In The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, the player will play as Gollum himself as he explores and experiences the corruption of the One Ring. Little has been known about the game outside of its reveal in March of last year.
Developer Daedalic Entertainment revealed new information about the upcoming game in Edge Magazine, reported by IGN. They detail some of their intentions with the titular character, the story they'll be experiencing, and their plans in the near and far future.
They start off by explaining that Gollum will be their own character. They didn't want to follow the styling from the Peter Jackson films, which used Andy Serkis as the actor. Art director Mathias Fischer explained that Tolkien didn't give a size reference to the character, so he could very well be gigantic.
Fischer also revealed that the game will feature the Nazgûl, the dark and threatening Ring Servants of Sauron. They want to expand on the interesting mechanics these characters would provide. Game designer Martin Wilkes explained then explains that the duel personality struggle of Gollum/Smeagol will play a vital part in the game.
Its not just choosing to be Sméagol or Gollum, because for Gollum as an entity its not that easy. Each personality is being attacked by the other; each has to defend himself.
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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 youve always fought for the Gollum side before.
The piece concluded with a statement by CEO Carsten Fichtelmann explaining that this will not be the only Middle Earth game they produce, but it will most likely be the only Gollum game they make. But it will be comparable to what were now trying with Gollum.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is expected to release some time in 2021 for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. More details about the game's release will be revealed in the near future. Stay tuned.
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