completely.
 
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19. Re: Jade Empire Sequel Possible Sep 25, 2011, 20:18 Acleacius
 
wtf_man wrote on Sep 25, 2011, 16:11:
Acleacius wrote on Sep 25, 2011, 14:53:
Amazing story, setting and characters but the console designed gameplay, level design and inventory was crap. Thankfully there are some mods that help remove some of the painful console designs.

I might have to give this a shot then.
I started a Jade Empire Mod and Tweaks thread at RPGWatch back in 2007 and all the links still seem good.

http://www.rpgwatch.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2895&highlight=jade+empire
 
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18. Re: Jade Empire Sequel Possible Sep 25, 2011, 18:58 PHJF
 
Never got more than 45 minutes into it. One of those games that just couldn't hook me.  
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17. Re: Jade Empire Sequel Possible Sep 25, 2011, 18:34 panbient
 
Don't know where the hate is coming from. I thought Jade Empire was a fantastic breath of fresh air to the genre and hugely fun when it was first released. I'd love to see a sequel (that isn't a gritty FPS reboot).  
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16. Re: Jade Empire Sequel Possible Sep 25, 2011, 17:47 Slashman
 
ShakaUVM wrote on Sep 25, 2011, 16:59:
Acleacius wrote on Sep 25, 2011, 14:53:
Amazing story, setting and characters but the console designed gameplay, level design and inventory was crap. Thankfully there are some mods that help remove some of the painful console designs.
There was so much crap in Jade Empire, I couldn't finish it.

It's really not a very good game.

That was my reaction. It could have used a combat system more like Witcher 2. That button mash stuff was horrible. But probably just what the doctor ordered for a hit on consoles...

The setting I did like and the story...but after I realized that your martial arts abilities weren't even very impressive, I quit. Transforming into creatures as advanced techniques didn't make me jump for joy.
 
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15. Re: Jade Empire Sequel Possible Sep 25, 2011, 16:59 ShakaUVM
 
Acleacius wrote on Sep 25, 2011, 14:53:
Amazing story, setting and characters but the console designed gameplay, level design and inventory was crap. Thankfully there are some mods that help remove some of the painful console designs.
There was so much crap in Jade Empire, I couldn't finish it.

It's really not a very good game.
 
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14. Re: Jade Empire Sequel Possible Sep 25, 2011, 16:11 wtf_man
 
Acleacius wrote on Sep 25, 2011, 14:53:
Amazing story, setting and characters but the console designed gameplay, level design and inventory was crap. Thankfully there are some mods that help remove some of the painful console designs.

I might have to give this a shot then.
 
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13. Re: Jade Empire Sequel Possible Sep 25, 2011, 15:31 Jerykk
 
I liked Jade Empire. The RPG mechanics could have definitely been better but the setting was great and the story was interesting. I'd love to see a sequel but I doubt it's going to happen. Sad as it may be, I don't think EA would ever be willing to finance a game where 99.9% of the characters are distinctly Asian, including the player.  
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