Lucasfilm Games has officially confirmed a new Indiana Jones game. The adrenaline-fueled archaeologist’s next outing is in the works at Wolfenstein developer MachineGames, with Bethesda Game Studios head Todd Howard set to executive produce the project.
As it stands, we’re still awaiting some key details for the new Indiana Jones game, including plot info, release date, and confirmation of what it will actually be called. There’s even debate over which platform the new Indiana Jones game will be released on now that Microsoft has acquired ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda. However, thanks to StarWars.com (opens in new tab)Lucasfilm’s official news agency, we know this will be an “original, standalone tale set at the height of the famous adventurer’s career”.
Want to know more about Indy’s upcoming video game release? So read on to find out everything we know about the new Indiana Jones game.
New Indiana Jones game: straight to the point
- What is it? A new standalone Indiana Jones game
- When can I play? TBC (but unlikely soon)
- What can I play on? TBC, Xbox and PC platforms seem likely
New Indiana Jones game release date and platforms
There’s still no word on when we’ll get our hands on the new Indiana Jones game, but we hope it will be for a few years.
In a tweet announcing (opens in new tab) the game in January 2021, Bethesda said, “it will be some time before we have more to reveal”, which is not surprising given the company is also working on Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6 currently. However, as MachineGames and not Bethesda Game Studios are handling this, we won’t necessarily have to wait until Starfield is finished.
At this point, we expect the game to release in 2023 as we approach the end of 2022. Though it’s nice to get some news before the new year. It’s worth noting that the June 2022 Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase focused on games released “in the next twelve months”. Since Indiana Jones didn’t show up, it seems very unlikely that we’ll see him until at least the second half of 2023.
With Bethesda’s parent company Zenimax now owned by Microsoft, we’re expecting to see the new Indiana Jones game coming to PC, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S – however, platforms have yet to be confirmed.
New Indiana Jones game story and setting
At the moment, we need to learn more about the new Indiana Jones game setting. However, it looks like we won’t be able to get any story details from existing media as Bethesda confirmed that the game is an “original story” entirely in the announcement. tweet (opens in new tab).
While the announcement trailer was fairly brief, there may have been some hidden clues that eagle-eyed fans might point to the game’s setup. The game could be set (at least partially) in 1937, and see Indy venturing to Rome, as the trailer shows a map of Vatican City, as well as writing that partially says, “I’ll make it to Rome.”
I downloaded the trailer in HD and have been looking for clues. The @machinegames Indiana Jones project appears to be set in Vatican City in October 1937, at least in part. You can see the Sistine Chapel on the map. pic.twitter.com/yCYnsXWRNjJanuary 12, 2021
For now, though, all of this remains entirely speculative, and it’s worth remembering that plans can (and often do) change during development. As soon as we have more news from Microsoft or MachineGames, we’ll keep this updated.
New trailer for Indiana Jones game
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 walks past a table covered in books, a camera and papers before landing on Dr. Henry ‘Indiana’ Jones Jr. It’s not much, but it’s enough to cheer us up (and there seem to be some clues about).
Check it out for yourself:
New Indiana Jones game news and rumors
New rumors point to Xbox exclusivity
There are more rumors that Bethesda’s upcoming Indiana Jones game could be an Xbox exclusive. This comes from XboxEra podcast co-host Nick Baker, who recently posted a tweet suggesting the game will be Xbox exclusive.
Of course, this hasn’t been confirmed by any official channels linked to the game, so it’s not certain what platforms the Indiana Jones game will release on, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he was an Xbox exclusive. Following Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda, it was confirmed that Bethesda’s next game, Starfield, will be an Xbox exclusive. There are reports that Elder Scrolls 6 will follow suit.
This Indiana Jones game appears to be in its early stages and is almost certainly a little late. If there is no prior contractual obligation to bring the game to PlayStation, we wouldn’t be surprised if it was among the “new titles in the future that will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players” that Phil Spencer mentioned earlier.”
For those who wanted a preview of Rumor Mill for the @xboxera podcast. The episode should come out later today or tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/Qt07JzPAjwSeptember 12, 2021
In the “very, very, very early stages of development”
It’s going to be a while before we get our hands on MachineGames’ Indiana Jones game, as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Communications Pete Hines said in mid-2021 that the game was still in the “very, very, very early stages of development.” development”.
Inside an interview as part of GameSpot’s Play For All (opens in new tab) event in June 2021, Hines said, “They are working on the Indiana Jones games that we just talked about earlier this year. Obviously, we literally just announced this deal, so you can make your own guesses as to how far along this is.”
The PS5 will miss some Bethesda games, but is Indiana Jones one of them?
In March 2021, Microsoft completed the acquisition of ZeniMax media, the parent company of Bethesda, and, in a blog post on Xbox Wire, Xbox boss Phil Spencer did not completely rule out that Bethesda games will not release on PS5. Sony in the future. Still, he stressed that “players should know that Xbox, PC and Game Pass consoles will be the best place to experience new Bethesda games, including some new titles in the future that will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players.”
Spencer addressed this further during the “Bethesda Joins Xbox” roundtable in March 2021Bethesda joins Xbox (opens in new tab)” roundtable in March 2021, Spencer addressed this further. “If you’re an Xbox customer, I want you to know that it’s about delivering great exclusive games to you that are released on platforms where Game Pass exists,” Spencer explained. “That’s our goal, that’s why we’re doing this, that’s the root of this partnership we’re building.”
“Obviously, I can’t sit here and say that every Bethesda game is exclusive, because we know that’s not true,” Spencer continued, likely referencing contractual obligations that will have to be met.
We don’t know whether or not there are contractual obligations surrounding the Indiana Jones game, but based on Spencer’s words, it seems like there’s a good chance the new Indiana Jones game is at the very least a Game Pass title, if not one. Xbox exclusive. Spencer didn’t explicitly name the game, so we can’t be sure yet.