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The Lord of the Rings Gollum has been delayed from its originally planned 2021 launch window to 2022.
The updated release window was confirmed in a press release on Tuesday, which also announced that developer Daedalic Entertainment has teamed with Nacon to co-publish and distribute the game for Xbox and PlayStation consoles, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Billed as a story-driven action adventure game, Gollum was first announced in March 2019, when Daedalic said it would “remain true to the vision laid out in J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and will also explore new events and details related to Gollum’s journey.”
It will detail less well known aspects of Gollum’s story, “from his time as a slave below the Dark Tower to his stay with the Elves of Mirkwood.”
The product description adds: “The decisions you make and the way you play have a direct influence on Gollum’s personality: Always struggling between the two sides embodied by Gollum and Sméagol, it is up to you to decide whether the darker side of Gollum takes over or if there is a spark of reason left in what once was Sméagol. One mind, two egos – you decide!”
The first screenshots of the game, which is powered by Unreal Engine, were published in May 2020. At the time it was described as a “sneaking game”, with a typical scene seeing Gollum creeping past orc guards and hiding under train carriages.