The much anticipated Lord of the Rings: Gollum video game has been delayed to 2022. The game was set to release in 2021 but the delay came as part of the announcement that French publisher Nacon had signed on to co-publish the game with developer Daedalic Entertainment.
“The two companies decided to join forces to ensure that the game will meet the expectations of fans of The Lord of the Rings and fully leverage the power of the new generation of consoles,“ Nacon said in a press release.
No other explanations were given for the delay though our speculation would involve a pandemic-exacerbated crunch on producing a product of enough quality during unideal working conditions (and let’s be fair, players will accept as long a delay as possible if it means avoiding a Cyberpunk 2077-esque debacle).
The Gollum game is a “story-driven action adventure” that focuses on Gollum’s journey as a creature who is obsessed with the One Ring. Players get to take control of Gollum and make decisions that determine if his evil side will emerge and dominate his personality or if he can retain the sense of goodness he had as Smeagol.
According to lead game designer Martin Wilkes, players will be playing “in two distinct states: Either stealthily making your way past the various hulking threats living in Mordor and making narrative choices as the warring personalities of Sméagol and Gollum fight for control.”
So it’s the weaponless stealth of a Hitman game combined with the narrative shenanigans of Heavy Rain.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will arrive on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and PC sometime in 2022.