Electronic Arts is continuing its On The House promotion, designed to encourage people to install and use its Origin digital distribution platform, with the release of classic BioWare role-playing game Jade Empire for free.
While On The House initially launched in 2014 with the relatively up-to-date horror shooter Dead Space
, Electronic Arts has since shifted its focus to concentrate on titles from further back in its history. For a company that has been publishing games for as long as EA, though, that's no bad thing: the promotion, designed to boost interest in digital distribution platform Origin, has seen the free releases of classics including Theme Hospital
, SimCity 2000
, and Wing Commander III
Now, the company is turning to BioWare's output, offering the excellent martial arts role-playing title Jade Empire: Special Edition to users completely free of charge. Originally released for the Xbox in 2005 before getting a Windows port as the Special Edition, the Chinese-themed but carefully geographically-fictitious Jade Empire is one of BioWare's most-loved titles. Gathering rave reviews, the game's open-ended nature and impressive - for the time - graphics were universally praised, with one of the few criticisms being its short nature. Sadly, despite this success, no further titles in the series were developed.
Jade Empire: Special Edition is available for download now from EA's Origin service
. While the giveaway offer is, as always, time-limited, once redeemed the title will remain downloadable for the life of the user's Origin account.