Daedalic Entertainment has secured a partnership with Middle-earth Enterprises to develop and publish The Lord of the Rings – Gollum, an action-adventure title for PC and console.
The new title will be the first video game born out of the new fellowship forged between Daedalic Entertainment and Middle-earth Enterprises, a division of The Saul Zaentz Company, that has shared its vision for more new experiences in the near future.
The game will remain true to the vision laid out in J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, while exploring new events and details related to Gollum’s journey. The Lord of the Rings – Gollum will be powered by Unreal Engine and will be localised into multiple languages.
“We are extremely pleased to announce our partnership with multi-award-winning Daedalic Entertainment, to build an innovative, lore-centric game for discerning fans of The Lord of the Rings,” said Fredrica Drotos, brand officer for Middle-earth Enterprises.
“With its focus on characters and story, enhanced by rich and evocative artwork, Daedalic is committed to ‘building games for readers who become gamers. We eagerly anticipate the release of Daedalic’s narrative-driven adventure gameplay, which is uniquely matched to the complex, deeply-nuanced world of Middle-earth, created by J.R.R. Tolkien.”
Carsten Fichtelmann, CEO and co-founder of Daedalic Entertainment, added: “The Lord of the Rings is one of the most epic and renowned stories of all time – it’s an honour for us to have the opportunity to work on our own contribution to this universe.
“In Gollum, players will assume the role of one of the most iconic characters in Middle-earth. We tell Gollum’s story from a perspective never seen before, in any storytelling medium, all the while staying true to the legendary books of J.R.R. Tolkien.
“At a time when the games industry is undergoing structural changes and seeing new business models evolve, we are excited to realise a huge new production based on a story that has stayed fresh and relevant for more than 60 years. Other currently planned media productions based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s work are testament to that.”