Developer Daedalic Entertainment said Tuesday that The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, the planned video game starring Gollum that was initially revealed in 2019, will finally be launched on September 1st. According to a press statement, the game will be available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X / S, with a Switch version planned for “later this year.”
In a Zoom call last week, I was allowed to witness a brief peek of the game. You’ll be doing a lot of sneaking about to get where you need to go if you’re familiar with Gollum’s murky demeanor from the novels and movies. But the video also included a lot of environmental traversal, with Gollum scaling walls and leaping huge distances to avoid danger. Players will also have the option of reacting to circumstances as Gollum or his nicer persona, Sméagol, and their decisions will have long-term ramifications for the game’s plot.
The Gollum game comes one day before Amazon Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power TV series, kicking off a major month for Lord of the Rings. It’s also nice to have a firm release date for a major game this year, especially after titles like Starfield, Redfall, and the Breath of the Wild sequel were pushed back to 2023.