Adventure game specialists Daedalic Entertainment has announced what is probably the biggest deal in its history. The ink has dried on a deal which allows Daedalic to develop games based on the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit novels.
The first of these games is going to be The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, an adventure game based on the life of, well, Gollum, or Sméagol, if you want to get specific. This tells the tale of how Sméagol went from hobbit to cave-dwelling sad-act, all because of a pesky ring.
No doubt most of you are familiar with this tale already, although, for those who aren’t, I won’t delve too deep into the inner works. Daedalic has, nevertheless, insisted "this new title will remain true to the vision laid out in J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.” We can expect it to weave its own tale that’s distinct from the movies, which we should imagine comes as a welcome relief for some.
Players will step into the clammy feet of Gollum, telling “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".
Details are very scarce at this point, although it sounds as if development may only just be commencing. It’s being powered by Unreal Engine and will be coming to PC and "all relevant console platforms at that time" in 2021. PS5, Xbox Scarlett, Stadia, wink wink, nudge nudge.