Lord of the Rings: Gollum is coming!
A German video game company- Daedalic Entertainment– has confirmed the 2021 release of their upcoming action-adventure game, Lord of the Rings: Gollum. Previous genre-defining games from the successful company include a playable game adaptation of Ken Follett’s 1989 novel The Pillars of the Earth.
The narrative-focused game will focus on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Gollum/Smeagol character after he acquired the One Ring but before any events laid out in The Lord of the Rings.
Daedalic joined forces with Middle-Earth Enterprises – who own the rights to Tolken’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings – to create the game. This will be the first game produced as part of the deal, with more games expected in the future.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Daedalic CEO and co-founder Fichtelmann explained why Gollum makes the perfect protagonist:
“You already have that big conflict in the character, two voices talking to you continuously, which means there is a good reason there are decisions to make in the game: the Smeagol decisions or the Gollum decision,”
“Since this is a game about Gollum, if you imagine gameplay, stealth is the obvious choice as opposed to combat with a sword.”
Daedalic was able to secure a deal after “it was clear that the Tolkien estate looked for a company that was capable of doing something which is more story-orientated than some of the other products that came out over the last years.”
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will be available on PC and console.
The game will also be released in the same year as Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series.
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