It’s been a while since we’ve had a new triple-A Lord of the Rings game, but that will change on September 1, according to developer and publisher Daedalic Entertainment.
“Story-driven action-adventure game” The Lord of the Rings: Gollum Coming this fall on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. A Nintendo Switch version will be released later in the year. Announced in 2019, the game was initially slated for a 2021 release but was delayed to 2022, and this marks the first time we’ve got a firm date for it.
Based on a gameplay video released last year, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum seems to be a stealth game like Assassin’s Creed† Splinter Cellor Metal Gear Solid† Like it Assassin’s Creed, it 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 Ringas Frodo and his party of The Shire traveled east to Rivendell, Moria, and beyond.
Whether you’re a fan of the books, the movies, or any other iteration, one of the most interesting aspects of Gollum’s character has always been the internal conflict between Smeagol, the pathetic person who found the One Ring, and Gollum, the alter – ego whose corruption and malice is driven by the ring. It looks like this will happen in-game as well, with the player having to make choices between what Smeagol or Gollum wants. Those choices will, in the long run, change how the titular character’s story plays out.
The last triple-A video game set in Middle-earth was in 2017 Middle Earth: Shadow of Wara sequel to 2014 Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor† The two games in that series also drew a lot of inspiration from Assassin’s Creed, albeit more on the combat and open world side than the stealth side. But neither prominent characters from Under the spell of the Ring books, and some players felt they didn’t really reflect the spirit of Tolkien’s work.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum seems to be a bit of a wild card. Daedalic, the studio working on it, is best known for 2D, point-and-click adventure games and other smaller titles, not 3D stealth action games. And first impressions on gaming sites to a 20-minute gameplay demo shown behind closed doors last week seem mixed.
But we’ll all find out in September if this game recaptures that long-lost Under the spell of the Ring magic. Daedalic certainly seems to have high hopes for it – it’s launching the day before Amazon’s new, live-action Under the spell of the Ring prequel tv series premiere.
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