The Lord of the Rings franchise has already had numerous video games released within its universe, with one of the more recent titles inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional world being Monolith Productions' action-RPG, Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Now, it looks as if a new LotR video game property is set to enter the fold in the near future, with Daedalic Entertainment officially announcing that it is working with Middle-earth Enterprises to put out a project called The Lord of the Rings – Gollum.
According to Daedalic, The Lord of the Rings – Gollum is a narrative-driven action-adventure video game that intends to stay true to the original LotR lore, but will also explore "new events and details related to Gollum's journey." The studio further explained the project by revealing that the game's story follows Sméagol's corruption through the One Ring To Rule Them All.
As declared by Daedalic Entertainment CEO Carsten Fichtelmann, The Lord of the Rings – Gollum will "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". The new LotR title is in development by Daedalic's in-house studio with the use of the Unreal Engine. It is currently scheduled to release at some point in 2021 on PC and "all relevant console platforms at that time," which likely means current-gen consoles such as PS4 and Xbox One, and next-gen platforms as well.
Despite the fact that The Lord of the Rings – Gollum is far from completion, it seems as if Daedalic Entertainment already has other irons related to LotR in the fire. While another game has not been mentioned yet, Daedalic has intimated that The Lord of the Rings – Gollum is just the first project it will be collaborating on with Middle-earth Enterprises.
All things considered, one can only guess at this point as to how The Lord of the Rings – Gollum will play out as an action-adventure game, especially with the titular protagonist essentially being a Hobbit. Due to his small size and stature, it's possible Sméagol will utilize a lot of stealth-driven action elements throughout the game. Of course, that's just speculation at this point. Nevertheless, with Daedalic at the helm, it will be interesting to see what the studio known mostly for making point-and-click adventures such as the Deponia series will have in the way of "action" for The Lord of the Rings – Gollum.
The Lord of the Rings – Gollum is currently scheduled to launch at some point in 2021 for PC and "all relevant console platforms at that time".
Source: Game Informer