BioWare’s Cancelled Jade Empire Successor Concept Art Revealed

Jade Empire

BioWare has seen quite a lot of success with its sci-fi shooter Mass Effect and the party based-fantasy adventure Dragon Age franchises. Still, before those were a handful of other amazing titles such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the action-adventure based around Chinese mythology, Jade Empire. While BioWare has continued building upon the majority of its franchises, including reports of a new KOTOR game in the works, Jade Empire has yet to see a sequel, despite the demand for one by fans.

The legacy of Jade Empire didn’t entirely disappear, as it appears the studio had plans to continue the game, gradually taking the form of a project called “Revolver.” The game was never completed, but over the course of development, it became more of a spiritual successor rather than a true sequel to the action role-playing game. A book called “Stories and Secrets From 25 Years of Game Development” released last year, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at BioWare’s history, including the mysteriously canceled Jade Empire follow-up. Now, some of this new concept art has emerged, showing off even more of what could have been.

 

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BioWare art director Matt Rhodes recently posted to social media, sharing some interesting new concept art images and giving a quick look into the title as it was before the project was ended. By the looks of things, Revolver was set in a futuristic setting with a bit of film noir flair, featuring a gritty city with dingy landscapes with a sort-of Shadowrun vibe to it.

 

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The characters appear to use a combination of tools at their disposal such as guns, blades, and vehicles like helicopters and more modern technology while wearing clothes reminiscent of 1940s fashion. Still, there are some images that show off some more outlandish articles of clothing or even what looks like modern or even futuristic armors and style choices.

 

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One of the posts describes various creatures that were played around with such as “Mimics,” described as creatures that exist across a variety of different dimensions, and even fairytale creatures were also fair game. Lastly, it appears as though there could have been some sort of magic system involved, with one particular image showing off some sort of power emerging from a man’s fist.

 

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BioWare has said in the past that a sequel to Jade Empire will never truly be dead, but at this point, it seems a bit hard to say whether this will be the case in the future. A trademark was filed by Electronic Arts back in 2019 so perhaps the developers might have some plans for a release in the future. Let us know your thoughts on the canceled Jade Empire spiritual successor and more in the comments section below. As always don’t forget to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter for 24/7 coverage of all things gaming and entertainment. As always, don’t forget to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter for 24/7 coverage of all things gaming and entertainment.

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