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Jens Andersson, Game Director For Chronicles Of Riddick/The Darkness, Confirms New Lead Design Role For MachineGames’ Indiana Jones Project

Posted on December 1, 2022 by Nick Moreno

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When exploring the opportunities that MachineGames has offered, it is limited to a select number of releases. As you can guess, the team is a dedicated sector for Bethesda’s Wolfenstein IP releasing Wolfenstein: The New Order & Wolfenstein: The New Colossus. However, the team is now tackling a new project altogether.

In January 2021, MachineGames & Lucasfilm Games announced a new Indiana Jones project is underway which will tell a new tale of the classic Lucasfilm character. More interesting is that the title could explore the third-person, action-adventure passage unlike the expected first-person shooter aspect we expect from the developer. According to one comment from Windows Central’s Jez Corden, it is still planned to be multiplatform at launch despite the firm now being owned by Microsoft.

From a new statement issued to Video Game Chronicles, game director for Chronicles of Riddick and The Darkness Jens Andersson is to be helming a lead design role at MachineGames for the upcoming Indiana Jones project. “I’ve now taken the next big step, which is to join MachineGames as Design Director on Indiana Jones,” he shares to the outlet.

This is also redemption. When I accepted the offer to go to San Francisco in 2009, it was to lead the design on an Indiana Jones game, but that game got cancelled before I even got there. Now, I get a chance to do what I originally hoped to, but this time I get to do it with some of my oldest and best friends. Joining MachineGames is like coming home – amazing people I worked with during Riddick and Darkness, but also teeming with new ones, whose talent daily blow me away.

I’m so excited about what we are building, and the way we get to do it – featuring one of most iconic characters ever, in collaboration with my friends at Lucasfilm (hi Craig!), published by one the biggest publishers in the world, and doing it at an amazing studio like MachineGames. This will be something very special.

This is not the first instance this week that news surfaced surrounding MachineGames most hidden project. In an interview with todd Howard on the Lex Fridman Podcast, Howard who stands in as an executive producer elaborates on the direction of the game briefly. “If you like Indiana Jones, this is a definite love letter to Indiana Jones and everything with it.”

Howard in a follow-up statement after his initial comment shared this: “I would say it [Indiana Jones] is a mash-up; it is a unique- it isn’t one thing intentionally. So, it does a lot of different things that […] the people at MachineGames have wanted to do in a game.” What are your thoughts on the direction Indiana Jones is heading?

Source: Video Game Chronicles

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