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24 August 2020 16:35

The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien Gollum

Watch: First Teaser Trailer For The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum

The first teaser trailer for the upcoming stealth adventure game The Lord of the Rings: Gollum gets right to the point in sending Gollum into the desolate land of Mordor. From Daedalic Entertainment, a studio with a long list of smaller adventure, tactical, and puzzle games under its belt, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum puts the decrepit, ring-poisoned old hobbit in the center of the story. In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz in 2019, Daedalic CEO Carsten Fichtelmann said that the game would fall under the action adventure genre, have some focus on the creature's two personalities, and fill in some of the gaps that are present in Gollum's story. This teaser doesn't give us anything to go on gameplay-wise, but there are some references that stick out strongly here. It begins in a cave, which is possibly the same cave where Gollum first met Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit and lost the One Ring.

There are some drawings on the cave walls, one of which is likely a reference to the moment when Gollum (then known as Smeagol) killed his brother when they found the One Ring, and another depicting a run-in with a giant spider, probably Shelob. And then of course there's the sweeping landscape of Mordor, which Gollum spent some time in on multiple occasions, complete with an active Mount Doom and Sauron's tower, Barad-dûr. There is no release date announced yet for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. Previously revealed for Xbox Series X and PS5 earlier this year, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum has reemerged with a new teaser trailer and gameplay details for the stealth-based title. Playing as Smeagol/Gollum, you'll explore a new story that starts in parallel with Frodo's, albeit on a different side of Middle-earth entirely.

You'll make decisions that align with one of the character's personas as they fight for control, influencing some visual changes and the branching storyline as you progress. "Also, the decisions you make affect the way the game feels," explained lead narrative designer Tilman Schanen in an interview with IGN. "You always either play as Smeagol or as Gollum as the 'dominant' persona and that can influence animations, soundscapes, certain gameplay situations, and in-game dialogue." Gollum isn't strong but instead crafty, which will give you some opportunities to take out enemies in an otherwise predominantly stealth-focused gameplay. Some enemies can be taken down with stealth attacks or lured into dangerous parts of the environment, some of which might feature familiar characters that can aid Gollum on his journey. "It is mostly a non-combat game, but Gollum will be able to stealthily take out enemies," explained lead game designer Martin Wilkes.

After all, Gollum's strengths lie in cunning not combat." The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is set to launch sometime in 2021 exclusively for next-generation consoles and PC. Gameplay will only be shown in 2021, according to developer Daedalic Entertainment. The first CG teaser trailer for the upcoming video game The Lord of the Rings: Gollum from Daedalic Entertainment has officially been released. Though it was announced last year, not much has been shared about the title ever since with the largest reveal being several screenshots from a German magazine back in May. The teaser trailer is relatively brief but it does seem to indicate that Daedalic is ready to start offering more insight into the game. In the teaser trailer, which you can check out above, Gollum is shown in a cave, and he emerges to look out on what appears to be Mount Doom, the volcano in which the One Ring is eventually destroyed in The Lord of the Rings.

The game itself is a prequel to the books, and it is known that the stealth-action video game will be heavy on narrative and follow Gollum/Smeagol from his own perspective. IGN's story on the teaser trailer, which is exclusive to the outlet, includes some further details as well. "The Lord of the Rings is one of the most epic and renowned stories of all time - it's an honour for us to have the opportunity to work on our own contribution to this universe," Carsten Fichtelmann, CEO and Co-Founder of Daedalic Entertainment, stated when the title was first announced. We tell 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." The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is scheduled to launch for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC in 2021. You can check out all of our previous coverage of the upcoming video game from Daedalic Entertainment right here.

What do you think about the upcoming Gollum video game? Let us know in the comments, or hit me up directly on Twitter at @rollinbishop to talk all things gaming! Gollum, the upcoming game on PS5 and Xbox Series X, has come closer into view, with a new first-look trailer and a number of new details from development studio Daedelic about the Lord of The Rings spin-off game (via IGN). In an interview, lead narrative designer Tilman Schanen talks about the narrative choices between Gollum and his Sméagol alter-ego, both of which the player will need to control and utilize to navigate their way through the game. "It's not as simple as, 'Choose Sméagol to be good, choose Gollum to be evil'," Schanen says. "Our first rule is to stay true to the character (or our interpretation of him at least). Since you play two personalities in one character, choosing sides will give you some control. It's this description of the character's internal conflict – and how it will influence a branching narrative – that gives us the most insight into the game, with the (rather dull) CGI trailer below not offering anything in terms of in-game levels, navigation, or combat. Sauron's Eye also looks surprisingly pedestrian, more 'telecommunications tower' than 'fearsome overlord'. The thought of grappling with Gollum's warring psyches for different outcomes is, however, somewhat undermined by the inevitability of the story, as Schanen reminds us: "In the end, of course, Gollum's fate is pretty much determined by the books." Lord of The Rings meets Prince of Persia There's plenty of interesting commentary in the interview, including comparisons with the wall-running and verticality of Prince of Persia, and description of stealth-heavy gameplay that will largely involve avoiding combat – unlike, say, the excellent Shadow or War or Shadow of Mordor games on the current generation of PlayStation and Xbox consoles. With a Lord of The Rings TV show coming to Amazon Prime Video, too, there's plenty to geek out on in the coming years – though there's nothing so far about Gollum that really makes it stand out as a next-gen must-buy right now. Let's hope we're more impressed when we get a better look closer to launch... The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, Daedalic Entertainment's ambitious action-adventure game that'll have players assume control of Middle-earth's former Ring Bearer, finally has a trailer to call its own. Released earlier today, the footage, barely a minute long, doesn't show any gameplay, though audiences are treated to a cinematic spectacle featuring some very familiar sights, with the unmistakable Mount Doom among them. Without any gameplay to speak of, it's tough to say just how similar the final product will be in terms of art style and visual aesthetic to the clip above, though thanks to some new details provided to IGN, we at least have a better idea of what the story will entail. Daedalic CEO Carsten Fichtelmann reveals to the site that: In Gollum, players will assume the role of one of the most iconic characters in Middle-earth. We tell 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. Daedalic Reveals First Images For The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum Game 1 of 12 Click to skip MORE FROM THE WEB Click to zoom The concern that many still have, of course, is the level of engaging gameplay, or lack thereof, that Gollum will have, or whether this is, for want of a better term, more of a walking simulator intended to give Tolkien fans a new perspective on Middle-earth. The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is scheduled for release in 2021 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and PC, and will explore the fractured psyche of its star character following his separation from the One Ring. Screenshots released earlier in the year (gallery above) showcase how this system is intended to work, though it's worth noting that Daedalic is far away from delivering a finished product, so anything could change.