The Lord of the Rings: Gollum – Release Date, Screenshots, and Details

The Lord of The Rings: Gollum is a stealth action game that will present a different visual take on the classic series. Here's what we know:

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Daedalic Entertainment has confirmed they are actively working on a next-gen title known as The Lord of the Rings: Gollum.

First off, it sounds like the team plans on designing Gollum as a stealth-based action title. While they stop short of detailing the title’s gameplay, the basic idea is that you’ll sneak around various Middle-Earth locales as the game’s titular protagonist. Considering that this is Gollum we’re talking about, we highly doubt that there will be quite as much action in this game as we see in titles like the Batman Arkham series

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Interestingly, it also seems like the game will take place before the events of The Lord of the Rings novel. We’re going to go ahead and guess that it’s not so far removed from the books that Gollum doesn’t have access to the ring, which means that you can likely expect to be able to use it to help sneak around the title’s various levels. Given that Daedalic has confirmed that Ringwraiths will be in the game, it’s quite possible your use of the ring will be moderated by their presence. 

Speaking of (at least sightly) familiar characters, Daedelic also revealed that Legolas’ father will appear in the game as a side character. This may give fans of the franchise a slightly better idea of when the game takes place, but Dadelic is staying quiet regarding how all of these characters will be used in the game and what the overall plot will be. 

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It’s also worth noting that the team is already going out of their way to emphasize that the design of Gollum, the Ringwraiths, and other notable characters and locations will be different from what we saw in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films. That’s quite understandable, but what was really interesting is the fact that one of the game’s artists specifically described the design of the Ringwraiths as being “less cool” than what we saw in the movies. This could suggest that the game is going for a slightly more muted (perhaps horror-based) tone for its visual design. 

It’s not much to go on, but given that we’re still waiting for more news regarding Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series, we’ll take whatever LOTR information we can get.

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Here’s everything else we know about The Lord of the Rings: Gollum.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum Screenshots

The first screenshots of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum have spread online. They appear to showcase a style that isn’t quite as different from the films as previously anticipated, but the previously anticipated darker tones of the project are evident.

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The Lord of the Rings: Gollum Release Date

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is expected to be released sometime in 2021 for the PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and PC.

Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014