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The Lord of the Rings: Gollum Has Been Delayed

The Lord of The Rings: Gollum has been delayed, which is bad news if you were looking forward to spending time with your precious.

After May’s hands-off preview, we were excited to feast our eyes on previously unseen areas of Middle Earth. However, developer and co-publisher Daedalic Entertainment has confirmed that it won’t be making its September 1st release date.

The news came yesterday, via the official The Lord of the Rings: Gollum Twitter account. Daedalic stated that, “…in order to deliver the best possible experience, we have decided to push the release of The Lord of The Rings: Gollum by a few months. We will update you with an exact timing in the near future.”

So, it seems like Daedalic are holding the game back to give some extra polish; certainly, we felt that the stealth sections could do with a little work. It’s also possible that co-publisher Nacon and The Tolkein Estate had some input into this decision.

Who? The latter is the legal body that oversees and defends the use of J.R.R. Tolkein’s work. Even if you paid them a zillion dollars, they still wouldn’t let you film Frodo Does a Big Poo. So if they looked at Gollum and found it wanting, they could be within their rights to put their foot down.

Whatever the reason, Daedelic have yet to confirm a new release date, which is a little worrying. “A few months” could mean two months, ten months – we could well be looking at a 2023 release. Amazon still have the game listed as a September 1st release date and we suspect that, without an updated release date, there’ll be a few cancelled pre-orders.

We’ll let you know when you hear more. For now, if you were looking forward to stepping into the non-existent shoes of The Lord of the Rings’ ring-coveting, cave-dwelling creature, you’re going to have to lurk in the shadows a while.

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.