ranges from punches and kicks to
weapon strikes, mystical powers, and even transformations into
supernatural monsters. Combat
is fast-paced martial arts action characterized by rapid style changes
as players and enemies alike seek out their opponent’s weaknesses.
as a martial arts master – Jump into the story right away with a
pregenerated martial artist, or create a custom character tailored to
specific play preferences. Each
character has a unique appearance, custom voice set, and a powerful
combination of fighting styles and ability scores.
Focus on strength, speed, or magic, or build a character with a
balance of all three. As
their characters progress, players can focus on a narrow channel of
fighting styles and become dominant in these forms, or study a wide
variety of styles adaptable to many combat situations.
Players must choose whether to act for good or evil, and their
decisions have consequences that precede them throughout the land, and
impact their game experience.
story set in mythical China – Set in the ancient, mysterious world of
mythical China, players train under their master’s watchful eye and
learn powerful martial arts and mystical powers.
When danger threatens, players travel across the world, from the
harsh mountains of the Land of Howling Spirits to the lush gardens of
the Imperial City. In their
adventures, players face powerful human and supernatural foes, learn
exotic and magical martial arts, and discover the darkest secrets of the
world. Only by mastering
the greatest fighting styles and defeating the most powerful enemies
will players earn their place as a master of martial arts in the world
of Jade Empire.
followers to your cause – The Jade Empire is filled with complex and
fascinating characters. Some
are simple citizens of the Empire, but not all sit passively by.
Many powerful figures have interests in the players’ activities
and quests. Some are
enemies, but other may join the players’ cause and act as loyal
agents. Players can send
these agents on special missions across the game world.
Each agent has a different personality and skills, requiring
players to think carefully about which one to send on each mission.
Some problems call for strength and courage, others diplomacy,
and still others for stealth and subterfuge.
Players must decide carefully who to send, since the price for
failure is high.
from the Official Site:
Empire uses an entirely new graphics engine and a new sound engine, both
designed to take advantage of the unique power and capabilities of the
Xbox console. The graphics engine has more than twice the number of
render paths as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and the player
character models have three times more polys than those in KotOR. Other
enhancements include physics-based cloth, rim lighting, and an entirely
new skeleton built to accommodate motion captured animation. The sound
engine is designed to produce the most cinematic experience possible,
and puts incredible control in the hands of our audio engineers. (For
more check the official site at: Jade
an accompanying sheet there’s reference to Jade Empire’s action as
“reminiscent of the frenzied pace of Hong Kong martial arts cinema.”
Live capabilities? BioWare's "looking into the possibility."
the framework and some outlines, we don’t have much to go on except
BioWare’s past projects. BioWare
has a legacy – if I can use the term “legacy” for a company
established in 1995 – that includes such titles as Neverwinter
Knights, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic and MDK 2.
So, the wait for more details begins…
Empire is in no way affiliated with Armchair Empire.)