The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum Game Set For Release In 2021
We have some exciting news for fans of the Lord of The Rings trilogy, as it's been confirmed a new video game is in the works, but it's not like those that have come before.
Instead of focusing on the band of hobbits, Lord Of The Rings: Gollum will allow gamers to play as the creepy, lank-haired Sméagol and follow his journey to reclaim his 'precious'.
The firm behind the new game, Daedalic, has not disclosed much by way of actual content, but in an interview with the Star the company's CEO, Carsten Fichtelman, said it's still early days but they are focused on finding a way to differentiate it from the films.
He says whereas they offered a wealth of action, Lord Of The Rings: Gollum will centre mainly around the idea of 'stealth'.
"We are still discussing many things; we're even still discussing the graphics. It's our task to find out own vision of Middle Earth, which can't be the same as the movies.
"This shouldn't be too arty or artificial, as we also discussed how deep we should go into 'uncanny valley'. Since this is a game about Gollum, if you imagine gameplay, stealth is the obvious choice as opposed to combat with a sword," he says.
Adding: "We would really like to find a solution that is timeless. As Lord of The Rings has now been out there for more than 60 years, we'd like to create this first game about Gollum that will stand out for the next 20-30 years."
Such a statement could bode well for fans of the books and films, as it points towards a the possibility of a new virtual saga - much different to that which we have been introduced to in recent years.
In the past, other companies have tried their hand at a digital reincarnation of the series' best-loved characters, such as Sierra which was responsible for The Hobbit.
And like them, Carsten says Daedalic wants to stand out from the shadow of Peter Jackson's movies.
He said: "As mentioned, we need to find our own interpretation of Middle Earth. Peter Jackson went to the same people 20 years ago as I did in 2014. We then had discussions for some years and finally acquired the license.
"Of course, in the past, we have the Sierra, Warner Bros and Turbine with their own vision, but when it comes to the PC/Console premium, I am not aware of any other company in the industry with the license right now.
"Whatever happens from two years from now till the release in 2021, no one knows, but we need to find our own place in the universe and we only have good ideas for that."
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