If you’re interested in a new adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, follow Gollum in Mordor. He has a “precious” game for you.
An action adventure game
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is presented as an action-adventure game. In fact, the Daedalic and Nacon project is similar in structure and mechanics to the Styx series. We are in the presence of a linear adventure divided into chapters and itself divided into semi-open areas that Gollum must traverse unnoticed. The experience is based on the infiltration capacities and discretion of this unique being, who can easily evolve in levels with vertical architectures and ubiquitous darkness. Gollum hides in the shadows to escape the guards’ vigilance, but can also use his athleticism in platform phases worthy of the Uncharted series. There is no question of facing hordes of orcs and goblins here. Gollum cannot compete with brute force and needs to be shrewd to stealthily eliminate the threat. To be spotted is synonymous with escape, even death. However, he can rely on his hearing to recognize enemies without even seeing them. This ability is called “Sound Vision” by the developers. But be careful, Sauron’s forces aren’t deaf either. Noise in Mordor is to be avoided if you are in pain of death.
An official adaptation of the novels
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is an official adaptation of the saga that the British writer JRR Tolkien envisioned at the beginning of the 20th century. In this sense, this new adventure on Middle-earth enriches the lore of this fictional continent that has become the main theater of the events of the Lord of the Rings. However, this isn’t the franchise’s first official video game adaptation, far from it. About thirty video games, with no unofficial projects, add to an already very rich universe and give the regions of Middle-earth a fresh look. Among all these productions, we could quote the MMORPG The Lord of the Rings Online, the strategy game The Battle for Middle-earth II and, for the nostalgic, the text adventure The Hobbit published in the 80s, not to mention the action RPG Shadow of Mordor and its sequel Shadow of War. These two games are worth watching only because of their nemesis system.
A prequel to the Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is one of the many prologues in the novel trilogy. It thus covers some of the events that preceded JR R Tolkien’s flagship work. As a reminder: The Lord of the Rings takes place in the years 3018 and 3019 of the third solar age. Fans will understand. The game of Daedalic and Nacon begins in 3017 in the heart of the prisons of Barad-DUR. Gollum tries to escape Sauron’s residence and then flee Mordor. His journey through dark lands could end with the meeting of Frodo Baggins and Samsagace Gamegie and with it the return of his “precious” after more than 70 long years of absence. In 2941 a certain Bilbo Baggins found the One Ring in the heart of the Misty Mountain and left poor Gollum orphaned by this artifact. In level staging, this new adaptation should be structured around cutscenes that interrupt the character’s progress between two chapters or important events.
A schizophrenic journey
Gollum is unique in many ways, but most of all it is characterized by its mental health problems. His nearly 500-year-old wanderings in the Misty Mountains with only the one ring as company transform this old hobbit, who once lived in the Shire and was then hunted by his family for murder, into a strange and corrupt creature. During this half millennium, the cowardly Sméagol of his real name developed a second personality, much more mean and angry, the notorious Gollum. Daedalic’s internal studios want to take advantage of the main character’s schizophrenia. To this end, the developers ensure frequent exchanges between Sméagol and his alter ego Gollum and, above all, integrate a selection system whose effects on the adventure have yet to be determined. Whether you stay hidden in the shadows or eliminate a threat is up to the players. Note that the game’s gollum is mainly inspired by the gollum of the novels, rather than the Peter Jackson trilogy. The creature was then played by actor Andy Serkis.
Little information at the moment
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum announcement dates back to March 2019, and the least we can say is that the publisher and its in-house studios have proven stingy with information. With the exception of a trailer published in August 2020 and a few press releases here and there, the main actors have remained silent. However, the publisher came out of its silence early in 2021 to postpone the game’s release until 2022. Daedalic took the opportunity to reveal its partnership with Nacon, who will actually become an associate editor. This shift is justified by the desire to take full advantage of the power of the new generation consoles. It goes without saying that the Covid-19 pandemic could also have influenced the development of such a project, which, as we recall, will appear on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One and finally on Nintendo is releasing Switch. The most impatient gamers can already explore Middle-earth thanks to the movies, novels, and other video games that have been carried over from the franchise. The Lord of the Rings Adaptations By Silent_Jay, Jeuxvideo.com Journalist MPTwitter