Last year, you might recall a story about Daedalic Entertainment possibly bringing a game based on Tolkien's famous series The Lord of the Rings to the Nintendo Switch. Well, it seems it really is happening!
This new title sees the player take control of Gollum, and "mixes stealth with vertical climbing parkour" across "sets of levels and hubs" according to the lead game designer, Martin Wilkes. Here's what he had to say to IGN earlier this week:
"If you want a reference you might think of it as similar to Prince of Persia. It is mostly a non-combat game, but Gollum will be able to stealthily take out enemies. However, this will not be easy and always come with big risks. We want players to carefully weigh these encounters. After all, Gollum’s strengths lie in cunning not combat."
Lead narrative designer, Tilman Schanen, explained how decision-making and dialogue choices will also come into play:
"the decisions you make affect the way the game feels. You always either play as Sméagol or as Gollum as the 'dominant' persona and that can influence animations, soundscapes, certain gameplay situations, and in-game dialogue."
Although there's decision-making, the developer will stay true to the source material and says Gollum's fate is already "pretty-much determined" by the books, as the game is based on the original book license (not the movies).
"We start our story parallel to the first book when Frodo is still in the Shire and knows nothing about anything. Gollum at that time ventures to Mordor still desperately looking for Bilbo Baggins and the Ring. Unfortunately, he gets caught by Sauron’s servants and this is basically where our story begins."
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