February 25, 2024

As promised, Xbox offered the first details on MachineGames’ Indiana Jones project during its Developer Direct stream on Thursday. It also confirmed the game’s title — Indiana Jones and the Great Circle — and revealed that it’s coming to Xbox Series X/S, PC and Xbox Cloud Gaming later this year.

No prizes for those who guessed that it’s an action-adventure game that will see Indy try to stop some bad guys who are in pursuit of a mysterious power. The story takes place in 1937, between the events of Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade. The McGuffin powerful force in question is connected to something called The Great Circle — a perfect circle around the globe that links human-built ancient sites of “great spiritual significance.”

The first gameplay trailer shows Indy from a first-person perspective as he explores the pyramids of Egypt, traverses snowy mountain tops, sneaks around enemy strongholds and generally tries to stay alive in the face of mortal doom. He also uses his whip to trip up a bad guy (who lets out a Wilhelm scream in the process), punches some Nazis in the face and leaps from one airborne biplane to another.

In cutscenes and some platforming sequences, the camera will pull back to let you get a better look at the legendary archaeologist. The game uses Harrison Ford’s likeness, but video game stalwart Troy Baker provides the character’s voice.

It’s early days but MachineGames, with the help of Bethesda’s Todd Howard as executive producer, seems to have gotten the look, feel and sound of an Indiana Jones adventure just about right. We’ll find out just how well they’ve pulled off that tough task when the game comes out later this year, but Indiana Jones and the Great Circle has just become one of my most anticipated games.