The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, the upcoming video game based on the troubled character from the fantasy series, was delayed to 2023 with no new release date set. It still doesn’t have a release date, but fans can expect the game to arrive before the end of September 2023.
In its latest earnings report, publisher Nacon announced that the game will launch in the first half of its fiscal year 2023-24, which means it’ll arrive between April and September 2023.
LOTR: Gollum fans have been waiting a long time. The game was originally expected to launch in 2021 before being delayed to 2022 and then to 2023. For its latest delay, developer Daedalic Entertainment thanked fans for their patience and said it needed more time to “deliver the best possible experience.”
LOTR: Gollum is a story-driven stealth-focused adventure game that is based on the character from J.R.R. Tolkien’s acclaimed Middle-earth stories. This game is specifically set during the first chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring, after Gollum loses the Ring to Bilbo.
A new look at LOTR: Gollum
“Gollum decides to leave the Misty Mountains and embark on a perilous journey that leads him from the dungeons of Barad-dûr to the realm of the Wood-elves in Mirkwood,” reads a line from the game’s description. “In order to survive the dangers of his journey through Middle-earth, Gollum has to sneak and climb and use all his cunning.”
There is also a “split personality” mechanic at play in the game, as Gollum must contend with the struggles of his own mind that bounces between Gollum and Smeagol. What’s more, Daedalic teased that “well-known characters” from the books will appear in the game, as well as “new faces.”
For more, check out GameSpot’s new video above, in which we cover seven things we learned about The Lord of the Rings: Gollum.
Beyond LOTR: Gollum, there are more Lord of the Rings games in the works. These include a survival crafting game called Return to Moria, and a new title from Weta and GTA company Take-Two’s indie games division. Additionally, Standing Stone continues to update and support Lord of the Rings Online, and the company recently outlined its “ambitious” 2023 plans, including a new expansion.
In other LOTR news, the Peter Jackson film trilogy will return to Netflix in February.