Before there was Mass Effect and Dragon Age, BioWare put out Jade Empire. The martial arts action-RPG still has a following, even to this day, and they’ve been hoping for a sequel for the last 11 years. While the studio has clearly been hard at work, they still think that continuing that series is something they’d like to do.
While speaking with Game Informer, creative director Mike Laidlaw (who was a lead writer for the original game) said that “Jade as a sequel is never dead.” General manager Aaron Flynn echoed that sentiment, saying that a lot of people at the studio want to get back to it. (It’s something BioWare tried to do in the past, but the prototypes were shut down to focus on what would eventually become Dragon Age and Mass Effect.) Flynn thinks that there’s some advantages to going back to it after such a long wait time. “Not only nostalgia is a very powerful feeling in people, but skipping a generation of hardware is actually really exciting because it feels like it’s not an evolution…I think that’s the kind of thing that brings people. What if we were to revolutionize Jade Empire and brought it back in that regard? That’s the kind of talk that still happens around the studio.”
A sequel to Jade Empire is something that BioWare fans have been asking for for a long time now. If they decided to work on that after Mass Effect Andromeda, that’d be pretty sweet.