He won’t make his gaming debut until 2021.
The Lord of the Rings franchise is ever expanding. You have the series that is coming soon as announce by Amazon. The original film trilogy finalized 16 years ago. Then we got The Hobbit films that did not go over well with fans. We now get word from Daedalic that they are hard at work on a new game The Lord of the Rings: Gollum.
The CEO of Daedalic, Carsten Fichtelmann was interviewed by PC Gamer. In it, he says we can expect to see the game sometime in 2021. That is obviously some time away. We are waiting for screenshots or some kind of artwork, but nothing at this point. We did, however, get the logo art. Daedalic has rights to the books and not the movies, so it will not be Andy Serkis’s take on Gollum. With what we know by their game Pillars of Earth, we are confident that they can handle Tolkien’s trickster.
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, Fichtelmann says. We will tell the story before he first appears in the books. 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.Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter
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