Game News The Lord of the Rings Gollum: Release date, story, gameplay… We take stock
We’ll be back in Middle-earth soon, and not just thanks to the Amazon-produced series! The Lord of the Rings: Gollum game is coming very soon. Release date, story, gameplay… the JV editorial team takes stock of this game which could become the “Precious” for fans.
- The Lord of the Rings: What is Gollum?
- Which studios are developing The Lord of the Rings: Gollum?
- When and where will The Lord of the Rings: Gollum be released?
- What is the place of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum in Tolkien’s universe?
- What is the storyline of Lord of the Rings: Gollum?
- What is the gameplay of Lord of the Rings: Gollum?
- Do you want to know more?
The Lord of the Rings: What is Gollum?
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is an action-adventure game centered around one of the most famous characters in the universe created by writer JRR Tolkien… GOLLUM. The game offers players the opportunity to embody this particular and ambiguous anti-hero for the first time. Both in the books of JRR Tolkien and in the films directed by Peter Jackson, Gollum has shown himself to be agile and stealthy, devious and cunning, and above all tortured by his obsession with the One Ring, to the point of splitting his mind. and to undergo the cohabitation of two personalities that everything opposes.
Which studios are developing The Lord of the Rings: Gollum?
This is German studio Daedalic Entertainmentknown for its very good Point’n Click series Deponia, which has been developing The Lord of the Rings: Gollum since 2019. The studio is also the co-publisher with Nakon. The French company (Blood Bowl III, Steelrising, etc.) also bought Daedalic Entertainment on February 16, 2022. The amount of this acquisition, which was confirmed two months later, is estimated at 60 million US dollars.
When and where will The Lord of the Rings: Gollum be released?
The game was announced in 2019 by Daedalic Entertainment for a 2021 release. After reaching an agreement with publisher Nacon, the release date was pushed back to 2022. September 1, 2022, the day before the release of the Amazon series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The game published by Nacon is released on Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One. A Nintendo Switch release has also been confirmed.
What is the place of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum in Tolkien’s universe?
The plot of the game precedes the events of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (3018-3019 of the Third Age of the Years of the Sun). In The Hobbit, Gollum has the One Ring stolen by Bilbo Baggins. He is then captured and tortured by Sauron’s forces also in search of the Ring of Power. He eventually reveals that the Hobbit holds the artifact. Gollum then manages to escape from Barad-dûr, the fortress of Sauron, in order to find his “Precious” in 3017. He ends up meeting Frodo Baggins and Samsagace Gamegie. The Lord of the Rings: Gollum should cover this little-known period of Middle-earth Lord history.
What is the storyline of Lord of the Rings: Gollum?
The action-adventure game focuses on the journey of Gollum, from his escape from the jails of Barad-dûr to the ruins of Moria, passing through his stay with the Elves of Mirkwood. In particular, he must escape the many henchmen of Sauron in order to leave the hostile lands of Mordor. On his way, he meets iconic characters from the saga. These stand out from the adaptation of Peter Jackson, yet well anchored in the collective imagination. The developers have teased some of them, starting with the Mouth of Sauron, the elven king Thranduil, and Gandalf the Grey. Their appearance is taken directly from Tolkien’s writings, as is that of Gollum.
What is the gameplay of Lord of the Rings: Gollum?
It is a solo game, in third person view, mixing infiltration and exploration. As Gollum, it takes cunning to survive and escape the dark lands of Mordor. The originality of the game lies in its mechanics based on the dual personality of the protagonist. Decision-making is influenced by the constant struggle between his two identities, a system of alignment in a way. Stay cautiously hidden like the cowardly Sméagol or savagely kill those in his way like the sneaky Gollum? These will be the decisions that the players will have to make. These choices are all the more important as they influence the style of play: if the players have mostly favored the personality of Gollum, it will be difficult for them to act as Sméagol thereafter. Another interesting aspect of the gameplay, Gollum being far from being a warrior, he must be creative to get rid of opponents and survive.
Do you want to know more?
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum releases the day before the airing of the highly anticipated and dreaded series produced by Amazon for its SVOD Prime Video service: The Rings of Power. This oh so ambitious project traces the events of the Second Age of Middle-earth and in particular the creation of the Rings of Power by the perfidious Sauron. It is also about the fall of the kingdom of Men of Numenor. Well-known characters, like the Elves Elrond and Galadriel, are back on our small screens for new adventures. There are also new faces, characters encountered only in Tolkien’s books, but also others created especially for the series. The first season of The Rings of Power will air on Amazon Prime Video on September 2, 2022.