September 1, 2022
The Lord of the Rings Gollum game release date has been revealed, and one platform will be sitting things out for a bit.
So the beans have been spilled today: it’s out on September 1 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. Sadly, Switch users will have to wait for an indeterminate amount of time beyond that initial Gollum game release date, as that version has been delayed until “later this year.”
I’m still really interested in the tricksy nature of the creation of this game from a macro standpoint. Adapting a Tolkien work is always difficult given that the action-based motifs of most video games weren’t glorified in the source material — but playing as a villain (a conflicted one at that) could allow the development team to do some cool things with Gollum and the narrative.
That said, it’ll be tough to balance the potential “stealth gameplay” (which is always hard to get right in the best of circumstances) and the aforementioned narrative elements; hopefully they’re up to the task. The “partnership with Middle-earth Enterprises” (read: not the Tolkien Estate) could help with some oversight, though most of their input could be dictating what material the team does/doesn’t have the rights for.