Not often do we see a video game that gains high profile media attention but the trailer for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is doing just that.
Gollum, the original master of self-quarantining, is the star of the first teaser trailer for his very own Lord of the Rings video game in the works at Daedalic Entertainment. Before being physically and mentally corrupted by the Ring of Power he was known as the hobbit Sméagol, now after decades of isolation he emerges from his half-eaten-fish-carcass-covered cave to the apocalyptic sight of Mount Doom erupting in Mordor.
“The game mixes stealth with vertical climbing parkour,” lead game designer Martin Wilkes said in an interview with IGN. “If you want a reference you might think of it as similar to Prince of Persia. It is mostly a non-combat game, but Gollum will be able to stealthily take out enemies. However, this will not be easy and always come with big risks. We want players to carefully weigh these encounters. After all, Gollum’s strengths lie in cunning not combat.”
Throughout the game, players will encounter some familiar faces, although they designers won’t say who at the moment. You will also have the ability to influence certain outcomes based on how you choose to interact with those around you, revolving around choosing a more Gollum or a Sméagol type reaction. The game play will strictly follow the book trilogy when it comes to key plotlines. For example the game is said to start exactly how the Fellowship of the Ring starts, with Frodo is still in the Shire and is oblivious to the outside world. While Gollum is trying to find his precious One Ring that is with Bilbo Baggins, he gets caught by Sauron’s minions.
The game will be a mixture of open world for traveling from place to place, and more liniar play when it comes to structured levels that must be cleared. Although how you clear those levels is ultimately up to you. When designing the games look, the gamemakers at Daedalic gained inspiration by J.R.R. Tolkien’s own drawings, while integrating what Middle-earth looked like in the Peter Jackson film series.
Hopefully the full game will be as visually pleasing as the teaser trailer.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will be available on PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC in 2021.