A new Indiana Jones game has been confirmed by Lucasfilm Games. The globe-trotting archeologist’s next adventure is being developed by MachineGames, the folks behind Wolfenstein. The title is also set to be executive produced by Bethesda Game Studios’ director: Todd Howard.
These are early days, so the new Indiana Jones game is shrouded in mystery. Key details such as the release date, storyline, and the game’s title have yet to be shared. However, we do know that the game will tell an original, standalone story set at the height of Indy’s career and we’ve also been able to glean some details from the teaser trailer that could give us an idea of what to expect.
It looks like we’re in for a classic Indiana Jones adventure channeling the pulpy heroics and derring-do of the movies. Want to know more? Read on for everything we know so far about the new Indiana Jones game.
New Indiana Jones game: cut to the chase
- What is it? A new standalone Indiana Jones game with an original story
- When can I play it? TBC
- What can I play it on? TBC
New Indiana Jones game release date and platforms
MachineGames hasn’t confirmed when we’ll get our hands on the new Indiana Jones game, but we’re expecting it won’t release for a few years yet.
In an interview as part of GameSpot’s Play For All (opens in new tab) event in June 2021, Bethesda’s senior vice president of global marketing and communications, Pete Hines, stated that the game was still in the “very, very, very early stages of development” suggesting that it’s still a few years out from release.
Given Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax Media, it’s likely that we’ll see the title released on PC, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S (with PS5 less certain) – however, platforms have not yet been confirmed.
New Indiana Jones game trailer
Bethesda shared (opens in new tab) a teaser trailer on Twitter in January 2021 that officially announced the new Indiana Jones, though it had more Easter Eggs than game details. The trailer pans across a desk covered with books, a camera, and papers before landing on Dr. Jones’ signature fedora hat and whip. It’s not much, but it’s enough to get us excited. There seem to be plenty of clues lurking about, too.
Though the teaser trailer is the only offering so far, MachineGames will almost certainly release more teasers in the future. If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of any new Indiana Jones developments, keep an eye on the official Bethesda Twitter page (opens in new tab).
New Indiana Jones game story and setting
As it stands, we have a limited amount to go on when it comes to sussing out exactly what the game’s story will be. Given it’s an Indiana Jones game, however, it seems likely that we’ll be able to expect an exciting, pulpy adventure full of brash heroism and relics of antiquity.
However, the teaser trailer does offer some useful tidbits which an enterprising viewer could use to piece together some parts of the plot. Given the trailer shows a map of Vatican City as well as writing that partly says, “I will be arriving in Rome”, it looks like we’ll see Dr. Jones adventuring in Rome.
Given the fact that Indy’s plane ticket is dated 1937, it’s possible that our hero will have to contend with the machinations of Italy’s ascendant fascist party as Europe teeters on the brink of the Second World War. This also means that the game will be (at least partially) set a year after the first Indiana Jones movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The books of “Ancient Circles”, “Forbidden Stones” and “Myths that Made Us” suggest that, in typical Indiana Jones fashion, the adventure will feature occult myths and ancient artifacts with supernatural powers.