Bioware co-founder and CEO Ray Muzyka has said that the company is "looking for the right way" to make use of the Jade Empire property, indicating the franchise might make a return.
"We’ve been talking a lot about that actually on and off over the years," Muzyka said at a Bioware-themed panel at last week's Eurogamer Expo.
"It's an IP, it's a setting that we're really passionate about, and we still are. Both Greg and I were big believers in the IP," Muzyka continued, referring to himself and Greg Zeschuk, his fellow Bioware co-founder.
"We're just looking for the right way to deploy it," he continued.
Jade Empire released in 2005, the Bioware title sandwiched between Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect. It was quite a departure from the sci-fi settings, based around asian myths and legends.
"You never know," Muzyka continued. "We don’t have anything to announce on it right now, but it is a franchise that’s near and dear to us."
A Jade Empire sequel was mentioned back in 2009 - but word started to fade as the Mass Effect franchise took off. With the trilogy wrapping up in Mass Effect 3, Jade Empire might be revisited by that team once that game is over. Only time will tell.