Todd Howard Claims He Originally Pitched The Indiana Jones Game To George Lucas In 2009
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2021 began with a pretty huge announcement - Bethesda is working on an Indiana Jones game and it's being developed by Machine Games, the team behind the Wolfenstein reboot series. It was a pretty shocking reveal, but according to Bethesda Game Studio's director Todd Howard, it's something he's had in the works since 2009,

In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Howard opened up slightly about the backstory behind the upcoming Indiana Jones game. According to Howard, he actually originally pitched it to the IPs creator George Lucas back in 2009, and has "been trying to find a way" to make it work since. He also added that he's "super excited" for the finished result, while also praising the developers at Machine Games on what they're creating.

"I think I originally pitched [to George] Lucas in 2009 and I’ve been trying to find a way to make that [since]. And I think the work Machine Games have done, they’re just phenomenal developers and storytellers. And when I started talking to them about it, it was a good fit. And we got to the opportunity to talk to Lucas and Disney about it and they were super excited.

"I really like Indiana Jones but never thought I’d have the opportunity to make a game. And you’ll hear about more of that in the future. But the team at Machine Games are the best team in the world to pull this game off and they’re doing a phenomenal job."

It's claimed that while development for the game is seemingly underway, it's still in the very, very early stages. With so many titles coming out of Bethesda Game Studios in the coming years (Starfield, Redfall, and The Elder Scrolls VI to name a few), we probably shouldn't expect to hear anything substantial for a while - but Howard seems very excited by what he's seeing, and we can't help but feel the same, too.

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