With German developer and publisher of several impressive adventure titles, Daedalic Entertainment at the helm. The announcement made today points to a project still early-on in development, with a targeted 2021 release date for the "all-new action adventure title" planned across PC and consoles.
With Daedalic working on The Lord of the Rings - Gollum, in addition to being an action-adventure it will stay true to the story laid out in J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings in addition to exploring new events related to Gollum's journey. Which for those that need a reminder, is a fairly tragic one with the character succumbing and being totally corrupted and a slave to the One Ring.
“We are extremely pleased to announce our partnership with multi-award-winning Daedalic Entertainment, to build an innovative, lore-centric game for discerning fans of The Lord of the Rings. With their focus on characters and story, enhanced by rich and evocative artwork, Daedalic is committed to ‘building games for readers who become gamers", commented Fredrica Drotos, Brand Officer for Middle-earth Enterprises. “We eagerly anticipate the release of Daedalic’s narrative-driven adventure gameplay, which is uniquely matched to the complex, deeply-nuanced world of Middle-earth, created by J.R.R. Tolkien.”
“The Lord of the Rings is one of the most epic and renowned stories of all time - it's an honour for us to have the opportunity to work on our own contribution to this universe,” said Carsten Fichtelmann, CEO and Co-Founder of Daedalic Entertainment. “In Gollum, players will assume the role of one of the most iconic characters in Middle-earth. We tell Gollum's story from a perspective never seen before, in any storytelling medium, all the while staying true to the legendary books of J.R.R. Tolkien.”
“At a time when the games industry is undergoing structural changes and seeing new business models evolve, we are excited to realize a huge new production based on a story that has stayed fresh and relevant for more than 60 years. Other currently planned media productions based on J.R.R. Tolkien's work are testament to that.”
Like Gollum and the One Ring, we'll be keeping an eye on this one - following its progress as more details come to light.