The beloved character from J.R.R. Tolkein’s mythopoeic series is playing center stage in this narrative-based adventure game from Daedalic Entertainment. The Lord of the Rings: Gollum was announced in summer 2019 with the hopes of being released sometime in 2021. Unfortunately, Daedalic Entertainment has revealed that the game will be delayed to 2022 after creating a publishing partnership with Nacon. This is bad news for fans expecting to play the game this year but good news in that developers are pushing for a better-quality game experience.
According to Daedalic, the game aims to tell the story of Gollum “from a perspective never seen before, in any storytelling medium, all the while staying true to the legendary books of J.R.R. Tolkein.” Players should expect to recognize events from the books and the films while also exploring adventures tangential to the source material. Since the announcement and subsequent trailer reveal, there haven’t been many details revealed concerning the storyline other than the fact that the events of the game precede the Fellowship of the Ring.
It is possible that the gameplay will take us through Smeagol’s life before discovering the ring. We could be able to relive the moments when he murdered his relative Deagol at the River Anduin, when his mind became corrupted by the “precious,” when him and Bilbo Baggins played riddles in the dark, when the armies of Sauron tortured him into revealing where the ring was taken to, and when he met Shelob the giant spider in Cirith Ungol. However, the inclusion of these story beats in the game is only speculation at this point.
Daedalic was kind enough to release still footage of gameplay from The Lord of the Rings: Gollum and provide insight as to how you will play as the coughing creature. The look of the game sets a different tone than the previous Middle Earth games that molded itself after the appearance of the Peter Jackson films. Gollum himself appears slightly different from Andy Serkis’ CGI portrayal of the character, but still manages to share the qualities described by Tolkein.
The game gives you full control to pilot Gollum through different environments such as dark tunnels, grimy caverns, thick forestry, and city fortresses. Since Gollum isn’t the best in hand-to-hand combat outside of gnawing off fingers, the majority of the game will be spent sneaking around and carrying out stealth missions.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will serve as a stark contrast to the Middle Earth games from recent memory. Any fan of Tolkein’s legendarium should be excited to play as the titular character once the game finally comes out on PC and next-gen consoles in 2022.