Jade Empire, BioWare’s Epic Martial Arts Masterpiece, Goes Gold

Jade Empire, BioWare’s Epic
Martial Arts Masterpiece, Goes Gold

Pre-Order the Limited Edition Now
to Receive a Bonus Character at No Extra Cost

BioWare’s dazzling vision of
mythological China will soon spring to life, as Microsoft Game Studios announced
today that Jade Empire™ has gone gold. The stunningly beautiful action-RPG,
exclusively for Xbox®, will burst into North American retail outlets starting on
April 12, with worldwide distribution occurring shortly thereafter. Jade Empire
fever has reached a deafening roar recently, with more than 11 major media
outlets naming it one of the most anticipated games of 2005.

The Limited Edition of Jade Empire
is loaded with bonus content and is now available for pre-order at the same
price as the regular edition. The Limited Edition is packaged in a special foil
hologram box and features a bonus character and fighting style. The bonus
character, Monk Zeng, has the ability to channel his Chi, or spiritual energy,
to fuel powerful magic attacks that manipulate both elemental and spiritual
forces. Monk Zeng can equip himself with a special weapon called the spade
staff, a deadly weapon useful for slashing foes at a distance and finishing them
with lethal follow-up attacks. The Jade Empire Limited Edition is available for
pre-order now for the same suggested retail price as the standard version,
$49.95 (U.S.).

Created by the award-winning
development team at BioWare, Jade Empire will let players master dozens of
martial arts fighting styles and mystical powers that match the awesome
spectacle of Hong Kong action movies. The game features a deep, rich story in
the tradition of BioWare, which most recently developed Star Wars®: Knights of
the Old Republic™. Players can train under their master’s watchful eye to learn
powerful martial arts and mystical powers. When danger threatens, players will
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 will 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.

For more information about Jade
Empire, visit
http://xbox.com/jadeempire/
  or
http://jade.bioware.com/

BioWare Corp. is an electronic
entertainment company that develops computer and console games. BioWare’s
developers have just wrapped up work on Jade Empire™, a BioWare-created
intellectual property to be published by Microsoft for the Xbox on April 12,
2005; and are hard at work on Dragon Age™, a PC RPG set in a brand new world
created and owned by BioWare. BioWare is also developing its next-generation
BioWare Eclipse Engine™ technology, as well as an unannounced next-generation
title based on yet another BioWare-created intellectual property. BioWare has an
online fan community consisting of more than 2.4 million registered users that
connect to discuss the company’s current and future games. In November 2004, the
company launched the BioWare Online Store, where fans can purchase new content
for their favorite BioWare games. Previously published projects include: the
2003 Game of the Year Star Wars®: Knights of the Old Republic™ for PC and Xbox,
the award-winning Neverwinter Nights™ series, the genre-defining Baldur’s Gate™
role-playing game series for the PC, MDK™2 for Dreamcast and PC, MDK™2:
Armageddon for PlayStation®2 and Shattered Steel™. BioWare information can be
found online at www.bioware.com

Microsoft Game Studios is a leading
worldwide publisher and developer of games for the Xbox® video game system, the
Windows® operating system and online platforms. Comprising a network of top
developers, Microsoft Game Studios is committed to creating innovative and
diverse games for Windows (http://www.microsoft.com/games), including such
franchises as Age of Empires®, Flight Simulator and Zoo Tycoon®; Xbox
http://www.xbox.com ,
including such games as Fable® and franchises as Halo®, Project Gotham Racing®
and MechAssault®; and MSN® Games
http://www.games.msn.com
the official games channel for the MSN network and home to such hits as
“Bejeweled” and “Hexic™.”

Xbox
http://www.xbox.com  is
the video game system from Microsoft that brings people together for the most
exhilarating game and entertainment experiences. Xbox delivers an expansive
collection of breakthrough games, powerful hardware and the unified Xbox Live
online service. The new tagline, “It’s Good to Play Together,” captures the
spirit of Xbox as the social hub of the new digital entertainment lifestyle.
Xbox is now available in North America, Asia, Europe and Australia.