Jade Empire Hits North America

April 12, 2005

Jade Empire Hits North America

BioWare’s Highly Anticipated
Martial Arts Masterpiece Now Available In Stores

Microsoft Game Studios announced
today that Jade Empire™, the highly anticipated Xbox® action-RPG game, has
punched into North American retail outlets and is now available for an estimated
price of $49.95 (U.S.). Jade Empire will be available in Europe starting on
April 22. Created by BioWare, developer of the award-winning Star Wars®: Knights
of the Old Republic™, Jade Empire has already received stellar ratings from the
gaming press. IGN rated Jade Empire a 9.9 and called it “the greatest RPG on
Xbox,” while GameSpy rated it five out of five stars and described it as
“excellent,” “exciting” and “gorgeous.”

Jade Empire players will find a rich
world, deep story and incredible variety of fighting styles awaiting them. Over
the course of the game, players can learn dozens of fighting styles including
martial arts styles, magic styles and weapon styles. Players can achieve
devastating mystical powers and even transform into towering supernatural
monsters. 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.

In addition to combat, Jade Empire
will mesmerize players with a story richly inspired by the myths and legends of
ancient China. More than 70 different voice actors lent their talents to the
more than 17,000 lines of dialogue in the game. To complement the game’s depth
and attention to detail, BioWare captured the motions of real martial arts
champions to animate the game’s characters. The finished product fuses all of
these elements and more into a thrilling gameplay experience that is sure to
capture Xbox gamers in its powerful magical spell.

Read GameZone’s Review
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 (
) 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.