The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are coming out this holiday season, and Daedalic Entertainment is out with a new announcement. They have confirmed that their new action-adventure game The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is arriving on the next-gen consoles and the PC in 2021.
In an interview with Edge magazine for the upcoming edition, the developers gave insight regarding the details of the new title that was announced last year.
First of all, the main character of the game, Gollum would be rewritten for the game. This change means that the character could be very different from the one we saw in the Peter Jackson version of The Lord of the Rings. According to the art director of the game, Mathias Fischer, “Tolkien didn’t give a size reference for Gollum, to begin with.” He added that in the first illustration, Gollum appears to be gigantic. However, the developers haven’t revealed how the character would appear in the game.
According to senior producer Kai Fiebig, the studio is not going to disappoint the fans who have watched the movies but clarified that Gollum wouldn’t look like the version portrayed by Andy Serkis.
The game will be featuring Gollum, who has been corrupted by the one ring for a long time. His expressions would be different from the films to make him more likable by the players. The need to sympathize and being able to relate to the character is necessary as we would be playing as him for over 20 hours.
According to early reports, the game will be developed by Amazon Game Studios in association with Athlon Games.
The game is also going to feature the Nazghuls. Fischer says including them was a challenge as their location specified in detail in the original narrative. He says that their version of the Nazghuls would be less impressive, but the creators will attempt to make them more popular.
In the interview, the developers mentioned that the game would feature stealth elements and a dual-personality mechanic. The game world would be vast and would feature less violence than the other Lord of the Ring games.
The dual-personality mechanic would provide the player to make some crucial decisions within the game. Game designer, Martin Wilkes says, ” It’s not just choosing to be Sméagol or Gollum, because for Gollum as an entity it’s not that easy. Each personality is being attacked by the other; each has to defend himself.”
He further explained that there might be as many as four points of conflict in each chapter of the game. These choices would lead to a final decision where you would struggle to pick one side, suppose Smeagol, if you have been favoring Gollum in the past decisions.
The studio also mentioned that they have a contract for at least a couple more games based on Middle Earth, and they would focus on other characters as well.
Apart from the game, Amazon is also working on a prequel TV series based on Tolkien’s work, which will be airing shortly. This series will feature a younger Galadriel.