Lord of the Rings: Gollum is nearly here, with the Middle Earth-based sneak-em-up arriving this May.
That might come as a bit of a surprise, since Lord of the Rings: Gollum has been delayed twice but it’s absolutely something to look forward to. We got an extended look at it back in May of last year, and came away suitably impressed. Though, at that time, it was set for a September 2022 release.
It’s now scheduled for a May 26th release and to whet your appetite, developer Daedalic Entertainment and publisher Nacon have released a dramatic new story trailer. Aside from teasing the return of Sauron and giving us a look at Gandalf, it also introduces some new players.
There’s a character who appears to one of Sauron’s high lieutenants, though he’s not Nazgul or anything along those lines. And there’s a female elf who, for a brief period at least, will travel with Gollum. Could she be the one to redeem him, to rescue him from his grim path?
The answer is, unfortunately, no. Lord of the Rings: Gollum covers the narrative ground between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings but you know it’s not going to end well. Daedelic states that you can choose to lean into Gollum’s dark side or channel the softer Smeagol. But you’re not going to rid Gollum of his attachment to his now lost ring.
You will, at least, get to sneak your way round some Middle Earth locations. In the Lord of the Rings movies, he sometimes comes across as a comedy character. But, as underlined by the above trailer, he’s absolutely dangerous.
Barring any further delays, Lord of the Rings: Gollum arrives on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC this May 26th.