Bethesda’s Todd Howard has shed some new light on the upcoming Indiana Jones game in development at developer Wolfenstein’s Machine Games.
Appearing on Lex Fridman’s podcast, Howard began by saying that Machine Games was the “perfect fit” to develop the new Indiana Jones game. Howard originally introduced the game in 2009, but it didn’t work out at the time. Now that Disney is beefing up its licensing deals, Bethesda was able to strike a deal and put Machine Games to work on the game.
“If you like Indiana Jones, it’s a love letter to Indiana Jones,” Howard, executive producer of the title, said in the interview.
Forced to reveal exactly what the Indiana Jones game will be, Howard says it’s not easy to categorize it into one particular genre or another.
“It’s a combination. It’s not a thing, intentionally. It does a lot of different things that we want to do in a game. So it’s something unique,” he said. he said.
Howard’s role as executive producer in the untitled Indiana Jones is about “sign in” games as opposed to daily live participation. He might check out Indiana Jones, or any other project he’s executive producer on, once a week or once a month, depending on its development status.
In contrast, for a game Howard is directing–including star school–it’s a daily routine that he does more often.
The new Indiana Jones game will tell an original archeologist-explorer story. As for the developer of Machine Games, they are well versed in Nazi stories through the Wolfenstein series, which can be a strength since the Indiana Jones series also partially focuses on the Nazis.
Given that Microsoft owns Machine Games through the purchase of ZeniMax, it can be assumed that the Indiana Jones title will be exclusive to Xbox and PC and available to Game Pass subscribers whenever it is released.
No release date has been announced for the new Indiana Jones game. For the movie series, Harrison Ford returns to play Indiana Jones again in the fifth film due out in 2023.
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