Lord of the Rings: Gollum game to release in 2021

Lord of the Rings: Gollum game under development at Daedalic Entertainment, to be released in 2021.
Gollum, as realised by Weta Digital. Photo credit: New Line Cinema

A new Middle-earth game will tell the story of Gollum in between his finding the One Ring and the start of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Under development at Daedalic Entertainment, the game will be released in 2021 on PC and "all relevant console platforms at that time", which may mean the PlayStation 5, next Xbox console and perhaps Google Stadia.

Lord of the Rings: Gollum will be based entirely on the books of JRR Tolkien, rather than just being inspired by them, like most recent Middle-earth games.

As portrayed in Sir Peter Jackson's films by actor Andy Serkis, the game's titular character will suffer a rather severe case of split-personality disorder.

"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," Daedelic CEO Carsten Fichtelmann told The Hollywood Reporter.

He also told media the game's combat will focus on stealth rather than hack-and-slash swordplay.

Lord of the Rings: Gollum is the first title to come from a new partnership between Daedelic and Middle-earth Enterprises, the company that handles licensing work for Tolkien's works.

Fichtelmann says the deal came as "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".

The game's release in 2021 means it'll be coming out the same year as Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV series.