The Lord of the Rings series, however, is one that has endured through the ages. Despite being published in the early 2000s, J.R.R. Tolkien’s book of the same name has inspired a huge film franchise that is still quite current.
Although the series has generated some beloved characters, none are as well-known as Gollum. The good news is that a new game based on Gollum is in development, which is great for both franchise lovers and gamers. So let us watch the video now to understand more about the upcoming game without further ado.
WHAT DO WE KNOW SO FAR ABOUT GOLLUM
The action-adventure game The Lord of the Rings: Gollum was unveiled in March 2019 by Daedalic Entertainment, a German studio well known for its point-and-click adventures. To work on this project, Daedalic signed a contract with Middle-earth Enterprises. Therefore, the game would be based on the books rather than the movies. Although the studio has been quite discreet about the game, details about Gollum have begun to surface.
It is for sure: Gollum intends to be a distinctive, compelling adventure unlike any prior Lord of the Rings game, from the characters to the graphic style to the gaming mechanics. Gollum’s character design would differ from that of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit movie trilogies, senior producer Kai Fiebig announced on January 6, 2020. The team has a different rendition of the character in mind, and Wayne Forester will voice it. The theme of the game is stealth.
The game will emphasize player choice by allowing them to select between the “Gollum decision” and the “Smeagol decision” in a system. The former is usually darker, whereas the latter is nobler. Although Gollum can scale walls and strike adversaries from above, he is not well-suited for close-quarters combat. Release platforms for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum include the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series S & X, and PC.
FROM WHERE DOES THE GAME DRAW ITS PLOT
Players assume the role of the namesake Gollum as the ring seizes control of him and drives him farther into madness. According to Daedalic, the game is set before the events of The Lord of the Rings and will take place in the years after Gollum obtains the one ring. The action of the game will begin in the stronghold of Mordor, Barad-Dur, where the Gollum is being held against his choice.
We watched Gollum in Barad-Dur as he attempted to get to a gate and escape the tower once and for all in the first gameplay peek from the developers. According to the studio, the game will venture outside of Mordor to other Middle-earth regions, including the elves’ home, where we’ll encounter a number of Lord of the Rings characters. The first official trailer showcasing the gameplay showed Gollum traversing through woods, dungeons, and tunnel systems while fighting his inner torments.
While all of these settings are attractive enough, they reveal nothing about the exact areas of the realm that will be visited. The majority of the clip shows Gollum using the game’s stealth features to hide from these nasty creatures. An elf who seems to be the Elf Princess, Arwen, Aragorn’s major lady love, as well as Gandalf the Grey, make brief appearances. The teaser also includes a large number of Orcs, Shelob the enormous spider, and Ringwraiths, some of which are shown flying on their Fell beasts.
King Thranduil, who is Legolas’ father, and the Nazgul will both appear in the game in some capacity. We also had a brief encounter with the elf king in Mirkwood. Gollum is an action-adventure game that emphasizes stealth features, in contrast to other Lord of the Rings games, which leaned toward fantasy concepts or concentrated on battle. Players must navigate the challenging terrain of Mordor while outwitting Ringwraiths and Orcs rather than engaging in direct combat with the creatures that are unquestionably more powerful.
Moving from the cover of one bush to another to escape discovery, hiding behind surroundings, and throwing boulders to draw Orcs’ attention away from Gollum are some of the stealth techniques demonstrated in the teaser. The dual personalities of Smeagol and Gollum, in addition to the stealth gameplay, will be essential to the story of the game, with the plot being affected by which personality players pick.
The attention paid to incorporating the multiple personas does suggest the degree of care that has gone into developing this personality for a game layout, even though the studio has not provided enough details about how the storytelling mechanism would function.
Spending more time demonstrating to viewers how Smeagol transformed into Gollum after discovering The One Ring is one of the significant chances Lord of the Rings: Gollum offers. Only a brief flashback scene from the Lord of the Rings films depicts Smeagol discovering the ring, murdering a person to get it, and then fleeing to hide in the mountains. This wasn’t enough to elicit empathy or understanding from viewers for Gollum, but the game might just be able to pull off the same kind of character development as the books did.
The game was initially scheduled for release in 2021, which was later pushed to September 2022. But a tweet by the studio in June revealed that the game would be further delayed by a few months in order to do justice to the game and the anticipating gamers. Although no official release date has been revealed yet.
Gollum has the potential to be a terrific game since it can take a different approach to the character than the movies do. Lord of the Rings fans will be more inclined to play it if it can concentrate on recounting the sections of Gollum’s tale from the books that were hurried or left out in the movies. Lord of the Rings: Gollum must take the character in a fresh direction from previous portrayals if it is to be truly successful. Till then, please subscribe to our channel for more updates on The Lord of the Rings: Gollum and many other games.