LucasArts has plans for more Indy games!
Friday, February 25, 2005 - Gilles V
The March issue
of Game Informer Magazine contains a very interesting
interview with Jim Ward, the President of LucasArts
& Vice Pres. , Marketing & Distributing, Lucasfilm LTD.
Ward has announced that LucasArts will produce
more Indiana Jones games in the near future!
Magazine: LucasArts used to be known for
making really unique original properties like Day of the Tentacle,
fell back primarily on Star Wars products exclusively.
Are original games going to be a focus for the company?
three main goals. One is
to restimulate the Star Wars IP with high quality
games. Secondly, we're going to reinvigorate the Indiana Jones IP,
which has basically been stagnant for years. There's no reason that
Indiana Jones can't be a James Bond and have a year-in, year-out great
representation of that brand. And take advantage of the fact that, in
the next couple of years, there will be a new Indiana Jones movie. The
third leg of this is definitely new IP. There's a heritage built into
the DNA of LucasArts, and that's creativity and
innovation. We need to move beyond the IP that we have. We certainly
lost that. We lost that as the console console marketplace came into
being; it was very strong on the PC platform. Once the company missed
the adaptation of the console platforms, we've been in catch-up mode
ever since. But that's going to change."
This is great
news indeed! And Jim Ward not only says that they will make more
Indiana Jones games, he also mentions that the fourth Indiana Jones
film will come! I hope that this brings new hope to all the Indyfans
that no longer believe in Indy IV. And stay tuned for
more exciting Indy news!
Thanks to LucasForums and QueZTone at The
Raven for the news.
reveals plans for new Indy game
Friday, March 18,
2005 - Gilles V
Computer And Video Games.com reported that
a new Indiana Jones game may be heading to next-gen consoles and could
feature characters drawn from across the popular tomb-raiding movie
series. That according to questions posed by a market research survey.
(Could it be this
survey from past December?)
The survey, sent
anonymously to people around the world who have signed up to take part
in online market research, refers specifically to a new Indiana Jones
videogame and asks questions like 'Who are your favorite characters
from the Indiana Jones movies?'.
survey also asks questions about the James Bond
movies including inquiries about favorite films and characters. This
could suggest that plans are being made to draw together characters and
plotlines from all three Indiana Jones movies (and also the Young
Indiana Jones TV series, which is also mentioned in the survey) to
create an anachronistic Indy masterpiece, echoing the way EA's
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent
brought together some of the greatest Bond characters of all time
(though in a good way obviously).
posed questions about the Tomb Raider series, first
next-gen details of which we brought you yesterday, asking how
well-known the brand is and collecting opinions about the gameplay
style. In addition, the survey asked what kind of genre a new Indiana
Jones game should adhere to, offering choices as varied as RPG,
shooter, and even a Microsoft Flight Simulator-style
game. Is this evidence that a new Indiana Jones game could turn its
back on traditional third-person adventuring and adopt a new gameplay
news as LucasArts' president Jim Ward recently
spoke of plans to "reinvigorate the
Indiana Jones IP".
Visit Computer And Video Games.com to read the
full news message.
LucasArts announces new Indiana Jones game!
Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - Gilles V
announced at E3 today that they are working on a new
Indiana Jones video game set for release on next-generation consoles in
Expo – Los Angeles, CA – May 18, 2005 – LucasArts
revealed today that Indiana Jones® will once again don his famous
fedora with a new video game set for release on next-generation
consoles in 2007. The company also announced its intention to enter the
handheld gaming market, with a Sony PSP™ version of Star
Battlefront™ II set to join the
previously unveiled PlayStation®2
computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game
system from Microsoft and PC
versions this Fall. Also coming to the PC platform
are immersive online adventures in Star Wars Galaxies®:
Total Experience (May 24, 2005) and the power to command
galactic forces in Star Wars Empire at War™ (Spring
“As gaming consoles head into the next generation, so
too do our development teams,” said Jim Ward, President of LucasArts.
“Our teams are truly embracing the incredible
power of these systems, not only with amazing graphics but also, more
importantly, with unforgettable story-driven adventures starring
fascinating characters like Indiana Jones. At the same time, titles for
the revolutionary new handheld systems are something we know gamers
want, and we’re excited to enter this field.”
HAT AND WHIP
Powered by the next generation in console technology, Indy’s back and
better than ever! Created internally by LucasArts,
the yet-to-be-named Indiana Jones video game sends the iconic
archaeologist on his most epic adventure yet. In 2007, the strength of
the upcoming systems presents players with incredibly realistic,
detailed environments that will span the globe. They’ll experience an
interactive story unlike any that’s ever unfolded before them, as well
as a noticeable evolution in physics and artificial intelligence.
didn't give any more information than just the announcement but I'm
certain that we may expect more details soon. So stay tuned as TheRaider.net
will follow every step of the production on this new Indy game.
here to read LucasArt's Press Release on this
new Indy game.
look at the new Indiana Jones video game
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - Gilles V
IGN.com has a G4TV video
up on their website that shows a few areas of he new Indiana Jones
game, like China and Istanbul. We get to see is a camera floating
through some locations that we'll be able to explore in the new game.
These areas look stunning and very adventurous! Check out the video
titled G4TV E32005 Games of LucasArts here.
A big thanks to
Jack for letting me know!
talks more Indy gaming
Monday, July 18, 2005 - Gilles V
Paul Hyman from The Hollywood Reporter recently interviewed
LucasArts' President Jim
Ward about their future plans. Jim Ward admitted that they have made
too many Star Wars games in the past (about 7
different Star Wars titles a year) and that they will
take a step back on that franchise and produce more original game like
this year's Mercenaries and more Indiana Jones as
plans on reinvigorating its long-absent "Indiana Jones" franchise with
a not-yet-announced next-gen title scheduled for 2007 release.
"We've done 'Indiana Jones' games in the past -- on and
off -- but it hasn't necessarily been a concerted effort," Ward says. "In my
opinion, there's no reason why we shouldn't turn it into a franchise
and have an Indy game every year."
"Many people think of LucasArts as
being the 'Star Wars' company, and traditionally, I suppose, that's
been our heaviest SKU," he adds. "However,
the plan is absolutely to broaden our interactive gaming sphere with
our 'Indiana Jones' IP, and with a number of new intellectual
properties, most notably 'Mercenaries,' which we launched in January
and which is becoming a brand new franchise for us."
George Lucas have to say regarding the content of all these new
"George will tell you that he's no hardcore gamer,"
Ward. "And he's not one to say, hey, this
is exactly what such-and-such a game needs. But when you need to talk
to someone about story and character development, particularly when it
comes to 'Star Wars' and 'Indiana Jones' -- he's not a bad guy to go to."
Be sure to read
the full article at The Hollywood Reporter.
game will foreshadow events in Indy IV
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 - Gilles V
Globetechnology published an interview with
Peter Hirschman, vice-president of product development at LucasArts.
Hirschman spoke to @Play about LucasArts'
plans for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and other games.
In a nutshell,
Hirschman says that the new Indy game will get released in the same
year as Indiana Jones IV, which is 2007. Their new
game will be tied into the movie in the sense that they'll have
locations, scenes and characters that foreshadow events in Indy
long those lines, you've announced a new Indiana Jones games. Does that
mean the game will tie in with the long-awaited new Indiana Jones film?
Hirschman: Indiana Jones. Has there ever been a better
character suited to video games? I don't think so.
Indy games are things we're really excited about internally, and it's
great to see the reception the announcement's gotten here at the show.
It's really gratifying, actually. Our plan for the Indy game is to be
out in 2007 on next-gen consoles. The plan for the movie is to also
come out in 2007, pending script approval. I wish I could give you an
exclusive here, but everything you've read is true: they're waiting to
find just the right script. Indy is such a special character, and his
movies are held in such high regard that I think George and Steven
[Spielberg] and everyone involved only want to move forward if it's
something truly worth doing. That said, they're shooting for a 2007
going to be tied into the movie in the sense that we'll have locations,
scenes and characters that foreshadow events in the movie. But the
movie is going to be taking place chronologically in a later time
frame. We're doing an Indy adventure in the classic Raiders
timeframe of the late 30s. The Nazis are the bad guys, there's a race
against evil to get something that has the potential to change the
course of humankind. So we'll have a great tie-in to the film, but it
will be a brand new unique Indy adventure. And again, that great
combination of being able to go see the film, be excited and enjoy that
Indy experience, and then go home and be able to play in the Indy
universe, go on their adventure and shape Indy's destiny with their own
Read Globetechnology's full interview with Peter
Hirschman. A very interesting interview on the future of LucasArts!
making Raiders of the Lost Ark adventure game
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - Gilles V
Games, the independent makers of Maniac Mansion Deluxe
and The New Adventures of Zak McKracken, have
announced that they will make a freeware adventure game based on Raiders
the Lost Ark.
The game will have 320x200 resolution and it will feature an interface
identical to the classic adventure Indiana Jones and the Fate
Games website for more information.
Thanks to Pablo
Valdes for the news.
Fan made Raiders game project cancelled
Saturday, October 8, 2005 - Gilles V
Games, the independent makers of Maniac Mansion Deluxe
and The New Adventures of Zak McKracken, recently
announced that they were making a freeware adventure game based on Raiders
of the Lost Ark.
Today it looks like the freeware Raiders of the Lost Ark adventure
game won't be happening. Lucasfan Games their website
is closed. The only thing left is this vague message: "Recent events have forced us to shut down our web
appearance. We would like to thank all our fans and supporters who
believed in us and our dreams."
Thanks to Chris
Keller for letting me know.