Today at the Future Games Show, Daedelic Entertainment revealed that The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will release on Switch in late 2021. If you haven’t followed the game at all up until now, catch up with the demonstration trailer directly below.
According to a recent article by IGN, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum promises an intriguing approach to stealth not unlike the Prince of Persia games. During stealth gameplay, players will sneak around and utilize “vertical climbing parkour” to avoid the massive, brooding beasts of Mordor. Players will explore a variety of areas, ranging from fully open to more linear, and will gradually discover new routes and paths forward as they dissect the world surrounding them.
As you may have pieced together by now, combat won’t be too much of a focus in The Lord of the Rings: Gollum – while Gollum can stealthily eliminate an enemy or two, doing so is quite risky. When players need to thin or distract the enemy horde, they’ll have to rely on throwable items, environmental hazards, and the abilities of “special allies.” “Special allies” will likely include some familiar characters from The Lord of the Rings, according to lead narrative designer Tilman Schanen, who says that Gollum’s encounters throughout the story will be shaped by who Gollum could logically meet based on what we already know of his journey from the novels.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum isn’t all stealth gameplay, though. There’s a heavy focus on narrative decision-making as well. Gollum will make important choices, which will include selecting from dialogue prompts offered by both his Sméagol personality and the more sinister mind of Gollum, corrupted by the One Ring. In addition to dialogue, whichever personality players select as the “dominant personality” influences animations, sounds, some gameplay elements, and ultimately, the narrative itself – though, those narrative boundaries are still limited by the original source material.
For more on The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, check out the full interview by IGN. In the meantime, have you added the game to your radar now that it’s coming to Switch? What do you think of what we know so far? Sound off in the comments below.