See Lord of the Rings Gollum gameplay in new teaser

Daedalic Entertainment have given LOTR fans a new look at their upcoming adventure game, Lord of the Rings: Gollum. Launching in 2022 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, this latest adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work lets us see how events unfold in Middle-Earth’s Third Age through the eyes of its snivelling antagonist, Gollum.

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This latest trailer shows off snippets of gameplay as Gollum skulks his way around Mordor’s Dark Tower. It’s worth noting that Lord of the Rings Gollum isn’t directly influenced by the Peter Jackson films of the early 2000s even though Gollum does look and sound similar to Andy Serkis’s iconic portrayal of the character.

Where past games based on the Lord of the Rings license have typically focused on orc-slaying action (see Shadow of Mordor) or real-time warfare (we miss you, Battle for Middle-Earth II) Daedalic are taking a different approach: a story-driven adventure which leans on Gollum’s penchant for stealth and trickery. His split personality – a side effect from bearing the One Ring – also comes into play, influencing the decisions you will make as the game unfolds.

For more on Gollum, here’s a breakdown of what Daedalic are looking to achieve with their latest game:

Athletic and agile, sneaky and cunning. Driven by the desire to once again hold in his hands what he lost, Gollum is one of the most fascinating characters in the world of The Lord of the Rings™.

He has seen things that others can not imagine, he has survived things that others would not dare mention. Torn by his split personality, he can be vicious and villainous as Gollum, but social and cautious as Sméagol.

While being vital to the story by J.R.R. Tolkien, many parts of Gollum’s quest have not been told in detail yet. In The Lord of the Rings™: Gollum™ you get to experience this story. From his time as a slave below the Dark Tower to his stay with the Elves of Mirkwood.

Use stealth, agility and cunning to survive and overcome what lies ahead. Climb, leap and grapple your way past dangers or into advantageous spots.

While Gollum might not be a fighter, it is not unlike him to assassinate a careless enemy when the chance presents itself – or dispose of them in more creative and villainous ways.

The decisions you make and the way you play have a direct influence on Gollum’s personality: Always struggling between the two sides embodied by Gollum and Sméagol, 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. One mind, two egos – you decide!

Source: Press Release

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