After several months of delays and speculation, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum finally has a release date. Daedalic Entertainment and Nacon have confirmed that the game will launch on 25 May 2023 after it was reported that it was targeting a June release date.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is mostly stealth-focused and happens parallel to the events of The Fellowship of the Ring. Players control the titular character, Gollum, as they navigate the dark corners of Middle-earth including Mordor in search of the One Ring. The game will loosely adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s works but mostly tells its own original story, though will include familiar faces from The Lord of the Rings books.
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According to an early preview from Video Games Chronicle, the setting of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is its strongest draw but there’s some concern regarding its dated gameplay and story. Nonetheless, it should be a welcomed change of pace for any Tolkien enthusiast looking to get a different perspective on the adventures of Gollum and how the ring slipped out of his possession.
The fantasy stealth game will arrive on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC via Steam and Epic Games Store this May, which is right around the corner. A Nintendo Switch version is also planned though that will only release sometime later this year.
The official description provided on Steam reads:
“Athletic and agile, sneaky and cunning. Driven by the desire to once again hold in his hands what he lost, Gollum is one of the most fascinating characters in the world of The Lord of the Rings. He has seen things that others can not imagine, he has survived things that others would not dare mention. Torn by his split personality, he can be vicious and villainous as Gollum, but social and cautious as Sméagol.”
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum launches on 25 May 2023 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.