On January 22nd EA have started the process to trademark the name “Jade Empire”. The original title was used back in 2005 when Bioware who developed franchises such as Mass Effect, Dragon Age and their most recent IP Anthem.
The title was released on the Xbox and was an action-RPG which featured martial arts action and was recently made backwards compatible last year. It was after this when EA bought out Bioware in 2007, they would go onto then develop the Mass Effect series.
While the reason for claiming this trademark could mean they plan to create a sequel, a remaster or even a remake of the original. Or they could just be acquiring their previous titles which is something large game developers do from time to time, whether that be for plans for now or in future.
For now we will have to wait and see what EA could have planned for Jade Empire.