Lord of the Rings: Gollum is Coming to Xbox Series X and PS5

Lord of the Rings: Gollum is Coming to Xbox Series X and PS5

Daedalic Entertainment is developing a new game set in Middle-Earth with Gollum as the protagonist. It will launch sometime in 2021.

Confirmed by Germany-based developer Daedalic Entertainment, Lord of the Rings: Gollum will be coming to next-gen consoles Xbox Series X and PS5, as well as PC, when it launches in 2021. Yes, you will have to wait a year or so to play this precious Tolkein-inspired game.

From the February 2020 issue of Edge magazine (via IGN), which Lord of the Rings: Gollum is featured on the cover, reveals new details for the upcoming game. In terms of the basics, it will be an action-adventure game that will favor stealthy gameplay, as opposed to the more action-oriented gameplay from the lauded Shadow of Mordor games. There will also be a dual-personality mechanic that will have you make some tough choices that will affect how the story ends.

“You will have maybe two, three or four conflicts per chapter that lead to a final decision point,” says game designer Martin Wilkes. “And at this final decision point, it will be harder to pick Smégol, for example, if you’ve always fought for the Gollum side before.”

It also seems Daedalic Entertainment is steering away from Peter Jackson’s interpretation of Lord of the Rings and its characters. “Tolkien didn’t give a size reference for Gollum to begin with,” says art director Mathias Fischer. “So, in the first illustrations, he’s gigantic! He’s like a monster emerging from the swamp.”

This will not be the last Lord of the Rings game Daedalic Entertainment makes. The studio’s CEO Casten Fichtelmann said they have a contract with the goal of making two or three games. While it will most certainly not be “Gollum 2,” Fichtelmann says it will be “comparable” to their upcoming experience.

It is so wild to see that out of all the characters from Tolkien’s tales of Middle-Earth, Gollum is the one that gets a video game. Not that Gollum is a bad character, but he would not have been my first pick. But hey, by all means, create an original story. It seems to have worked well for other entertainment properties, so why not this one?