It’s been a while since we’ve had a new triple-A the Lord of the Rings game, but that will change on September 1, according to developer and publisher Daedalic Entertainment.
“Story-based action-adventure game” The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will be available this fall on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. A Nintendo Switch version will arrive later this year. Announced in 2019, the game was originally slated for a 2021 release, but it’s been delayed to 2022, and this is the first time we’ve had a firm date for it.
Based on a gameplay video released last year, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum seems like a stealth game like Assassin’s Creed, Burst cellor Solid metal gear. To like Assassin’s Creed, this will involve quite a bit of climbing and platforming. But unlike recent stealth games, it will be a linear affair rather than an open world. It follows the (mostly) untold story of Gollum’s activities during the book The Fellowship of the Ringwhen Frodo and company traveled from the Shire east to Rivendell, Moria and beyond.
Whether you’re a fan of the books, movies, or some other iteration, one of the most interesting aspects of Gollum’s character has always been the internal conflict between Smeagol, the pitiful individual who found the One Ring, and Gollum, the alter-ego whose corruption and wickedness are driven by the ring. It looks like this will also play out in-game, with the player having to make choices between what Smeagol or Gollum wants. These choices will change how the titular character’s story plays out in the long run.
The last triple-A video game set in Middle-earth was in 2017 Middle-earth: Shadow of Wara 2014 sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Both games in this series were also heavily inspired by Assassin’s Creed, although more on the combat and open world side than on the stealth side. But neither the prominent characters of The Lord of the Rings books, and some players felt they didn’t really reflect the spirit of Tolkien’s work.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum seems like a bit of a joker. Daedalic, the studio behind it, is best known for its 2D point-and-click adventure games and other smaller titles, not its 3D stealth action games. And first impressions on gaming sites of a 20-minute gameplay demo shown last week behind closed doors seem mixed.
But we’ll all find out in September if this game picks up that long lost The Lord of the Rings Magic. Daedalic certainly seems to have high hopes for it – it will launch the day before Amazon’s new live action The Lord of the Rings premiere of the prequel television series.
Announcement image by Daedalic Entertainment
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