Gollum’s time with his precious is being made into a story-focused Lord of the Rings game

Expect it two years from now

The One Ring to Rule Them All hasn’t always been in the most capable of hands. Before Frodo got his mitts on it, Lord of the Rings‘ central plot device was living in a cave with a deformed, gurgling monster man who subsisted on a diet of raw fish. And now there’s going to be a game about that.

German developer and publisher Daedalic Entertainment is working on Lord of the Rings: Gollum, which takes place during the years that Smeagol/Gollum possessed the ring. Daedalic mentions that everything that happens in the game occurs before the events of the Lord of the Rings books. It’s billed as an action adventure title.

Daedalic is best known for point-and-click adventures that focus on story. Daedalic CEO Carsten Fichtelmann explains how the studio’s experience will help with a Lord of the Rings game by saying “You already have that big conflict in the character, two voices talking to you continuously, which means there is a good reason there are decisions to make in the game: the Smeagol decisions or the Gollum decisions.”

Gollum probably isn’t Daedalic’s one shot at nailing Tolkien’s universe. Plans for more Lord of the Rings games are in the works. However, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will launch first — sometime in 2021 on PC and “all relevant console platforms at that time.”

‘Lord of the Rings: Gollum’ Video Game in the Works From German Studio Daedalic [The Hollywood Reporter]

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