The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum Adventure Game Announced
Written Tuesday, March 26, 2019 By Richard Walker
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Daedalic Entertainment has announced a partnership with Middle-earth Enterprises for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, a story-driven action adventure that charts the corruption of Sméagol by the One Ring. Taking J.R.R. Tolkien's original fantasy lore and the movies as inspiration, the game will also delve into "new events and details related to Gollum's journey".

"We tell Gollum's story from a perspective never seen before, in any storytelling medium, all the while staying true to the legendary books of J.R.R. Tolkien," said Daedalic CEO Carsten Fichtelmann. "At a time when the games industry is undergoing structural changes and seeing new business models evolve, we are excited to realise a huge new production based on a story that has stayed fresh and relevant for more than 60 years."

Built using Unreal Engine in-house at Daedalic, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is scheduled for release in 2021 for "all relevant console platforms at that time", as well as PC, suggesting that the game could release on PlayStation 4 and whatever new consoles are next on the horizon. Apparently, more The Lord of the Rings titles are also seemingly on the cards in this Daedalic Entertainment and Middle-earth Enterprises deal.

[Via Game Informer]


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Comment #1 by dreadnaught_
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 @ 12:17:51 PM
How did a developer with such limited credits (point and click adventure games) get this license?

I'm reminded of Cyanide ending up with the ASOAIF / GOT license. They did their best, but they just did not have the depth to make a game worthy of the franchise.

More to the point, I cannot imagine listening to Gollum's inane blather for an entire game. Judging by the art and the Tolkien lore that I know, I expect this game will take place post-Bilbo, probably in the events leading up to capture in Mordor, etc. I'm cringing at the knockoff Andy Serkis voice acting already.

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Comment #2 by GizM0 The Great
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 @ 12:34:28 PM
@1, it says that it follows the corruption of Sméagol, so this will be pre-Bilbo. Sméagol had the ring in his possession for 478 years. So depending on where they choose to start the game, you could potentially be playing the uncorrupted Sméagol, back when he was a Stoor Hobbit. With him slowly becoming more corrupted by the One Ring, and potentially changing appearance as you progress through the game..

(I’m aware that I’m an ultra geek for knowing that, but I’m a writer. Most writers are very familiar with Tolkien’s work)

I’m intrigued by this though.

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Comment #3 by Bastard1
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 @ 12:39:02 PM
Smeagol hates nasty dreadnaughtses.

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Comment #4 by dreadnaught_
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 @ 01:22:47 PM
@ #2 ... Yeah. I can read. However, look at the logo. I promise you he will look and sound like movie-Gollum for the majority of the game because 1) that is what normies associate with Gollum, and 2) literally everything interesting that occurs in Gollum's life that is worthy of making a narrative game happens AFTER Bilbo. Or maybe you want a cavefishing simulator? That is actually something that Daedelic can handle, given their development history.

In any case, don't kid yourself; this is going to be a shit game from a shit developer. It'll only sell because of the license slapped on it.

I just wish they would stop looting poor Tolkien's corpse. This is the dumbest, most half-assed, and creatively bankrupt LOTR game idea yet. Only marginally worse than turning Shelob into a slutty woman in Shadow of War.
We are approaching Alien-tier franchise exploitation with LOTR now.

The "Shadow of ..." series was fun with a lot of polish. But it is not Tolkien-esque ... it is a great game mechanic (the Nemesis system) combined with a lot borrowed from AC and Arkham that was shoe-horned into the LOTR universe, with varying degrees of success.

I thought "War in the North" captured the feeling of the novels and had a story that complemented the canon. But that game had some major problems. Namely a game-breaking glitch (my workaround is still near the top of this site's forum on the game).

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Comment #5 by Darkening Demise
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 @ 01:39:43 PM
Here I am just wondering when we can get the real LOTR Conquest we should've gotten by Pandemic but was rushed out the door.
Or a new Battle For Middle Earth would be nice.

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Comment #6 by Terminator
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 @ 03:46:20 PM
Daedalic Entertainment are incompetent as hell, thus I'll be avoiding this like the plague.

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Comment #7 by Singis123
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 @ 04:19:48 PM
I would rather have a new Battle for Middle-earth but I suppose not...

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Comment #8 by dreadnaught_
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 @ 04:59:32 PM
@ #5 -- A new LOTR Conquest would be awesome, but it would probably be some horrible battle royale crap, and there'd be no option to play vs. the computer or do couch co-op. LOTR Conquest could have been awesome, but as you said it was rushed and exploited.

@ #5 and #7 -- I forgot Battle for Middle Earth. That is one set of games that DID get Tolkien right. Good times.

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