Since its inception, Bethesda’s MachineGames has worked almost exclusively on the Wolfenstein franchise, rebooting the series for modern audiences and earning rave reviews in the process. However, MachineGames is going in a different direction with its next game. Bethesda has officially announced that MachineGames is working on a brand new Indiana Jones video game with a completely original story.
Bethesda made the announcement with a short teaser trailer that shows the titular Indiana Jones’ desk, along with various artifacts and items associated with the character, including his iconic whip and hat. The teaser ends with Indy grabbing his hat, presumably to run off to his MachineGames-developed adventure. Whether or not Indy will be fighting Nazis like he has in the movies remains to be seen, but it would make sense considering MachineGames’ work on the Wolfenstein series. Unfortunately, no gameplay footage was revealed in the teaser trailer, but Bethesda did follow up on the surprise announcement with a couple of other details.
In a follow-up tweet, Bethesda confirmed that the Indiana Jones video game from MachineGames will be executive produced by Todd Howard, who has spearheaded Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls and Fallout efforts for decades. Not only that, but the game is being developed in collaboration with LucasfilmGames, the recently revealed video game label that will be handling gaming projects based on Lucasfilm properties. Bethesda also stressed that it will be “some time” before it has any more to reveal about the new game.
Since the LucasfilmGames announcement happened on the official Star Wars website, it was presumed by many that the label would be primarily focused on upcoming Star Wars video game projects. Considering this, many online are surprised to learn that its first project is actually a new Indiana Jones game. It will definitely be interesting to see what form this game takes, so hopefully the developers have more to share sooner rather than later.
In the meantime, this new collaboration between Bethesda and LucasfilmGames could be a good indication of what fans can expect from the company after it’s acquired by Microsoft. Unless something goes astray, Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media, and therefore Bethesda and its studios, is expected to be finalized this year. This means that the Indiana Jones video game could technically fall under the Xbox Game Studios umbrella, though it seems unlikely that such a project would end up being Xbox-exclusive.
This could be taken as a sign that Bethesda fans don’t have to worry about its games being full-blown Xbox exclusives. However, it has been said in the past that Bethesda games will either be timed-exclusives for Xbox or will perform best on Xbox. Of course, since this deal is being made before the Microsoft acquisition has gone through, it’s possible that it is not impacted at all and will be freely available on whatever platforms Bethesda and Lucasfilm Games have agreed upon. Ultimately, all fans can do is speculate until more concrete information is available.
Indiana Jones is in development for unspecified platforms.