An Indiana Jones game, made by Machinegames and executive produced by Todd Howard, is in development, according to a surprise teaser Bethesda Softworks tweeted Tuesday morning.
The teaser is light on details — such as a launch date or window, or platforms — but there’s no mistaking this is an Indiana Jones game. This year, Lucasfilm will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark’s premiere.
A follow-up tweet from Bethesda said Todd Howard, creative director of Bethesda Game Studios, would serve as executive producer for the untitled game. It will feature an original story, and isn’t an adaptation of an earlier one.
A new Indiana Jones game with an original story is in development from our studio, @MachineGames, and 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!— Bethesda (@bethesda) January 12, 2021
Despite the film series’ popularity, Indiana Jones video games have been hard to come by, outside of their Lego adaptations by Traveller’s Tales. The most recent was 2009’s Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings, for the Wii and PlayStation 2, with versions for the Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable.
The game had been planned for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and development was said to be at a fairly advanced stage in 2008, when Lucasarts abruptly canceled the project for those platforms.
On Monday, Lucasfilm announced that the Lucasfilm Games label would now accompany all video game adaptations of Lucasfilm properties, going forward. This would seem to be the first game going out with that branding.
MachineGames, owned by Bethesda Softworks, has made four adaptations of id Software’s Wolfenstein series, beginning with 2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order. Microsoft bought Bethesda parent ZeniMax Media in September.