It looks like we’re getting a new Lord of the Rings video game, this time from Daedalic Entertainment as they revealed Lord of the Rings: Gollum. The news came from the Hollywood Reporter, who Daedalic broke the story exclusively to this morning, with the game following the life and decisions of both Smeagol and his eventual form of Gollum.
“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,” Fichtelmann says. “We will tell the story before he first appears in the books.”
Daedalic partnered with Middle-earth Enterprises to develop and publish the new game, which is slated for release in 2021 on PC and “all relevant console platforms at that time.” Gollum is the first title being developed in the new partnership between Daedalic and Middle-earth, but plans for further games in the future are in the works.
“Our goal was to present a storytelling experience. About four years ago, I caught Middle-earth Enterprises in Berkeley, maybe like Peter Jackson did 20 years ago, and I said we’re interested in licensing Lord of the Rings,” Fichtelmann says of the formation of the partnership. “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.”
According to the article, the game will be released in 2021 and will coincide with the release of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings television show they’re currently working on.