The release of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum video game has been eagerly anticipated by fans for some time. Despite several delays, the game is finally set to launch on May 25th, 2023. As a story-driven action-adventure game, players will follow the journey of Gollum and experience a unique gaming adventure. The game will have a branching narrative that expands on J.R.R. Tolkien’s hints about Gollum’s backstory, creating a brand new Lord of the Rings story that fits alongside the books.
Players will navigate Gollum’s perilous journey as he chases his precious ring, from his time as a slave below the Dark Tower to his stay with the Elves of Mirkwood. As a skillful and sly character, Gollum’s split personality will also come into play, and players will decide whether to let the darker side of Gollum take over or to try and retain Sméagol’s spark of reason.
According to Daedalic Entertainment CEO, Cartsen Fichtelman, the game will tell Gollum’s story until he first appears, explaining what happened to him before Frodo and his companions find him in the Mines of Moria. Players will get to explore new places while setting the stage for events that ultimately decide the fate of Middle-earth.
The game will feature a unique gaming experience, as players will play both Gollum and Sméagol simultaneously, making decisions that could reflect either character’s personality. These choices will influence the way the game feels, such as animations, soundscapes, certain gameplay situations, and in-game dialogue.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will be available on various platforms, including Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Fans can also tune into the developer’s Twitch channel at 6:30 PM CET for a gameplay showcase.