PS3, 360 Indiana Jones hanging up hat?

Source: A brief news bulletin on game-info site IGN. What we heard: Remember the last time LucasArts showed its Xbox 360 and PlayStation Indiana Jones game to the public? No? That's probably because it was more than two and a half years ago when the first--and to date, only--trailer for the...

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Source: A brief news bulletin on game-info site IGN.

What we heard: Remember the last time LucasArts showed its Xbox 360 and PlayStation Indiana Jones game to the public? No? That's probably because it was more than two and a half years ago when the first--and to date, only--trailer for the then-"next-generation" console game was released to the public. The previous several months had been filled with announcements about the film tie-in and its cutting-edge technology, particularly its graphics and use of NaturalMotion's Euphoria middleware to mimic human behavior.

However, since August 2006, the Indiana Jones game has been tucked away inside LucasArts like the Ark of the Covenant in a Defense Department warehouse. This week, though, saw news of the game surface--or news of its demise, anyway. Citing "multiple sources inside and outside of LucasArts," IGN's brief snippet says that the Indiana Jones adventure has been straight-up canceled, with its development team being broken up and spread around to other projects. No reason for the purported cancellation has been given.

The official story: LucasArts had not responded to GameSpot's requests for comment as of press time. However, the San Francisco-based publisher offered game blog Joystiq the following statement: "LucasArts remains absolutely committed to the Indiana Jones franchise. While we are aware that fans have been eagerly awaiting additional information on the upcoming game, they can rest assured that details are forthcoming."

Bogus or not bogus?: Not enough to go on. On one hand, when a game is not seen such for a long period, it's often a sign that it isn't presentable to the public. However, the studio just enjoyed its biggest success in years with The Force Unleashed, which sold 1.5 million copies worldwide in its first week on sale.

However, with all-new IP Fracture dead on arrival critically and commercially, the publisher needs its filmic sibling LucasFilm's properties, which are so etched in the global psyche that they're effectively critic-proof. Case in point: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which overcame poor reviews from high-profile outlets to become 2008's third-highest-grossing film. LucasArts would likely nuke as many refrigerators as it needs to get a piece of Skull's $317 million box-office pie.

Discussion

149 comments
Dima_06
Dima_06

I also realize that Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings recently came out on the Wii, but not on the 360 or the PS3. Honestly, I don't count that game as next gen.

Dima_06
Dima_06

WTF! This game looked very promising. Yes, I know that I am commenting on a canceled game, but this was the title I was really waiting for. Damn Lucas Arts and their plans; now we'll not see a new next-gen Indy game for a long time.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

wow, people are still commenting on this old article? This game is dead. Let it die in peace.

solidsnakedude1
solidsnakedude1

@archeologist32 did you read the article? were not sure

isteponkittens
isteponkittens

"staff of kings" is this game only scaled down for portable systems. exactly how much it's been scaled down is still a mystery, because the original PS3 game was in production as early as 2005. it's possible that P3S/360 version of this game just didn't look good enough for 2009 standards. (a 2005 game just can't compete graphically anymore) as much as i would like to see it, i really doubt that lucasarts is ever going to release a title on the PS3 over a year after it surfaced in a smaller, lamer version on portables; that's just unheard of for such a big IP. if we do ever see a big budget indiana jones game again, it will not be this game, but some new project. actually, this would be at least the second time LA did this with an indiana jones title, the first being "Indiana Jones and the Iron Phoenix," which was supposed to be a sequel to "The Fate of Atlantis." It was cancelled when LA realized that they couldn't sell a game with nazi imagery in Germany (by law). In any case, you can find out more about that old game by searching for it online (and read the comic adaptation of it if you care) But IMHO, we will never see the "unnamed indiana jones" game on the PS3/360 because it IS the "staff of kings," but it was delayed so much that it got cancelled. (effectively)

unbentonslaught
unbentonslaught

Did anybody notice that in that trailer the so called "realistic" enemy reactions looked no better than your average rag doll? And why did they cancel this?

Archeologist32
Archeologist32

are they making it or not? someone tell me please.

Sub-Hero
Sub-Hero

If your a fan you can deal with it einLurch... I was pissed when this was cancelled but Who Cares we have plenty of good games out.

EinLurch
EinLurch

dude that's not the game they're talking about. what you see now on the lucasarts page is a cheap game for ps2, psp and wii (and nintendo ds... WTF?!) to rip off people. the trailer there is just to fool you, its NOT ingame. look at the sh*tty screenshots... lucasarts just milks all the fanboys with low quality stuff instead of making good games like this might have been or like the fantastic unforgettable old adventures were! if you want them to make finally a good game (first since 15 years or something) do NOT buy their sh*t.

bobbychez
bobbychez

Not sure if anyone else noticed it, but on the Nintendo Channel on my Wii it has a recently posted movie for "Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings" coming in Spring 2009 so y'all may want to check it out. Lucasarts' website has also been updated with it. However, it does not seem to be for the 360 anymore.

shadowfox417
shadowfox417

What ever happened to this... I was jacked for this like a year ago when they announced it in game informer and now... What is Lucas Arts doing? They have had tome to start, finish and sell a Star Wars game in the time since this one has been announced.

Robshearon
Robshearon

Not seeing something means nothing it could just be buggy as hell or they just wanted to give TFU time to sell as much as it possibly can before announcing anything new.

xayias
xayias

It looks like u just fight guys in a urban area, not really indy to me? they could of at least showed some actually exploring into a temple or being chased by rocks or something. they should of just called Lego Indiana Jones just Indiana Jones the game to save them time and money if this is being released. any way im much more worried about SWBF3!!!!!

soranobody
soranobody

Listen we havent seen any footage in a long time it is defintley Cancled

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

Ahh man seriously?! I want that new Indiana Jones game (wasn't it called Indiana Jones 2007?)

tu2pac
tu2pac

Looks terrible. They scrapped it for good reason. Imagine if Indiana Jones came out looking like that the same time Uncharted II did .... ouch. If you have not played Uncharted yet (for what ever reason) do it soon.

mankeyador
mankeyador

maybe it's just me but the animation looked kind of stiff, but some nice physics.

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

Well, its argueably one of the worst trailers ever, if you're going to announce a new game, dont make me wait a whole minut watching something that has NOTHING TO DO with the game. Show us the (then) next gen physics engine damnit!!! And in this post-Crysis and MGS4 world, that looked cool, but not ground breaking.

thestickman
thestickman

This one looked much better to me than Force Unleashed did, so I hope it makes its way around eventually :/

necronaux
necronaux

Yep. They waited too long to release anything. Look how poorly the newest Tomb Raider game did. Unless, there's another movie coming out? "Indiana Jones: Hey You Kids, Get Off My Lawn!"

lewser5
lewser5

I love the indy character and wouldn't mind a new game, but if it sucks badly then i can do without it.

XanderZane
XanderZane

Game will probably be delayed until the next Indiana Jones movie. Yes, there will be another one. Originally there was suppose to be 5 films anyway, but Lucas/Spielberg got tied up in other projects and so did Harrison Ford. Every time they wanted to do it, either the script wasn't right or one of the 3 were working on another film. Harrison Ford already said he will do another if Lucas/Spielberg want him to. He loves the character and the action. So they may have canned the last IJ game, but are probably working on a new one to tie in with the new movie.

joanhm
joanhm

if you really think about the reson for LucasArts not bringing out this Game? One word, ( UNCHARTED 2 ). It basically is the modern day Indiana Jones. Its got the one-liners, the action and the story line to grip a todays gamer needs. Its a shame Lucus is serrounded by yes men/ women, because! his first films inspired me to get into si-fi art work. and any one with any imagination, can tell,, with the last products released. its like a dog thats lost its bone. Am just saying, if I worked in a company of this size, and had the chance to talk to Mr Star Wars, him self. I Know I would have the balls " Job of no jobs " to say. George! now you know this here is a crock of SH%T,and its goner take more than bleech to wash that out of the mind of a real fan. Now how about looking out for the people who made rich. you know! the ones that told there kids, who then told there!!! you know what am saying. George!!!! just fu%king wakeup. theres no excuses for al of it.

RonRicoSalsa
RonRicoSalsa

They probably lost all motivation to continue the game after watching the piece of crap Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

mrvercetti91
mrvercetti91

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naughtz
naughtz

wow i remember when i first saw these yrs ago and thought it looked good. how times change

TheClown24
TheClown24

yeah id love battlefront 3, but this indiana jones game does look quite good. Would be a shame to see it go

Generalmojo
Generalmojo

Listen to all the gamers Lucas Arts!!! Give us Battlefront 3!!!!

springfieldA1
springfieldA1

that clip was most likely pre-alpha and ruff and it was 2 and a half years ago so don't be so critical I remeber that clip when it came out and I am still excited about it and probably has sence been updated to todays standards and I don't know about anyone else I would like to see this game come out but then again I love indiana jones series so I may be biased sorry.

tu2pac
tu2pac

The game footage looks horrible ... good call I say.

swamptick
swamptick

Not a big suprise. I just hope Lucasarts gives us another Battlefront game.

squarejp
squarejp

I don't see the advantage of Euphoria over regular Rag Doll physics. The animation is kind of stiff too. I guess it's even worse than Star Wars The Force Unleashed

jcasanova
jcasanova

Lucasarts should do more Starfighter games!!

jawshoeuh
jawshoeuh

dude that is the most annoying trailer ever. seriously someone shut that announcer the hell up. my god who gave that thing the ok?

ace244
ace244

They should make new movie called "indiana jones and the search for Jesus" it would mark his spiritual awakening. his son would be disgusted with his fathers change of heart and leave on adventures. then in the next movie harrison ford would play the same role as sean connery did in indiana jones 3

Ash2X
Ash2X

I´ve already heard that it´s coming.They read the news too and promised it to be released but didn´t gave a date.

OfficialBed
OfficialBed

it would be for a change from star wars

claykenobi
claykenobi

I was very excited about this game too! I wondered what had happened to it. It's disappointing that there hasn't really been a good Indy game even though Lucas arts could easily pull it off if they were more dedicated. What would be great is if GL himself created an original story like he did in unleashed.

Gamingcucumber
Gamingcucumber

I really hope Lucasarts won't cancel it. I mean it's the only non Star Wars game they have been making in YEARS. I'm sick and tired of them and I want to see something new, a great Indiana Jones game would be absolutely awesome.

aBathingApe_
aBathingApe_

Bogus. They would be silly not to bring out this title, as regardless of whether or not Fracture sold well, this would sell just because of the name printed on it. Similar to how the Force Unleashed sold 1.5M copies within week one, this would do the same, just because of its sheer appeal to those with consoles who enjoy the films. I would probably play the game if it came out. Provided its release is planned strategically so that it does not conflict with other major releases like Resident Evil 5 or Call of Duty 6, Indy would've done fine in a gaming market.

Lostboy1224
Lostboy1224

Its an alien conspiracy that is stopping the new Indie Jones game to come out. We are through the looking glass people!!!!!!

doc18
doc18

the trailer for the new indiana jones looks great, and the whole idea of never two same reactions looks brilliant. However seeing as it hasn't surfaced for ages, either all this development of bioware technology has been done for nothing as the game isn't going to be released... Or the game's been put on hold for another upcoming game, or had been, likee star wars force unleashed 2 ... *sigh* I don't have anything against star wars, but the games seem to be all lucas arts release now

daveg1
daveg1

its all a bit old now..this should have been out ages ago booo la..