We might have gotten wind of a new Indiana Jones game from publisher Bethesda and developer MachineGames when it was teased back in 2021. But thanks to yesterday’s Xbox Developer Direct 2024 conference, we now have our first gameplay trailer, highlighting Indy’s iconic look and multiple gameplay perspectives.
Titled Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, this new adventure will be set between Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade, and delve into the Great Circle, an age-old mystery in which all of the world’s ancient landmarks are aligned in one big circle around the globe.
The story was crafted in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games and executive produced by Bethesda Game Studios’ Todd Howard. Interestingly enough though, MachineGames’ previous work on multiple Wolfenstein games had immediately sparked rumours that this game would be played in first-person. This new trailer has proven those rumours correct.
The newest trailer showed off a globetrotting adventure, featuring the likes of some old allies like Marcus Brody, and some familiar enemies who are inevitably racing to unravel the mystery first. You’ll whip, swing, punch and shoot your way through multiple levels and locations, while the game seems set on having you solve a number of unique puzzles too. It’s certainly in line with what we have come to expect from the grizzled archeologist, who will also be voiced by popular voice actor, Troy Baker.
We admittedly can’t pinpoint how this third-person view will be incorporated, as reports state the game will be played in both first and third-person. Snippets of that latter perspective are shown off in the trailer, but as most of the footage is in first-person, it’s unclear if you’ll be able to switch between the two at any given time, like in previous Bethesda games, or if you’ll be jumping between the two depending on the set piece and scenario.
Thankfully, we also got a release window for the game, being 2024, which is admittedly a surprise. While we expect a specific date later in the year, we can only image it will drop in the last quarter. It’s also evident that Xbox and Microsoft’s numerous acquisitions over the past couple years will now be taking shape, with Indy’s next adventure remaining an exclusive to Xbox Series X/S and Windows PC. It will also join Xbox Game Pass on day one, which is honestly a huge win.
We’ll be sure to unwrap and discuss more news on Indiana Jones and the Great Circle as it breaks.