After Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film series turned Gollum into one of the most iconic screen characters of all time, the corrupted hobbit is getting his own unexpected video game spin-off, titled The Lord of the Rings: Gollum.
And now a new trailer for the Middle Earth spin-off, shown at The Game Awards 2021, has given fans a proper look at what Daedalic Entertainment and NACON are hoping to achieve with the action game.
As you might have guessed from the title, this game puts you in the role of Gollum! And with the former hobbit on the hunt for the missing ring, the new trailer shows players dodging every breed of monster found in Tolkien’s epic fantasy series.
Considering that most Lord of the Rings games are usually focused on the sword-slashing antics of Aragorn and co, this game will certainly offer a fresh approach to JRR Tolkien’s beloved fantasy world.
The timing is great for this game too given that we’re also getting the franchise’s first live-action TV series from Amazon in 2022. Without further ado, here’s what we know about Lord of the Rings: Gollum game so far...
When is the Lord of the Rings: Gollum game release date?
The Middle Earth spin-off won't hit shelves until sometime in the first quarter of 2022 - so there's still a bit of a wait. There's plenty of time for hype to build!
What consoles and platforms will The Lord of the Rings: Gollum be released on?
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will release pretty much everywhere, with the developers from Daedalic Entertainment promising that their vision will reach PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Is The Lord of the Rings: Gollum based on the movies?
No - the game will be based solely on JRR Tolkein's books and not Peter Jackson's films, so fans can expect a rather different Gollum to Andy Serkis' iconic take on the character. Developer Daedalic Entertainment has hinted that Gollum may be bigger than he is in the movies, and that the Nazgûl will appear in the game likely with a redesigned look.
What's The Lord of the Rings: Gollum about?
The game has been described as an action-adventure, though is expected to be less violent than other Lord of the Rings games such as Shadow of Mordor. Gamers will play as the character's original hobbit form Sméagol at first, and then his more familiar counterpart Gollum as he becomes corrupted by the One Ring. The character's dual nature is said to become a gameplay element - players will have to choose whether to side with Sméagol or Gollum at various points throughout the game.
Is there gameplay footage for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum?
Behind closed doors, RadioTimes.com has seen 20 minutes of footage from The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, which showed that stealthiness is just one of many skills in Gollum's arsenal. You'll also be climbing, wall-running and trying to solve puzzles! In terms of gameplay footage that you can actually watch, this is the latest clip to be shared online...
Can I watch a trailer for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum?
A trailer was released at this year's The Game Awards, giving fans a good look at what to expect from The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. The trailer shows players dodging a myriad of monsters from Tolkien's fantasy series as Gollum continues on his hunt for the missing ring. Watch below:
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