In a press release today, Microsoft confirmed the title of a joint project
between Microsoft Game Studios and Bioware called Jade Empire. An exclusive
title for the Xbox, Jade Empire will be an action-RPG based in martial arts
Jade Empire will start the player off as a martial arts student in a land
hinting at both Chinese and South American roots. Fresh out of school, the game
will be akin to a spiritual journey, with players venturing across
the land in search of honor, riches, and skill. In addition, like many of
Bioware's other titles, personal choice will play a vast role in determining how
the rest of the world reacts to the character. If someone plays the vicious
thug --- accosting travelers, picking fights, and breaking the law --- then they will
develop a bandit-like reputation to match, which will follow them throughout the
world and precede them to some locations. However, if they turn the opposite face,
and conduct themselves as a noble fighter, then they will bring riches, fame, and
prestige to their home and themselves.
To top off the cake, it has also been revealed that players will have the
freedom to develop their very own school of fighting as they travel the land.
During their ventures abroad, they will accumulate skill, which can
then be used to learn a variety of combat moves from numerous styles.
There is currently no set release date for Jade Empire. However, Bioware
is attending the Tokyo Game Show and has announced that it will reveal more
details there on September 26th.