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'The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum' - First Look At Next-Gen Game Emerges Online

'The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum' - First Look At Next-Gen Game Emerges Online

If you've been waiting for news on the upcoming, next-gen game, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, you're in luck. And while it's not anything new gameplay-wise, it seems a handful of screenshots have emerged on the German website GameStar (and reposted on ResetEra), and you can take a peek at a few of them further down.

It's been a while since we've heard any news on The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, an action-adventure game from Daedalic Entertainment that was first announced back in March 2019. As the title suggests, instead of focusing on the hobbits from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the game will instead concentrate on Sméagol and follow his journey.

Credit: Daedalic Entertainment
Credit: Daedalic Entertainment
Credit: Daedalic Entertainment
Credit: Daedalic Entertainment
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As far as gameplay goes, we know very little but it seems that the game is going to involve a lot of stealth gameplay. In an interview last year, Daedalic's CEO, Carsten Fichtelmann said: "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'," continues Fichtelmann. "Since this is a game about Gollum, if you imagine gameplay, stealth is the obvious choice as opposed to combat with a sword. 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."

Credit: Daedalic Entertainment
Credit: Daedalic Entertainment

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And while we don't know anything further about gameplay or a possible release date - other than it's due out sometime in 2021 - it's good to see some imagery to get an idea of how the game will look and what sort of atmosphere we might expect.

Taking on a game based on The Lord of the Rings is no small undertaking. Aside from the popularity of the books, the movie trilogy casts another shadow. But Daedalic seem to be happy to take on the challenge. "As mentioned, we need to find our own interpretation of Middle-earth," added Fichtelmann. "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.

"Whatever happens [...] 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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The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is due out sometime in 2021.

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Sarah James

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