The Lord of the Rings: Gollum game in development for next-generation consoles (update)

What you need to know

  • The Lords of the Rings: Gollum is an upcoming next-generation game in development.
  • It's coming to PC and next-generation consoles.
  • It appears to be a top-down strategy game based on leaked screenshots.

Updated January 7, 2019: The Lord of the Rings: Gollum has been confirmed for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.

According to a post by the Hollywood Reporter, Daedalic Entertainment is making a The Lord of the Ring game. However, it's not your standard fare, because it's called "The Lord of the Rings: Gollum." You'll be able to take control of the troubled character between the years he found the One Ring and before the start of The Lord of the Rings novels and films.

When asked about The Lords of the Rings: Gollum, Daedalic Entertainment's co-founder Carsten Fichtelmann said the following.

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. 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. We will tell the story before he first appears in the books.

Now comes the bad news. You'll have to wait until 2021 to play it. Luckily, it's coming to "PC and all relevant console platforms at the time." This means that we'll likely see it on Xbox "Scarlett" and "Anaconda." Scarlett is positioned to be Microsoft's entry-level console, while Anaconda is the successor to the powerful Xbox One X.

The Hollywood Reporter said that there were plans for even more games down the line, but what that may entail is unclear at this point. Apparently, the 2021 release date for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is when Amazon's The Lord of the Rings show will launch, too.

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  • wowww! seriously??? i have been wanting a remaster or remake of the original lord of the rings games for years and they go and make a game on gollum?! No one asked for this! Did someone seriously go , “Wouldn’t it be cool to play as gollum instead of the fellowship?”
    So disappointed!
  • Looking forward to it, the LOTR universe needs more personal, story driven games, get back to the roots of the book. The Mordor games have become stale quick and even though I liked the RTS games from LOTR something like this is just what the Rings games needed. Hope they do it justice.
  • It will be interesting to see how the put it all together story wise and where they start it. I'd like to see more of his back story of how he became Gollum in greater detail.
  • So it's going to be a stealth game, obviously.
  • Games with an unreliable/crazy protagonist can be terrific (e.g. Call of Cthulhu, Vampire: TMB) but a LOTR license puts some pretty serious limits on the idea. Plus... has anyone ever said "I wish I could be Gollum"?
  • Scarlett is the code name for the next gen Xbox broadly, not a code name for the rumored lower end device SKU. That's Lockhart.
  • Y'all updated this a year ago..?👀