Speaking during the recent European Games Network trade show in London, Bioware joint CEO Dr. Ray Muzyka revealed that forthcoming Xbox title Jade Empire is intended as the first game in a new franchise.
"This is a franchise," he told gi.biz at the show. "This is a new IP, and there are going to be follow-on products - sequels and other things, absolutely. Our IPs, we have a long plan for - this is a rich world, and there are all these parts around the periphery of the empire that we haven't even touched on. There are lots of cool adventures still in the works."
Jade Empire, which is set to be published by Microsoft in Q1 2005, is the first original IP to be created by the celebrated Canadian developer, whose former titles have included the Baldur's Gate series, Neverwinter Nights and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
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