A new trademark filing from gaming company Electronic Arts has revealed that the company has renewed the rights to the Bioware RPG Jade Empire.
Jade Empire is an action role-playing game developed by BioWare, originally published by Microsoft Game Studios in 2005 as an Xbox exclusive. It was later ported to Microsoft Windows personal computers and published by 2K Games in 2007. In that time, the game has developed a bit of a cult following due to its focus on narrative impact and fast-paced combat.
The crux of Jade Empire was a mystical re-imagining of ancient Chinese folklore, featuring a morality system and deep narrative that played out according to the players choices. Players learned martial arts and took increasingly difficult enemies as they raced to take down the ultimate evil of the setting. And being that it was a Bioware game, you could of course usurp power for yourself, or destroy evil, the choice was yours.
Other than the date on which it was filed–that is, January 22, 2019–not much can be gleaned from the trademark acquisition aside from the fact that EA wishes to retain the rights. And while it’s hard to guess what this means for the fan-favorite franchise, there’s plenty of speculation running rampant across the internet. Gamers are losing their minds, as is usual with these kinds of mysterious revelations.
There’s some suspicion that this will lead to a full remaster on the Xbox One, although that seems like a bit of reach due to the original Jade Empire currently being playable with backwards compatibility. But who knows, maybe bolstered by the popularity of other remasters at the moment, Like RE2, maybe Microsoft and EA want to get a jump working on a stable of new versions for classic games.
So it’s hard to know that the plan is with EA and Jade Empire, so we’ll just have to wait until we get an official confirmation.