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Indy Staff of Kings... on handheld? 30 Aug, 2008, 23:23 / 12 comments

At the beginning of this year, it was rumoured that a developer called A2M were working on a version of Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings for less powerful consoles (Wii, PS2, PSP and DS) much like how Krome Studios have done with The Force Unleashed. The rumour suggested that their version not only had a smoother development than the LucasArts version but that it was going to be released this year to coincide with the home video release of Indy IV.

It seems like this might actually happen, as the European ratings board PEGI have just rated the game for handhelds. It's possible that the Wii and PS2 versions will be released with the next-gen LucasArts version, but the handheld versions were deemed different enough to be released earlier.

Interestingly, they've been given a surprisingly high rating: 16+.

At the very least, this does confirm that the title Staff of Kings is correct. Now, why haven't LucasArts said anything? Even the Clone Wars games haven't been rated yet!

UPDATE: Well, well, well. Since this was spotted, several sites have starting discovering new info. Here's two things I don't think anyone's noticed:
1. A2M confirmed that they were working on an Indiana Jones title for LucasArts, so that rumour's true.
2. That PEGI page has REMOVED the rating for the PSP version of the game. It did seem odd, as the PSP version is likely very similar to the PS2 version, for that one to be released. The radically different DS version alone makes more sense.

Kotaku also have a few interesting points, such as the possibility that the Nazis will be once again Generic Soldiers. Oh, and we got quoted by TheRaider.net. Woo!

Comments

  • Jayel on 31 Aug, 2008, 18:51…
    Given the relatively decent track record of A2M games, I fully expect the handheld versions to be superior to the console ones...
  • The Tingler on 31 Aug, 2008, 19:23…
    They did the Iron Man game, btw...
  • Ascovel on 28 Aug, 2008, 19:34…
    But where is The Fate of Atlantis article (or rather compendium) you promised?
  • Gabez on 28 Aug, 2008, 19:35…
    The "LucasArt Secret History" series article? We advertised that it would be published in September.
  • Ascovel on 28 Aug, 2008, 19:51…
    Oh, sorry. I only remembered that it's supposed to be sometime soon.
  • Gabez on 28 Aug, 2008, 19:52…
    I'm glad you're looking forward to it. :)
  • Ascovel on 31 Aug, 2008, 10:13…
    It was my first adventure game ever, so I'll be happy to learn some new things about it, look at it from different angles etc.
  • clone2727 on 28 Aug, 2008, 17:35…
    AHA!!!!

    http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/54446
  • Udvarnoky on 28 Aug, 2008, 18:55…
    Holy hell, did I just see Shacknews refer to the handheld versions as "Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings, the action game"? Heh!

    I also wonder if they're right and Activision, not LucasArts, will be publishing these particular versions of the game.
  • The Tingler on 28 Aug, 2008, 19:58…
    Activision publishes all of LucasArts' games in Europe.
  • Udvarnoky on 28 Aug, 2008, 20:01…
    True, but doesn't Activision also sometimes exclusively publish Star Wars games in scenarios where LEC simply license the name out, like say some of those Star Wars gameboy games we don't cover? (Or is that only THQ?)
  • The Tingler on 28 Aug, 2008, 21:45…
    I don't think so, I thought those were Ubisoft or THQ.

    All I know is, Activision has always published LucasArts' games here in Europe (if you go to LEC's website and check out their International Europe contact page, it lists Activision as the number to contact), which is why on the PEGI site they're counted as the publisher.