While his last movie (or two) may have been a bust, Indian Jones is putting his best foot forward in the gaming world. Today, Bethesda released a trailer for Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, the upcoming video game that continues the exploits of the world’s greatest adventurer. This time, Indy is after a stolen artifact connected to a series of religious sites around the world. Teaming up with an Italian reporter named Gina Lombardi, Indy travels to the Himalayas, Vatican City, Egypt, and Thailand while battling the Nazis, led by Emmerich Voss. Veteran voice actor Troy Baker is the voice of Indiana Jones, with Alessandra Mastronardi as Gina Lombardi, Marios Gavrilis as Emmerich Voss, and Tony Todd as Locus. Indiana Jones and the Great Circle will be available on PC and Xbox Series X|S sometime in 2024, and you can see the trailer below:
Has everyone lost the ability to name an Indiana Jones adventure? First, there was The Dial of Destiny, and now it’s The Great Circle; they’re so dull and without danger or wonder. Aside from that, the game looks like a lot of fun. I think I’d rather it be third-person, but the first-person whipping seems cool, and apparently, there’s a big stealth component to it. The graphics look phenomenal, and Troy Baker replicates a young Harrison Ford’s voice as well as anyone this side of Anthony Ingruber. The story seems suitably globe-hopping, taking place between Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which is the right target era. Entertainment Weekly has quotes from some of the people involved in the game, and game designer Jerk Gustafsson says Indy “has separated from Marion… We know that he is sort of lost again after that. He is adrift.” This is the problem with the post-trilogy sequels bringing back Marion and turning the Indiana Jones saga into a love story: it keeps Indy from simply jumping into a new adventure with a new love interest like James Bond (who was one of the inspirations for the character). Now, Marion has to be mentioned or alluded to all the time, and they have to talk about a breakup, which halts the fun. I loved Marion in Raiders, but she should have been left in that one film. Regardless, the game itself looks great based on the trailer, and it would be gratifying if Indiana Jones could find new life in video games.