The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum Confirmed For Next-Gen Consoles
There’s a wide diversity of beings within the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, from dragons and corrupted beings to Hobbits, Elves, and Men. While many of the tales within Tolkien lore surround that of ancient evils and legendary heroes, there are a few that follow unconventional champions like Bilbo and Frodo who were never heroes by the traditional sense, just regular people rising up to the occasion. Along the way, they met with a large number of beings including one Sméagol AKA Gollum, a creature who was once similar to the pair of Hobbits but found himself corrupted by the power of the One Ring. Gollum was played wonderfully well by Andy Serkis during the Peter Jackson films but it seems as though Daedalic Entertainment’s The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will be featuring a slightly different take on the character.
A series of interviews were released in the February 2020 issue of Edge Magazine concerning the upcoming action-adventure game. Art director of Daedalic Entertainment Mathias Fischer explains in the issue that the team wanted to do something different with the character than what fans know from the films. There was no mention on what shape their Gollum will take, though senior producer Kai Fiebig does state that they didn’t want to alienate fans who have only seen the movies.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will take place when the titular character is already heavily corrupted by the infamous One Ring, a storytelling feat that will be quite impressive as it sounds incredibly difficult to pull off. The magazine also outlines some of the basic gameplay mechanics players can expect such as stealth and a “dual personality” that sounds quite intriguing, to say the least. There appears to be less of a focus on the combat that many The Lord of the Rings games portray and more of an inward battle with the character of Gollum himself. “It’s not just choosing to be Sméagol or Gollum, because for Gollum as an entity it’s not that easy,” game designer Martin Wilkes explains.
It’s not just choosing to be Sméagol or Gollum, because for Gollum as an entity it’s not that easy. Each personality is being attacked by the other; each has to defend himself. You will have maybe two, three or four conflicts per chapter that lead to a final decision point. And at this final decision point, it will be harder to pick Sméagol, for example, if you’ve always fought for the Gollum side before.”
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will be released in 2021 for PC and on next-gen consoles such as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Are you excited to step into the shoes of the corrupted Sméagol? Let us know your thoughts on playing through the eyes of Gollum and more in the comments section below. As always don’t forget to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter for 24/7 coverage of all things gaming and entertainment.
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