The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is out in April at the earliest. In its latest earnings report, co-publisher Nacon confirmed that the highly anticipated action-adventure title will launch in the first half of the 2023-2024 fiscal year. This translates to a release window from April, extending to September 2023. Originally slated for a 2021 release, this marks the third delay for the game, with developer Daedalic Entertainment previously claiming to delay the launch by just “a few times” postponed. months.” This new development pushes the timeline even further to 2023.
Daedalic’s most recent update was in September last year – a delay to ensure The Lord of the Rings: Gollum was in the best technical condition upon release. While not explicitly stated, part of this stir was likely related to the unsavory fan reaction they received to the gameplay trailer – the main criticisms being the outdated graphics and textures. As for the gameplay itself, players will be immersed in ancient Middle-earth, in a tightly woven story that explores Gollum’s journey after he lost the One Ring to Bilbo Baggins. Based heavily on author JRR Tolkien’s original material, the game essentially serves as a prelude to Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring.
Much of the gameplay in The Lord of the Rings: Gollum focuses on stealth, which is a given since the titular character isn’t exactly the strongest in terms of physicality. That said, Gollum is extremely agile, allowing him to crawl and climb surfaces with ease and without much attention. In keeping with his split personality, his two sides, Gollum and Sméagol, become a mechanic during moments of conflict, where players must decide whether to take the timid approach or the cunning evil route. “One mind, two egos – you decide!” reads the description on Steam. At the time, the images also showed a swimming mechanic with an oxygen counter. However, it was set in a first-person perspective, which raises the question of whether one can switch camera perspectives at will. All other gameplay footage was provided from a third-person perspective.
Besides The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, other video games from the Middle-earth franchise are in the works. First up is a new, untitled title from Private Division and Weta Workshop – the latter known for providing visual effects and props in the LoTR and the Hobbit movies. More details on this will be revealed in due course. Then there’s The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria, a survival crafting and base building title, in which players take command of a company of dwarves to reclaim the lost loot from their homeland of Moria. A release is expected sometime this year.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will be available to play on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X and Nintendo Switch.