Last night Bethesda made the surprise announcement that it will be working with the newly rebuilt Lucasfilm Games to publish an Indiana Jones video game. Wolfenstein studio Machine Games - a studio with plenty of experience in making games about fighting Nazis - will handle development duties, bringing the iconic whip-cracking professor to life.
"A new Indiana Jones game with an original story is in development from our studio, MachineGames," Bethesda wrote on Twitter. "It will be executive produced by Todd Howard, in collaboration with LucasfilmGames. It'll be some time before we have more to reveal, but we're very excited to share today's news!" Check out the teaser below, because that's clearly all we're getting for a while.
Fortunately, the teaser itself tells us plenty about the game's story and setting. As you can probably see from the map and tickets on the table in the trailer, the game will be at least partly set in and around Rome, with the Vatican City looking likely to be a prominent location.
The books on the table - specifically Ancient Circles and Forbidden Stones - also suggests that Mr Jones will be looking into many of the ancient stone circles dotted across Europe. While Stonehenge is perhaps the most famous of these, there are other prominent monuments in the Pyrenees, France, Poland, and Bulgaria. I expect a classic globe-trotting adventure is on the cards.
Finally, and perhaps most exciting of all for fans of the original films, the ticket to Rome seems to confirm that the game will be set in 1937. That means this new adventure takes place after Temple Of Doom and Raiders Of The Lost Ark, but one year before The Last Crusade. That means we're getting original trilogy-era Indiana Jones, so expect plenty of callbacks to his previous adventures.
Even better, it also means we're years away from Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull happening, which can only ever be seen as a Very Good Thing. Who knows, maybe the game can involve Indiana Jones using the power of ancient stone circles to erase that last film from existence? We can but dream.
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