January 22 LucasArts announced that it has formed a relationship with The Collective, a California-based developer. Via the new relationship, LucasArts and The Collective will bring Indiana Jones into the next-generation on both consoles and the PC.
"Similar to LucasArts' collaborations with other premier game studios, The Collective bring considerable technological and development expertise that, in this case, will greatly benefit one of our most important brands, Indiana Jones," said LucasArts' President, Simon Jeffery. "The Collective's efforts on the highly anticipated game Buffy The Vampire Slayer were a key component in determining this relationship. The two companies together will bring new and compelling elements to Indiana Jones that will ensure a deeply engaging and fun game play experience."
The Collective's vice president, Doug Hare commented, "My partners and I have admired LucasArts and their commitment to quality and innovation since the early 8-bit days and we are thrilled at this opportunity to bring Indiana Jones to life on next generation consoles and PC."
The companies promise that the new Jones adventure will treat gamers to the same exotic locales and historically relevant plotline. The new title will utilize The Collective's proprietary engine technology to bring both high-action fighting and thought-provoking puzzle elements to the gamers' fingertips.
The new game is due to be released in Fall 2002. LucasArts would not comment on what next-generation platforms the title would be arriving on, but said it would be more than one.