Jade Empire Special Edition is the PC-enhanced version of Jade Empire, the original game in the franchise. It contained all of the characters from the original and the Jade Empire Limited Edition game. The game also added a new transformation style, along with two new martial styles and weapon styles. It did not contain the Tien's Justice weapon style from the Xbox's Limited Editon, however. Changes from the Xbox version include increased resolutions, up to 1600x1200 (1920x1200 in widescreen); new special effects and redrawn textures; two new martial styles, Iron Palm and Viper; a new Rhino Demon Style transformation; new monsters; new high level weapons; an improved AI, with enemies able to take cover more often; a new "Jade Master" difficulty level, with the ability to import saved games; a new world map interface; and keyboard and hotkey support. It also contains a bonus art book and poster.
The Special Edition became available for macOS on August 18, 2008. A mobile version became available on iOS on October 6, 2016 and on Android on November 15, 2016
Enhanced for the PC:
- Customizable, intuitive controls including support for game-pads and keyboard/mouse.
- Increased graphics resolutions and new visual effects.
- New monsters and enemies.
- New fighting styles.
- Improved combat AI and difficulty levels.
- New world map interface.
- An added playable character, Monk Zeng.
- New difficulty and ability to import saved characters in second play through (ie. New Game Plus Mode).
As a special treat, the Jade Empire Special Edition also includes:
- Full sized Jade Empire Special Edition poster (18"x24").
- Jade Empire art book.
Digital versions of the game, as sold on Steam and GOG, come with all of the enhanced in-game content, as well as the bonus art book and poster; however, these are obviously only available as digital PDFs, so collectors may prefer to buy the boxed copy of the game instead.
- If you pre-ordered the game, you recive a bonus transformation style of the Rhino Demon Style.