In an interview with Podcast 1099, creative director Mark Laidlaw discussed the difficulties in game development in general and the necessary passion and drive a team needs to bring a game to fruition. For example, Laidlaw said that he’d “be a fool to say we weren’t considering [Jade Empire 2].”
He elaborates that he knows exactly what he’d do with a sequel to Jade Empire, there’s a story all lined up. But the majority of folks who would be working on such a game, are focused on the next Dragon Age. Laidlaw states that “Dragon Age is fairly distracting” and it is not in anyway replacing Jade Empire, there a plenty of other factors halting the proper production of Jade Empire 2.
It seems we won’t be seeing a sequel to Jade Empire anytime soon. If that is a little too much disappoint to handle, Laidlaw added that BioWare is currently hiring for additional talent to come to the Dragon Age game. So it’s good, at least, to know that progress is being made on the next title to the popular series.
However in a rather telling statement, Laidlaw said that “in a universe where there could be a Beyond Good & Evil 2 fifteen years later, I think it’s very possible there could still be a Jade Empire 2.”
Source: 1099 Podcast