Bethesda will be publishing a new Indiana Jones game “with an original story” in collaboration with Wolfenstein: The New Order developers Machine Games, the publisher announced today via Twitter. Todd Howard, best known for his directing work on Skyrim and Fallout 4, will serve as executive producer for the title.
Bethesda said it will be “some time” before more details are available. For the time being, the company shared a 30-second teaser video featuring the opening notes of John Williams’ Raiders March and a ticking clock over a pan across a cluttered desk. The teaser culminates with an unseen hand picking up Indy’s trademark hat to reveal a coiled whip.
— Bethesda (@bethesda) January 12, 2021
The history of Indiana Jones video games goes back to an Atari 2600 release in 1982 and includes two well-remembered SCUMM engine adventure games from the late ’80s and early ’90s. More recently, the franchise has faced a relative drought in the video game realm since the release of Lego Indiana Jones 2 in 2009.
The announcement comes just one day after Disney announced the relaunch of the Lucasfilm Games brand as an umbrella covering licensed game versions of its movie franchises. Electronic Arts still has the exclusive rights to games based on the Star Wars universe as part of a multiyear licensing deal signed in 2013.
An as-yet-untitled fifth Indiana Jones film is currently slated for a 2022 release.