Daedalic Entertainment announced The Lord of the Rings: Gollum back in March 2019 with a promise to release it in 2021. This would not come to pass. Instead, it would receive several delays, the first of which would push it from 2021 to 2022 and the second would mark September 1st as the game's official release. However, in July 2022, Daedalic conceded that they would miss that deadline too and decided to push it into 2023. Today, the developer and co-producers announced that it will be pushed back even further and revealed that it will release sometime between April and September.
“During the past several years, the team has been working hard to share our vision of a remarkable story, set in a breathtaking world, filled with magic and wonder. We are dedicated to meeting our community’s expectations and uncovering the untold story of Gollum in a way that honors the vision of J.R.R. Tolkien. That being said, in order to deliver the best possible experience, we have decided to push the release of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum by a few months. We’ll update with an exact timing in the near future.”
The next adventure in Middle Earth will unfold alongside the events of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and will follow Gollum in his unrelenting hunt for the One Ring. There has been speculation that it could bridge the gap between the Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, an artistic license afforded by Gollum's unnatural old age gifted to him by the One Ring. It appears as though it's a short slice of Gollum's life as opposed to an origin story that tells his full tale. Whilst this would be extremely difficult to execute, it is somewhat of a missed opportunity.
"The Lord of the Rings: Gollum™ is a story-driven action adventure. Take on a perilous journey as Gollum, chasing the only thing that is precious to him. Gollum is skilful and cunning, but also torn by his split personality. One mind, two egos – you decide!"
Gollum's leading debut is being developed by a studio that has flown under the radar during its tenure in gaming, Daedalic Entertainment. They are best known for State of Mind, Silence and The Long Journey Home. This project marks a monumental shift in expectation for the company as Tolkein's Middle Earth is so famous and beloved. Despite its legendary source material though, Daedalic doesn't have the resources that Monolith Studios (Creators of Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor) have at their disposal so the production quality may leave much to be desired. As long as they get Gollum right, nought much should matter!
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will release on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S sometime between April and September 2023.
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