Jade Empire Summary
EA's "On The House" program for Origin has been a way for the publisher to offer popular and/or well-praised games to players free for a limited time. Now on the menu as of today is the often praised, but highly underrated Jade Empire: Special Edition.
Jade Empire is one of BioWare's seemingl forgotten franchises, a martial arts roleplaying game that appeared on the original Xbox and PC, and whose sequel as maddeningly beenand over and over..
Over the weekend, though, Electronic Arts teased Jade Empire in a different way, listing the game as one of its free promotions. Gamers who tried to add it to their library weren't able to, though.
Dragon Age: Inquisition lead writer David Gaider has discussed the topic of romance in BioWare's RPGs, and how some would be happy if they "just abandoned the effort altogether," but it's tricky.
There are those who enjoy BioWare's tales as much as they do because of romance options, but the team often feels the pressure and always ask 'should we bother?'
Dr. Greg Zeschuk muses that if their original Xbox RPG Jade Empire had of been held back as a launch title for the Xbox 360, its impact would have been vastly greater. Instead it released when the cycle was winding down.
The BioWare co-founder says it "would've been great to put off a bit" and polish it some more. The studio also missed a trick when Mass Effect missed its launch title window.
BioWare co-founder Dr. Greg Zeschuk doesn't hold much hope in the next generation of platforms as catalysts for revival. Unlike Microsoft and Sony "pull something magically out of a hat," it's the same old tricks.
The trouble is that the new market emerging is "not really that great" - only some are making a ton of money, but most don't see revenues like from the console business. Need something innovative.