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Old 03-25-2006, 12:40 AM   #26
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Big news. Maybe.

If I'm right, you heard it from me, here, first. If I'm wrong, my name is John Doe and all rotten tomatoes should be thrown in the direction of Albequerque.

I have a family member who works in the video game industry, and she was invited to attend GDC, the Game Development Conference. If you folks know what E3 is, I'm told that it's similar to that.

LucasArts representatives were there, taking questions, and one of them let slip that the man himself, Harrison Ford, will be engaged in talks to play the voice of a younger Dr. Jones in an upcoming next generation video game. They do not want to use another sound alike, and are looking to make the game as "cinematic as possible while still remaining interactive." A major Hollywood writer will also be negotiated with to write the script for the game. How major, I don't know, but Indy probably won't be mumbling inane crap ("Huh... That branch looks whippable...") like he did in FOA, IM, and ET. I'd also say it's safe to speculate that the game will be an original story, not a direct narative of Indy IV. She also said something important was said about the music from Shadows of the Empire, but she didn't catch that part very well.

I'm told that more details may be released, officially, later this year, when LucasArts officially reveal its currently developing projects. Just to add a little more fuel to the fire, my relative and I speculate that said developing projects might include Knights of the Old Republic 3, Mercenaries 2, and will definitely include an Indiana Jones game. Teaser footage of the game was first revealed months ago, and I was told a while ago that the team developing the game survived massive layoffs at LucasArts entirely intact.

I have no way to prove any of this, and I totally understand other people being skeptical. I have called BS, righteously, on others in the past relating Harrison Ford's involvement with the franchise. For now, this is just to stir up some excitement for my fellow loyal Indy fans, but I would really hate if this turned out to be just more false hope. We've had plenty already. Theraider.net is my favorite Indiana Jones fansite, and it has been a great resource for hope that Indy IV will happen, so I wanted to share the news here first. This will be the first time Ford has officially played Jones since a brief part in the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, well over ten years ago. I'm stoked.
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Old 03-25-2006, 10:52 AM   #27
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"They do not want to use another sound alike"

That'd be GREAT! Cause that doofus in Emperors Tomb sounded awful!

But I'm not holding my breath... If Harrison Ford hasn't done any game acting yet, I'd be surprised if he started now, in his twilight years....
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Old 03-25-2006, 12:08 PM   #28
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You know, the rumor mill just goes crazy around these parts of the year. People are willing to say anything about their games and companies to get public interest stirred. And it's possible that my relative misinterpreted a generic response, or even just misheard it. But the reason that I actually have, for lack of a better word, faith that the rumor about Ford is probably true is because:

1. When the Disneyland ride was being worked on, Ford was in negotiations to do voice work, commercials, and footage clips to play Indiana Jones.
2. Ford has expressed that he's wanted to replay Indiana Jones many, many times over the years.
3. Voice acting for a video game is *much* less demanding and time consuming than physically acting.
4. SEAN CONNERY. The recently released "From Russia with Love" game for X-Box, Playstation 2 and GameCube featured original voice acting from Sean Connery, playing himself as a much younger James Bond. If Connery played a 30 year old Bond in a videogame, I'm sure Ford would have no qualms with playing a 20-40 year old Indiana. Especially if they get the money and schedule right, which I'm sure they will. I mean, how much is two or three days of Harrison Ford's time worth?
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Old 03-26-2006, 06:21 PM   #29
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I liked the voice actor for Emperor's Tomb. I thought He did a great job. Way better than the guy from Infernal Machine. Of course having Harrison Ford do the voice would be even better.
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Old 03-27-2006, 10:12 AM   #30
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...which is kinda ironic as the guy who was so lousy in IM was superb in FoA.
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Old 03-27-2006, 01:51 PM   #31
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I haven't played Fate of Atlantis. So I can't comment on how the voice acting was like in that game. I do think David Esch (Tomb) sounds a lot more like Ford than Doug Lee (FOA and IM).
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Old 03-28-2006, 09:24 PM   #32
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The new Indy game will be officially unveiled at E3 next month.
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Old 03-29-2006, 12:03 AM   #33
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The new Indy game will be officially unveiled at E3 next month.

That's great news. I hope they have some solid footage and gameplay available, as well as a release date or something similar to give us an idea of how they are doing. I can't wait to hear more.
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Old 03-29-2006, 05:37 AM   #34
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That's great news. I hope they have some solid footage and gameplay available, as well as a release date or something similar to give us an idea of how they are doing. I can't wait to hear more.
Yeah expect to see an array of screenshots, story info, title, release date, and some awsome video footage of Dr.Jones in action.
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Old 03-29-2006, 03:47 PM   #35
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release date
In E3? Since when?
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Old 03-29-2006, 04:24 PM   #36
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Hey San, just curious...where did you read that??? I would like to check out the link if you have it. Let us know.
courtesy of theindyexperience.com
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Old 03-29-2006, 06:22 PM   #37
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I like to see Fate of Atlantis for Ps3! The graphics would look so real!
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Old 03-29-2006, 07:01 PM   #38
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Are they planning to release it this year or are they going to wait? I read earlier that it was supposed to come out at the end of this year but I know that they originally planned it for 2007 to coincide with the release of Indy IV. Does anyone know for sure?
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Old 03-29-2006, 10:37 PM   #39
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It would be great if Harrison Ford did the voice of Indy for this new game. It would wet my beak a little more in anticipation for Indiana Jones IV.
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Old 03-30-2006, 12:11 AM   #40
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It would be great if Harrison Ford did the voice of Indy for this new game. It would wet my beak a little more in anticipation for Indiana Jones IV.


I agree. EA has done a great job with the James Bond games and they were even able to get Pierce Brosnan and Sean Connery to do voices for the games, which made them even better. I'd like to see LucasArts take this route sometime. Just once I'd like to see Harrison lend his voice to an Indy game and I know he could do a great job.
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Old 03-30-2006, 03:00 AM   #41
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Are they planning to release it this year or are they going to wait? I read earlier that it was supposed to come out at the end of this year but I know that they originally planned it for 2007 to coincide with the release of Indy IV. Does anyone know for sure?

I don't know ANYTHING for sure, but if LucasArts does their normal routine, then yeah, this is very likely going to be a 2007 release. I don't think they've even made it public knowledge if the team developing the game is entirely in house, or if they're working with another company to make aspects of the game like they've done with Pandemic and Factor Five. Over the years, LucasArts has become less and less of a game developer and more and more of a game publisher. So knowing that will definitely make their schedule easier to guess at.

What was shown last year of the Indiana Jones game was also super early, probably running on beta pre-release next generation hardware like the X-Box Next dev kit that circulated for about a year until six months before the 360's launch. So what we've already seen of the game probably doesn't exist any more. Seeing how they've rebuilt is going to also be very telling - whether this game is going to focus on beautiful graphics, or freedom of movement in an open environment, or just complicated level and puzzle design.

Ah. I can't wait for E3. LucasArts is going to have all sorts of nifty new surprises for us.
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Old 03-30-2006, 03:36 AM   #42
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It would be sad not to hear Doug Lee again and instead get a bored voice of Ford thinking "Hey, a whole film's wage for sitting and talking for three hours", only so that the publisher can advertise "Hey, HEY! This game has a disembodied Harrison Ford in it! Hey! HARRISON FORD! Buy it, schmuck! Harrison Ford! Buy the Special (TM) Collector's (TM) Limited (TM) Edition (TM), too!".

The whole current buzz around the game - they don't even have a vague draft of a treatment yet, but they're already assuring "big Hollywood presence" - seems to indicate that it will be treated as a shiny publicity gimmick, with such matters as a story relegated to the "Who Cares" section...

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Old 03-30-2006, 11:22 AM   #43
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Doug Lee wasn't Indy's voice in ET, David Esch was. Lee was in FoA and IM. Read the previous posts.
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Old 03-30-2006, 01:12 PM   #44
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The one thing that does disappoint me is the fact that it will probably be on the next-generation systems. I was hoping they would release it for the PS2 as well because I really don't want to spend $300 on a new system just to play the game. I'm sure it would be worth it but I'll also be moving out into the college dorms later this year and I doubt I'll have the time or space to hook something like that up.

I was really hoping that the current systems would get one last Indy game.
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Old 04-06-2006, 02:48 AM   #45
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The official word from LucasArts is both that it's "NextGen" and "platform to be announced," according to their early E3 information. There may still yet be hope for a version with crappy graphics gracing your inferior pile of Sony technology.

Seriously, though, I can NOT wait for E3. I think I've been more excited about the video games than I've been for the movies. Just a few more weeks...
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Old 04-06-2006, 01:59 PM   #46
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The official word from LucasArts is both that it's "NextGen" and "platform to be announced," according to their early E3 information. There may still yet be hope for a version with crappy graphics gracing your inferior pile of Sony technology.

Seriously, though, I can NOT wait for E3. I think I've been more excited about the video games than I've been for the movies. Just a few more weeks...

Hey, at this point I'd just like to see them start releasing Indy games on Nintendo platforms too. I bought a PS2 to play games like Emperor's Tomb and Battlefront because the Gamecube kept getting overlooked, so now I own both systems. I think I'll wait and see what systems this game is released for before I make a decision.

Nevertheless, I'm very excited to see what they come up with this year.
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Old 04-06-2006, 04:43 PM   #47
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Gamecube kept getting overlooked

Video stores neglect it more than the publishers do. They carry one of each title (if all the titles) whereas the XBOX has a couple and the PS2 even more than that. They also choose to stock PSP games, but where are all the DS games at? I'd like a Revolution, but I know it'll get overlooked. I'll probably get an X360 eventually after a couple price drops.
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Old 04-08-2006, 01:12 AM   #48
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Video stores neglect it more than the publishers do. They carry one of each title (if all the titles) whereas the XBOX has a couple and the PS2 even more than that. They also choose to stock PSP games, but where are all the DS games at? I'd like a Revolution, but I know it'll get overlooked. I'll probably get an X360 eventually after a couple price drops.

Actually, most of Revolution's games will be distributed by download onto a hard drive, if I understand correctly. Game stores are getting entirely cut out of the deal. That will make for less expensive games that are more easily available to the public. I could be wrong, I haven't looked into the Rev in a couple months.
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Old 04-08-2006, 02:36 PM   #49
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Actually, most of Revolution's games will be distributed by download onto a hard drive, if I understand correctly. Game stores are getting entirely cut out of the deal. That will make for less expensive games that are more easily available to the public. I could be wrong, I haven't looked into the Rev in a couple months.

The Revolution will provide an online service that allows you to download past NES, SNES, and N64 games. It will also be backward-compatiable with Gamecube discs.

I think the entire idea is very exciting and I can't wait to learn more about it.
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Old 04-09-2006, 10:12 AM   #50
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Maybe I'll start working on my petition again soon, if we don't get any official word about it.
2003 to 2006 or 2007 is just too long.
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