Bethesda’s Indiana Jones Game: Release Date, Trailer & More
Talking about the Indiana Jones games in 2021 is essentially a form of archeology. The most recent, The Lego Indiana Jones Adventures, are over ten years old, while most of Indy’s adventures date back to the mid-90s. Finally, however, Indy is gearing up for a new adventure. While it’s too early to grab your hat and whip and start worrying about snakes, Bethesda has announced that a brand new game featuring the daring archaeologist is in the works.
If the trailer released in January has anything to say, Bethesda’s Indiana Jones game is in good hands and will be filled with Easter eggs for devoted fans. While there is very little information to dissect at the time of writing, we’ve done our best to browse the trailer for more details. Here’s everything we know about Bethesda’s upcoming Indiana Jones game, and when we hope we can play it.
What is the Indiana Jones game release date?
It’s too early to mark a date on our calendars, but that doesn’t mean we can’t comb through the trailer and dream of what we’d love to see in the upcoming Indiana Jones game. All we know is that he’s officially in development and has some promising names behind him. MachineGames, the same studio that brought us the rebooted Wolfenstein games, will be collaborating with Lucasfilm Games on Indy’s next adventure. Todd Howard was also named executive producer.
The only significant news about the upcoming release was Bethesda’s surprise announcement about us on Twitter. In Bethesda’s words, “It will be a while before we have more to reveal, but we are very happy to share today’s news!”
Since this was really just a teaser, I think tempering our expectations is the best way to go at the moment. I can’t see the game coming out until 2022, and even then we’re probably overly optimistic. Keep in mind that we are still eagerly awaiting details on some of Bethesda’s other upcoming games. The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield were both announced in 2018, and neither has a release date yet. With E3 in a few months, hopefully we have a rough release window, even if it’s just the year.
Here’s the trailer for Indiana Jones’ announcement
We only have one trailer to replay on a loop right now, but there are several interesting items we spotted in the 30-second tease that give us a clue as to where Dr. Jones is headed. If you want to get a quick preview before going into the details, you can watch the first trailer below.
What is the setting for the new Indiana Jones game?
The trailer isn’t the best quality, but we can make out a few important details. We still see the famous archaeologist on long journeys around the world in the movies, so it’s no surprise that we need a passport handy this time around. The teaser shows an orange plane ticket to Rome, dated October 1937. It is based on a map of Vatican City, in which we can see roughly the Sistine Chapel.
There are a few pencil marks on the map indicating that we will likely be traveling to these places of interest at some point. Indy’s radar.
There are a lot of items spread out on the desktop in the trailer, including books on Ancient Circle: Jubilee and Forbidden Stones. It’s also easy to spot a few sketches of what appears to be a temple and the Chachapoyan fertility idol that Jones stole at the start of Raiders of the Lost Ark. There are also some fun little nods to Indy’s past, including the “MC” mug, referencing Marshall College, which has appeared in various novels and comics before. Indiana Jones fans took to Twitter to break down the teaser in even more detail.
It will feature an original story, but will likely tie into the movies
Bethesda has already confirmed that the upcoming Indiana Jones game will feature an original story. However, given that a design of the Golden Idol can be seen in the trailer, it looks like MachineGames wants to tie its game to the movies in some way. Let’s take a look at the cinematic timeline to see where the new game could fit:
- Cursed temple: 1935
- The Raiders of the Lost Ark: 1936
- The Last Crusade: 1938
- Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: 1957
So if we work outside of the movie timeline, the new game sits perfectly between the events of Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade. One group that immediately comes to mind for this period (and the Indiana Jones films) is that of the Nazis. If you’ve played any of the Wolfenstein games you’ll know MachineGames did its Nazi reflection undeniably clear. We also know that Indy rightly despises them, so I can’t wait to see how Wolfenstein’s unique style of taking out bad guys work their way into this adventure.
Some of Indy’s earliest gaming adventures are a few decades old at this point, and likely belong to a museum themselves. Andy kindly set up a brief history of the Indiana Jones games to remind us of all the sticky situations Dr. Jones has found himself in over the years. As for the setting, the first Indy game to hit PC, Indiana Jones in Revenge of the Ancients, is set in 1936, just before the new one. Considering this was first released on NES, Atari 2600, and Commodore 64, I doubt it’ll get a nod when MachineGames takes the reins, but you never know. Maybe Fate of Atlantis will get at least one scream.
Will the new Indiana Jones game be an exclusive?
Following Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda, there is uncertainty as to which games will be exclusive to Xbox and PC. During the Bethesda joins Xbox Roundtable in March 2021, Phil Spencer mentioned that “it’s all about bringing you great, exclusive games that are delivered on platforms where Game Pass exists.” Fortunately, that means we don’t have to worry about missing out as Game Pass extends to PCs as well as Xbox consoles. The same can’t be said for PS5 and Nintendo Switch players.
Before jumping to conclusions, it’s important to remember that we don’t know which games will be exclusive. Contractual obligations could mean the new Indiana Jones game will be released on PS5 without delay, but we’ll be keeping a close eye for more details as more information is announced.