Jade Empire Trademark Filed By Electronic Arts (VIDEO)
BioWare may be well-known for their two flagship series’ Dragon Age and Mass Effect, but before those two IPs rose to prominence, the famed studio had only one original project under their belt: the martial arts RPG known as Jade Empire. The 2005 game’s ancient-Chinese influences and innovative morality system paved the way for BioWare’s future and has since gained a following as one of the developer’s most underrated titles.
It now appears the nearly 14-year-old game could be making a comeback by the looks of a recent trademark filing. Going up on January 22nd (via Justia Trademarks), Electronic Arts’ application looks to be renewing their right to publish BioWare’s Jade Empire, specifically for “entertainment services, namely, providing an on-line computer game.” This suggests EA has a renewed interest in Jade Empire, whether it be for ownership purposes or for a project down the line.
Jade Empire released for the original Xbox back in 2005 and has since gone on to enjoy an extended life on PC in a 2007 “Special Edition.” While the more recent release provided a vastly upgraded experience, the 12-year-old port might be considered slightly outdated by today’s standards. Perhaps a remastered version of the classic game could be in order by EA, or (if fans are feeling super-hopeful) a full sequel, but it’d be difficult to surmise these kind of specifics based on a trademark filing alone.
Jade Empire is out Now for iOS, PC, Xbox, and Xbox One through backward compatibility.
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