The cult classic RPG by BioWare, Jade Empire, is coming to iOS systems.
The iOS port is being handled by Aspyr media, who also worked on the previous BioWare port Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Quantic Dream’s Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy.
Originally released back in 2005 for the PC and the original Xbox, Jade Empire was a critical darling at the time but was never a major title, sandwiched between Knights of the Old Republic and 2007’s Mass Effect.
The game itself is a martial arts action RPG, utilizing a modified version of the Knights of the Old Republic engine. The original release included several fighting styles, the use of magic, known as Chi in the game, a standard morality system and a number of companions and side characters, along with a 20 hour adventure to go through.
The iOS version is based on the special edition of the PC version of the game, and includes an updated, touch interface for iOS machines. The game will also require iOS 9 or above to run properly.
The game was set to be released today, but has been postponed on the app store by both Aspyr and Electronic Arts. A current release date is unknown at this time.
Jade Empire is a very good game, and arguably a better RPG for iOS devices due to the more action-oriented combat. Hopefully the release has not been delayed due to some major issues, but apparently the game is fully playable, enough for some websites to talk about playing the iOS version for review. Aspyr has been fairly consistent with their ports as well, so hopefully Jade Empire goes off without any hiccups.
If you are a fan of the more classic BioWare style, or of the original KotoR style, I highly recommend downloading a copy of the game for iOS if you have the chance. What do you think though? Leave your comments below.