The new video of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum shows Gandalf, Thranduil, the Mouth of Sauron, as well as locations such as the Mirkwood and the Mines of Moria.
The game, announced in 2019 and due to be released in the latter half of 2022, is being developed by Daedalic Entertainment and is an adventure game where the player traverses Middle-earth, as seen from the perspective of Gollum. The video style of the game is completely separate and independent from other game and film adaptations (including the forthcoming Amazon series), and the developers say they aim to stick faithfully to the book whilst showing never-before-seen parts of Middle-earth. The CEO of Daedalic previously said that their ambition to stick more closely to the book was the reason why they were chosen to make the game.
Carsten Fichtelmann, CEO of Daedalic Entertainment, said that “Conflict is important for storytellers and that’s already in the character. We have these two characters talking to him constantly. We think we have a unique approach, and if we do this game right I don’t think there’ll be much space for anyone doing a Gollum game, because we’ve already done it.” In the video, Daedalic says:
By looking at events from his angle, players will experience Middle-earth through the eyes and twisted mind of one of the most iconic characters of all time. The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is a cinematic stealth-action-adventure, it mixes stealth and parkour gameplay and really leverages Deadelic’s expertise in crafting engaging stories.
The game will be released on Xbox X/S and Xbox One, PS4 and PS5, PC, and Switch next year.