A tale untold…
Perhaps the crown jewel in Nacon’s incoming slate is its intriguing adaptation The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, which is currently in development at Daedalic Entertainment and scheduled to launch on PC and consoles later in 2023.
The long-in-development title will see players follow the broken-minded Stoor Hobbit on a journey through Middle-Earth, set between the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and his magnum opus, The Lord of the Rings. Gollum will make his way through a variety of legendary locations from the novels, meeting tentative allies and dangerous enemies both new and familiar to fans of Middle-Earth. Gollum will also have to combat his greatest foe, himself, via a mechanic that sees him wrestle with the voices of his own mind for ownership of his very sanity.
We have seen many, many Lord of the Rings-themed video games since Peter Jackson’s heralded movies brought the franchise back into the zeitgeist of a global audience. With The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, Daedalic is attempting something different, and very ambitious, essentially writing new chapters that take place within the original LOTR timeline, and building a game around a meek, relatively powerless character. Still, it is from unique concepts that we often get head-turning titles.
Following years of delays, it won’t be too much longer before we find out whether our feeble fiend has what it takes to make his very own adventure… I gotta say it… Precious.
The Lord of The Rings: Gollum launches on PlayStation, PC, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch titles in 2023.