Gollum, once a Hobbit, was always essential to The Lord of the Rings narrative since his actions directly influenced the events that decided the fate of all Middle-Earth. However, the journey of such an essential character, from his time in the slave-pits of Mordor to Mirkwood and Mines of Moria, was never fully explored in the books or the cinematic adaptations. Deadalic Entertainment showcased the storytelling of the canonical Lord of the Rings storyline from Gollum’s perspective by releasing the first sneak peek trailer for their upcoming Lord of the Rings: Gollum video game back in March, and yet another trailer on June 6, 2021.
Deadalic Entertainment revealed a new gameplay trailer for its upcoming Lord of the Rings: Gollum on Nacon’s Connect 2021 Livestream event, giving us insight into new character designs, environments, and gameplay. The original trailer, released back in March, was less than a minute long and primarily accentuated the story aspect of the game. But the new trailer, albeit labeled as pre-alpha footage, showcases the environments of Mirkwood, the Mines of Moria, and even Mordor. It also includes all-new characters like the Mouth of Sauron (Sauron’s servant, not an actual orifice), Thranduil, the King of the Elves, and everyone’s favorite wizard and pyrotechnician – Gandalf.
As we previously reported, Lord of the Rings: Gollum‘s primary focus will be centered around stealth, as our protagonist is weaker than the average inhabitant of Mordor and the surrounding land, with plenty of sneaking and parkour as means of traversal and survival. The combat aspect of the game will certainly exist, but we doubt it will go further than the occasional run-and-hide or a rock to the head of an unsuspecting adversary. In the end, this isn’t Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, where you could dispatch the entire platoon or something resembling a military unit consisting of Orcs in open combat.
Though not displayed in the new trailer, Gollum will use stealth, agility, and cunning to overcome obstacles as he transverses through the decision-based narrative that fits nicely into his dissociative identity disorder. Players will have to make key decisions at specific points in the game, with choices split between Gollum’s own split personality, which adds more depth to the character, and probably affect’s the final conclusion of the game’s narrative.
The upcoming Lord of the Game: Gollum was originally scheduled to release later this year for PC, Xbox One and Series X/S, and PlayStation 4 and 5 before its release date was silently pushed by the developer. In a later announcement, Deadalic Entertainment and Nacon marked the upcoming game as a new-gen exclusive, scheduled to release in 2022 for PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch, which just announced its OLED model. But let’s regress a bit, and ask “why is the game featured on Nacon Connect 2021?”
Well, Nacon and Daedalic Entertainment formed a fellowship (pun intended) to publish and distribute the highly anticipated Gollum game in partnership with Middle-earth Enterprises, a company that holds the adaptation rights to the Lord of the Rings novel series. This isn’t the only cinematic adaptation Nacon is involved with – the Connect event announced the development of a new RoboCop video game, as well.