Jade Empire™ soundtrack now available!
BioWare announces release of the original soundtrack CD for the Xbox video game Jade Empire™
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, June 17, 2005 - BioWare is excited to announce that in partnership with Sumthing Else Music Works, Inc., (www.sumthing.com) and Microsoft Game Studios, the music of Jade EmpireTM is now available on soundtrack. Jade EmpireTM is the critically acclaimed action-RPG developed by BioWare and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox. Award-winning composer Jack Wall created the original music for Jade EmpireTM, and it is now available on this highly anticipated soundtrack. The Jade EmpireTM: Original Game Soundtrack is offered online at the BioWare store (http://store.bioware.com) and Amazon.com, as well as in select retail outlets of Tower Records, Virgin Mega Stores, Best Buy, Fry's Electronics and more.
The critically acclaimed Jade EmpireTM soundtrack was arranged and composed by Jack Wall (www.jackwall.net). As an industry award-winning composer/producer, Jack Wall's credits include Myst IV: Revelation, Myst III: Exile, Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (cinematic music), Dungeon Siege II (promotional trailers), Rise of the Kasai, and Wrath Unleashed.
Created by the award-winning development team at BioWare, Jade EmpireTM allows players to 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 recently developed Star Wars®: Knights of the Old RepublicTM. 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 EmpireTM.
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BioWare Corp. is an electronic entertainment company which develops computer and console video games. BioWare's developers recently completed work on Jade EmpireTM, the first game based on a BioWare-created intellectual property. Jade Empire was released in April 2004 and has enjoyed critical and commercial success. BioWare is also hard at work on Dragon AgeTM, a PC RPG set in a second brand-new fantasy world created and owned by BioWare. BioWare is also developing another as-yet unannounced next-generation title based on a third BioWare-created intellectual property. BioWare's Technology Architecture Group is also developing cutting-edge next-generation BioWare Eclipse EngineTM technology for multiple platforms. BioWare has an online fan community at www.bioware.com consisting of more than 2.5 million registered users who regularly connect to discuss the company's current and future games. In November 2004, the company launched the BioWare Online Store at store.bioware.com, where fans can purchase new content for their favorite BioWare titles and merchandise. Previously published projects include: the action-RPG of 2005 for Xbox, Jade Empire; the 2003 Game of the Year, Star Wars®: Knights of the Old RepublicTM for PC and Xbox; the award-winning Neverwinter NightsTM series; the genre-defining Baldur's GateTM role-playing game series for the PC; MDKTM2 for Dreamcast and PC, MDKTM2: Armageddon for PlayStation®2, and Shattered SteelTM. BioWare information can be found online at www.bioware.com.
ABOUT MICROSOFT GAME STUDIOS
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 "HexicTM."
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ABOUT JACK WALL
Jack Wall is an industry award-winning composer/producer whose credits include Jade Empire, Myst IV: Revelation, Myst III: Exile, Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (cinematic music), Dungeon Siege II (promotional trailers), Rise of the Kasai, and Wrath Unleashed. Earlier this year, his soundtrack for Myst IV: Revelation won Music of the Year at the 2004 Game Audio Network Guild Awards, and took home more awards than any other single game at the GANG awards, including Best Live Performance Recording and Best Original Vocal Song - Choral for the Main Theme. Previous to 1996, Jack was engineer and producer for such recording artists as John Cale, David Byrne and Patti Smith among others. Jack is co-creator and producer of "Video Games Live," the first major U.S. video game music concert tour featuring some of the greatest videogame franchises and music ever created. For more information visit www.jackwall.net
ABOUT NILE RODGERS
Award winning record producer Nile Rodgers is one of the most prolific music producers in history. Nile's production accomplishments include such diverse artists as Diana Ross, Madonna, David Bowie, Duran Duran, The B-52's, David Lee Roth, Grace Jones, Mick Jagger and many more. Records produced by Nile Rodgers have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. As a founding member of the perennial Rhythm & Blues dance band Chic, Nile co-wrote many of their big hits including "Le Freak" and "Good Times", as well as "We Are Family" for Sister Sledge. In addition to records, he has also scored or produced music for numerous films including "Coming to America", "Thelma and Louise", "The Flintstones", "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Rush Hour II" as well as a variety of television shows and commercials. Nile is a board member of several organizations including the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).
ABOUT SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS, INC
Nile Rodgers started Sumthing Else Music Works (SEMW) as a nationwide record label and creative outlet for independent artists and unique musical projects. Through its affiliated company, Sumthing Distribution, SEMW prides itself on its ability to rapidly and effectively deliver to the marketplace many innovative products. In view of the successes of its previous game soundtrack releases, the Company is now considered the leader in this newly emerging musical genre. Accordingly, SEMW has bolstered its Commitment to enhancing game players' overall experience by acquiring many new titles to complement its current catalog of releases.
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