Daedalic Entertainment announced early in the year that we should not have false hopes – instead, they said they will release it in 2022, which is fair.
Daedalic has also confirmed that they signed a co-publishing and distribution agreement with the publisher that was known as Bigben Interactive for a long time before renaming themselves to Nacon. They will be the co-publishers, and they will also handle the distribution of the game. The reasoning behind the partnership is that it „ensures that the game will meet the expectations of fans of The Lord of the Rings and fully leverage the power of the new generation of consoles.” However, since it’s also coming to older consoles, they will still somewhat hold back the 2020 Sony and Microsoft consoles.
Here’s The Lord of the Rings: Gollum‘s description from its Steam page: „Athletic and agile, sneaky and cunning. Driven by the desire to once again hold in his hands what he lost, Gollum is one of the most fascinating characters in the world of The Lord of the Rings. He has seen things that others can not imagine, he has survived things that others would not dare mention. Torn by his split personality, he can be vicious and villainous as Gollum, but social and cautious as Smeagol. While being vital to the story by J.R.R. Tolkien, many parts of Gollum’s quest have not been told in detail yet. In The Lord of the Rings: Gollum you get to experience this story. From his time as a slave below the Dark Tower to his stay with the Elves of Mirkwood.
Use stealth, agility, and cunning to survive and overcome what lies ahead. Climb, leap, and grapple your way past dangers or into advantageous spots. While Gollum might not be a fighter, it is not unlike him to assassinate a careless enemy when the chance presents itself—or dispose of them in more creative and villainous ways. 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 Smeagol. One mind, two egos—you decide!”, the Steam page claims.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will be available in 2022 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.