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The Star Of The New Lord Of The Rings Game Is… Gollum?!

Make no mistake, the little rascal everyone loves to hate from the legendary Lord of the Rings franchise by J.R. Tolkien is getting his own solo game by German developer Daedalic.

A game or story that centres around the psychopathic hobbit Gollum hasn’t really been done before, so this will indeed be an interesting premise in and of itself. According to PC Gamer‘s interview with Daedalic, the game will take place before the events of the orginal novel series, when Gollum/Sméagol had already fallen into his current crazed, two-persona state, but before meeting the likes of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit.

Andy Serkis as Gollum.

Besides that, the Gollum solo game will be released sometime in 2021, hence the lack of teaser images and trailers. Being developed by Daedalic, this new Gollum game will not be related in any manner to the Warner Bros. film franchise, or their Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War action-stealth games, so this will be entirely new ground for the franchise, and its fans for that matter.

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” No one else is doing [Middle-Earth] games for consoles and PC at the moment”, mused Daedalic CEO Carsten Fitchelmann. “We’re concentrating on the character of Gollum [for this game], and we’re telling his story before we learn about what happens to him in the books. So it’s definitely new content that we’ll see.”

Gollum in Shadow of War, voiced by Liam O’ Brien.

Most famously, Gollum was depicted by Andy Serkis in the Academy Award-winning live-action Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, as well as the Hobbit prequel trilogy that came out in the 2010s. In games, Liam O’ Brien (World of Warcraft, Critical Role) lent his voice to replicate Serkis’ work on Gollum in the aforementioned Shadow of Mordor series.


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