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Preview BioWare Rumor Mill

Discussion in 'RPG News & Content' started by Sol Invictus, Dec 16, 2004.

  1. Sol Invictus Erudite

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    <a href=http://pc.ign.com>PC IGN</a> has taken the liberty of visiting the offices of BioWare where they were rewarded with some very interesting information about the developer's upcoming titles. BioWare did not announce nor confirm any of the following rumors, however, each was <a href=http://pc.ign.com/articles/572/572673p1.html>hinted</a> at quite heavily.
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    <b>Jade Empire on PC</b>: Several times during our stay, Joint-CEOs Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk noted that Jade Empire was exclusive to Xbox "for now," suggesting that the martial arts RPG would have a second home following the release of Jade on Xbox next March. Because Greg and Ray have stated on numerous occasions that Xbox was the only console capable of running the games they want to make, the only logical assumption is that Jade Empire will be ported over to the PC in either the summer or fall of 2005. Considering BioWare did the same thing for Knights of the Old Republic and has always supported the PC, this one seems like a no-brainer.
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    <b>Jade 2</b>: Though Jade Empire isn't even completed yet, numerous members of the Jade team suggested they would love to do a sequel. In fact, Greg, Ray, Producer Jim Bishop and Art Director Matt Goldman each suggested that Jade 2, while not officially announced, was pretty much a certainty. During multiple interviews, each was asked if certain elements were in Jade Empire. The response was often the same, "No, but that's something we definitely would want in the sequel... which hasn't been announced yet." This news coupled with a visit to the casino inside the West Edmonton Mall, made for one hell of a nice trip.
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    <b>FPS RPG</b>: In September, BioWare announced it had licensed Epic's Unreal 3 engine for use in its next RPG. At that time, everyone began speculating about the possibility of a first-person shooter RPG from one of the most respected developers in North America. During a briefing before the Jade Empire demo, BioWare fueled the flames of that speculation. When asked if BioWare would ever consider making a first-person shooter RPG, the response was, "<i>It's inevitable.</i>" BioWare also noted the game was in development for PC and an unspecified next-gen console. While there's no guarantee BioWare's first next-gen RPG will be for Xbox 2, we'd say it's a solid bet.
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    BioWare is not one to keep secrets for too long. The Canadian company often announced projects more than a year ahead of release and are eager to show off upcoming titles as much as possible. While we may have to wait until next year for more details, once BioWare lets the cat out of the bag, expect to hear plenty about its new original IP right up until the day of release.
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    You have to hand it to them for getting the inside scoop. But what's more interesting is the news itself. Discuss!
     
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  2. jiujitsu Cipher

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    Hooray for FPS RPGs! *waves flag*

    *gets sniped*

    *dies*
     
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  3. Jed Cipher

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    LIE;S ADN RUMO URS!!! WHY DO T HEY LIE?! R00FL;ES!! SPECULTI ON IS NTO NE;WS!!
     
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  4. roguefrog Liturgist

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    Well I'm just going to assume that name they trademarked a while ago "Star Citadel" is related to this FPRPG.
     
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  5. Andyman Messiah Mr. Ed-ucated

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    Gee, I wonder what horrendous crap they could produce using the Unreal 3-engine. They're allied with Bethesda, aren't they? They're going to make The Elder Scrolls 5 in the Elder Scrolls Trilogy! Aren't they?! Oh, the conspiracy!

    Seriously, is that FPS/RPG really going to be what is called "Star Citadel"?
     
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  6. Surlent Liturgist

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    Sounds like Bio wants to make their own version of Deus Ex/Bloodlines/Morrowind, with their trademarks of long story, romances, epic good/evil axis... etc.
     
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  7. keeks Novice

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    I personally think Bioware's linear style could work nicely in an FPS/RPG.
     
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  8. DemonKing Arcane

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    Sounds like Obsidian's next project!
     
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  9. Mendoza Liturgist

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    Nah, all the stuff Bio has handed down has been licensed stuff. I really get the impression that they want to work on their own IP's themselves and get much more of a kick out of it (not surprising), so I'd be surprised if Jade 2 wasn't developed in house.
     
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  10. DarkSign Erudite

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    If you havent seen the Unreal 3 engine in action...do a google for unreal 3 technology engine and feast your eyes. Its a graphics whore's wet dream.
     
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  11. Sol Invictus Erudite

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    Please don't imply that just because the graphics are good the game is bad, though. A lot of games look like crap and don't fare much better in terms of gameplay, either.
     
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  12. Diogo Ribeiro Erudite

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    Canada was invaded and taken over by the US?
     
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  13. Volourn Pretty Princess Pretty Princess

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    I really hope JE comes to PC. It looks like a much better and more interetsing version of KOTOR with better role-playing to boot. I just am worried about the combat being action oreinted much like BL's was.

    I figure JE will be like BL.

    Great story, characters, role-playing, and graphics; but passible combat at best. At least for the PC version I know it won't be as buggy and what bugs it does have will likely be fixed without much of a fight.

    Oh. JE TO PC! GO GO GO!!!


    "Canada was invaded and taken over by the US?"

    RP, you must be joking at everyone's expesne. This has gotta be a joke on your part. That is all. :twisted:
     
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  14. ElastiZombie Liturgist

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    They're refering to the continent which includes Canada, Mexico and the USA.
     
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  15. DarkSign Erudite

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    I suppose you could very well take that shade of meaning from "graphics whore."
    But Im not implying anything of the sort.
     
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  16. Otaku_Hanzo Erudite

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    I will resist the urge to comment...
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    I will resist the urge to comment...
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    I will resist the urge to comment...
     
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  17. Diogo Ribeiro Erudite

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    But Canada is a wholly different continent, with smelly french people and funny make believe money!
     
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  18. DarkSign Erudite

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    Montreal has some of the best strippers in the world. (say what you will about patrons of strippers)
     
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  19. ElastiZombie Liturgist

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    Unlike.. say.. Europe? :wink:
     
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  20. Diogo Ribeiro Erudite

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    We're secretly planning to nuke the French and create a mini Las Vegas there, so it's all good :lol:

    And our money doesn't suck... too much :P
     
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