Bethesda Softworks and MachineGames, in partnership with Lucasfilm Games, have today officially revealed Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, a first-person, cinematic action-adventure game set between the events of Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade. The game is set for release later this year.
This single-player, narrative-driven journey “takes players to 1937 as sinister forces are searching for an ancient power. Taking on the role of Indiana Jones, players must master Indy’s whip and quick wits to unravel this menacing conspiracy in an epic, globetrotting adventure”, according to the press release.
“Indy’s trademark whip remains at the heart of his gear, and can be used to distract, disarm, attack enemies, and traverse the environment. Throughout the game, players will encounter a mix between a narrative-driven gaming experience and open-area maps. With gameplay full of adventure, immersive action, and intriguing puzzles, players can combine stealthy infiltration, first-person melee, and gunplay to sneak, fight, and puzzle their way through the enemy threat.”
The developers are aiming for a traditional Indiana Jones experience where his wits are just as important as his physical abilities, being able to think about different ways to tackle diverse environments and combat scenarios. While the game is in the first-person so that you can really feel like you’re in the shoes of great Indiana himself, the game shifts to a third-person perspective when it comes to traversal, allowing you to see your surroundings when navigating tricky areas.
It promises to be a classic Indiana story, capturing the cinematic feel of the franchise with an original score and physical production style with stunt actors being motion captured, which we also got a glimpse at. Gina, a new protagonist, is an investigative reporter with a personal stake in the story as well who pairs up with Indy on his adventure.
With the spirit of discovery well and truly present, complete with optional hidden puzzles and traps, Indiana Jones and the Great Circle could certainly scratch the explorer itch left by Tomb Raider and Uncharted.
Indiana Jones and the Great Circle is coming to Xbox Series X|S and PC via Xbox Game Pass later this year