Tucked in between Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect, BioWare found middling success with its martial arts epic Jade Empire. The game isn’t as well remembered as the studio’s other classics, but it still has a big enough fanbase to inspire frequent requests to make a sequel.
In a Q&A on Kotaku, Studio Manager Aaryn Flynn claims that discussions for a sequel “comes up pretty regularly.”
“Both Mark [Darrah] and [creative director] Mike [Laidlaw] worked on Jade Empire, so they’re advocates for it in the studio and [art director] Matt Goldman. I worked on it too.
Our plate is awfully full right now, but the idea to go back to the universe does come up pretty regularly. Mark and I spent a solid two hours in my office talking about it not long ago.”
Too much Dragon Age, Star Wars, and Mass Effect for BioWare to go kung-fu fighting in the mountains. I doubt the series was successful enough to score a green light from EA, either. Remember, Jade Empire was made back when the studio was still independent.
I was a big fan of Jade Empire when I played it, and I always felt more involved in the story than I did when I was playing Dragon Age: Inquisition. If BioWare ever returns to its abandoned franchise, I’d be happy to bounce back in.