The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum Gets New Teaser Trailer & Details
Written Monday, August 24, 2020 By Matt Lorrigan

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum has a brand new teaser trailer, as well as some juicy gameplay details courtesy of IGN.

The development team at Daedelic Entertainment described Gollum as a game of two parts - one major aspect is stealth "mixed with vertical climbing parkour", with Lead Designer Martin Wilkes comparing this aspect to a Prince of Persia game.

"It is mostly a non-combat game, but Gollum will be able to stealthily take out enemies. However, this will not be easy and always come with big risks. We want players to carefully weigh these encounters. After all, Gollum’s strengths lie in cunning not combat," Wilkes continued.

The other major part of the game is the narrative aspect, which sees our protagonist forced into dialogue choices and hard decisions as the two halves of his personality - Smeagol and Gollum - wrestle for control. Deadelic confirmed to IGN that Gollum is a prequel to the Lord of the Rings book, so they won't be messing with the existing LotR stories. The game will be structured into sets of levels and hubs rather than a true open world, with the environments based on the descriptions in the original books rather than the vision that Peter Jackson brought to cinema screens with the film trilogy.

"Our approach is therefore to create a unique and distinctive style but at the same time not deviate entirely from the iconic shapes that are familiar from the movies. Sauron's Dark Tower will still look like a tower and not like a broad fortress, even if the books would allow such interpretation," explains Art Director Mathias Fischer.

You can check out the teaser trailer below, although we're looking forward to seeing the game in action, so hopefully we'll be getting a new gameplay trailer soon as well.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is due to arrive on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and PC in 2021.


User Comments
Forum Posts: 155
Comment #1 by dreadnaught_
Monday, August 24, 2020 @ 02:29:06 PM
Imagine having the LOTR IP, and making a game about Gollum.

Nope, not a Skyrim-style RPG set in Middle Earth for the next generation.


And what's more, they're going to ape the visuals of the Jackson films a little, but depart from it enough to make it look wonky.

Can't wait!

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Comment #2 by shoryuken
Monday, August 24, 2020 @ 02:34:35 PM
I don't like Gollum.

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Comment #3 by dreadnaught_
Monday, August 24, 2020 @ 03:03:06 PM
@ #2 ... I don't dislike Gollum ... he is just a 2-dimensional character. His motivations are important to the LOTR story arc, but they are patently uninteresting. He is a critical supporting character, not a leading man.

I will say I don't like games where you "sneak" around enemies that act like they both are blind and deaf. I think Shadow of War on Gravewalker or Brutal got a good balance in situational awareness in enemies and still keeping it fun / feasible but challenging. TLOU 1 did also, on Grounded.

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Comment #4 by Dark Shadows
Monday, August 24, 2020 @ 05:17:57 PM
One simply doesn't get attracted to such an unpolished game.

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Comment #5 by XenoFan
Monday, August 24, 2020 @ 09:21:25 PM
Sod it im interested, has borderline oddworld vibe and unless it’s a remaster of two towerS or return of the king I’m
Spot they are expanding the universe

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Comment #6 by XenoFan
Monday, August 24, 2020 @ 09:22:36 PM
I’m glad they are expanding the universe*

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Comment #7 by thedarkness91
Monday, August 24, 2020 @ 10:19:54 PM
I love LOTR so this has me interested. I'm not expecting a masterpiece of a game but it has me intrigued and it might be a unique experience playing as Gollum of all characters. Hopefully future media releases will expand on the info and give us a better idea of what to expect with more gameplay!

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Comment #8 by YoramS
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 @ 06:37:30 AM
@#1 For once I totally agree with you! why a good RPG in the LOTR lore hasn't been made yet I beyond my comprehension. THe visuals don't look right, either, but being a big LOTR fan, I'll probably end up playing this anyway. I even took a trip to Matamata,NZ (from The Netherlands) to visit Hobbiton back in 2014.

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Comment #9 by c1ned1ne
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 @ 01:22:36 PM
@8: Because players want to be the hero. You can't be the hero in a universe that already is chockful of them.
Imagine playing Skyrim as Lydia or one of the other companions.

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