People love Bioware, and for good reason. They’re the studio behind Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Baldur’s Gate. All great games, that have one thing in common: None of them happen to be Jade Empire. Yessir, easily the greatest game that Bioware ever made has to be Jade Empire. Never played it? Well good news!
You can grab it for free right now!
Jade Empire is up for gratis on EA’s Origin client service. It’s one of my all-time favourites, a video game that combined Bioware’s penchant for storytelling with the furious fists of Chinese martial arts and myths. It sounds ridiculous, but it really, really isn’t.
It’s been ten years since Jade Empire was released, and it’s been ten years of me waiting and yearning for a sequel. And Bioware could one day make a sequel. Just not right now it seems. They’re rather busy, as BioWare Edmonton and Montreal general manager Aaryn Flynn explained a while back:
Both [Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah] and [Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw] worked on Jade Empire, so they’re advocates for it in the studio (so is Matt Goldman, DAI‘s Art Director). I worked on it too!
Our plate is awfully full right now, but the idea to go back to the universe does come up pretty regularly. Mark and I spent a solid two hours in my office talking about it not long ago…
One day dammit, one day. Like I said, do yourself a favour and try Jade Empire out. It’s only going to hog up 8 gigglebytes of space on your hard drive, so it’s a quick overnight download at least. KUNG-FU!
Last Updated: December 2, 2015
Alien Emperor Trevor
December 2, 2015 at 08:06
So sad this game never got a sequel, it’s awesome.
December 2, 2015 at 08:08
“You can grab Bioware’s greatest game for free right now”
YES YES YES YES YES. THANK YOU. Game deserves such praise.
December 2, 2015 at 08:28
Thought it was Mass Effect. Mebbe I’ll give this a spin. One day. Someday. Out of the blue. No Jack though. So maybe not.
Viking Of Science
December 2, 2015 at 08:30
As long as it works properly…. I’ll tackle it over Holiday break, between Fallout 4 and Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone…
Captain JJ 4x
December 2, 2015 at 08:34
If this is anything like the other classic games available on Origin it will not have been patched (properly, or at all) and will probably not work.
December 2, 2015 at 08:38
Saw it this morning while sorting my torrents… YOINK!
December 2, 2015 at 08:56
I played it finished it and even though it was good it is not nearly as good as Mass Effect so … yeah … hate to break it to you. That is not the greatest Bioware game.
December 2, 2015 at 08:58
If it’s one thing that EA is doing right, it’s the free game give-away they do.
December 2, 2015 at 09:08
This is a PSA:
Any Bioware game where you cannot Talimance cannot be the best game.
December 8, 2015 at 00:25
I would rather pay for this, than to have to download origin