German developer Daedalic Entertainment announces Lord of the Rings: Gollum
a new videogame they are creating in partnership with Middle-earth enterprises.
Word is this is coming to PC and consoles in 2021 in a story set prior to The
Lord of the Rings series, covering the period between when Smeagol acquired The
One MacGuffin and when he lost it during the Hobbit (spoiler alert). Here's the
Daedalic Entertainment today announced a partnership with
Middle-earth Enterprises, a division of The Saul Zaentz Company, to develop and
publish The Lord of the Rings – Gollum. This all-new action adventure title is
being brought to life in-house by Daedalic Entertainment’s award-winning
development team and is set for release in 2021 on PC and all relevant console
platforms at that time.
The Lord of the Rings – Gollum is the first video game to be born out of the new
fellowship forged between Daedalic Entertainment and Middle-earth Enterprises,
with scope for more new experiences in the future.
This new title will remain true to the vision laid out in J.R.R Tolkien’s The
Lord of the Rings and will also explore new events and details related to
Gollum’s journey. The Lord of the Rings – Gollum will be powered by Unreal
Engine and localized into multiple languages so that fans from across the globe
will be able to enjoy this new action adventure.
“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.”