There’s a new official Lord Of The Rings game coming out and it has nothing to do Warner Bros., the films, or any of the usual characters.
If you’re going to make an action game in the Lord of the Rings universe then the obvious options are proven warriors such as Aragorn or Legolas – or new newly invented equivalents such as Shadow Of Mordor’s Talion.
But German developer Daedalic, best known for point ‘n’ click adventures such as Deponia and The Dark Eye, have picked Gollum for their protagonist.
Very little is known about the new game though, other than it’s an ‘action adventure’ and that it’s based on the books rather than the films.
‘You already have that big conflict in the character, two voices talking to you continuously, which means there is a good reason there are decisions to make in the game: the Smeagol decisions or the Gollum decision,’ Daedalic’s Carsten Fichtelmann told The Hollywood Reporter.
‘We have the story that we all know from the book, but everything that happens to him before he appears in the book are the main things we will see in our game,’ adds Fichtelmann. ‘We will tell the story before he first appears in the books.’
Although Warner Bros. probably still has the licence to the movies (they haven’t said either way yet) it seems Daedalic is already planning to make a number of other new games after Gollum.
That may seem surprising given their size and background but according to Fichtelmann, ‘After some negotiations, it was clear that the Tolkien estate looked for a company that was capable of doing something which is more story-orientated than some of the other products that came out over the last years.’
So there you go. The new Gollum, which may or may not end up being called something different in the end, is due to be released in 2021 on PC and ‘all relevant console platforms at that time’ – which is probably secret code for current and next generation formats.
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