Another delay I am afraid, this time for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum which was meant to land in late 2021 but has now slipped to an unspecified date in 2022. The news came as NACON and Daedalic Entertainment announced joint publishing duties on the game.
“The two companies decided to join forces to ensure that the game will meet the expectations of fans of The Lord of the Rings and fully leverage the power of the new generation of consoles,” reads the press release, “The universe will be faithfully represented thanks to the partnership with Middle-earth Enterprises, the company that holds the adaptation rights to the novel series by J.R.R. Tolkien.”
The game was announced in 2019 but precious – see what I did there – little information has been released since then. We do know it is a story-driven action adventure in which you play as Gollum who is hunting the ring again. “Gollum is skillful and sly, but also torn by his split personality. It is up to you to decide whether the darker side of Gollum takes over or if there is a spark of reason left in what once was Sméagol,” say Daedalic Entertainment.
Dialogue will play a big role in the story, as you play out the inner conflict with a mini-game that presents to you the multiple sides of the character’s current thoughts and you have to decide which ones are Gollum or Smeagol. Not only that, but the options will fly around on the screen, potentially landing you in a spot of bother with an ill-timed outburst.
The game will have both familiar locations from the fantasy world, such as the Barad-Dur outskirt where war preparations are going on.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is coming to both current and next gen systems, so PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and quite surprisingly, Nintendo Switch as well.
Source: Press release