Everything we know about The Lord of the Rings Gollum: Story trailer & platforms

Alec Mullins
An image of a location in game with the Lort of The Rings Gollum logoDaedalic Entertainment

Daedalic Entertainment and Nacon’s take on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings universe will put players in the shoes of Gollum, the ring-chasing Hobbit of the Third Age – so here’s everything we know about the game so far, from gameplay details to platforms and the story trailer. 

The Lord of The Rings: Gollum looks to explore the twisted tale of Smeagol, a hobbit whose lust for the One Ring takes him on a long and tiresome journey, changing him into a whole new creature.

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Set well before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring, this stealth adventure will take players on a true tour of the realm. From the misty Elven forests of Mirkwood, to the underbelly of Sauron’s personal fortress Barad-dûr, Gollum will be venturing well beyond the usual locales of Middle-Earth.


Gollum from the Lord of the Rings as seen in his very own video gameDaedalic Entertainment
Gollum looks to escape the chains that the nasty, nasty orcs have put on him

Do we know when LOTR Gollum is coming out?

Although Lord of The Rings: Gollum previously had a release date of Thursday, September 1, 2022, Daedalic and Nacon have delayed the game “by a few months” to allow for more “polishing.”

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The developer and publisher have since announced a new due date of May 25, 2023 for the PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S versions of the game. A Nintendo Switch version remains in production, though it won’t launch until sometime later in 2023.

The Lord of the Rings Gollum trailers 

Shown off at The Game Awards 2021, the first story trailer for Gollum gives players a look inside the warped mind and split personalities of its nefarious titular character.

Following on from the trailer release, an FAQ on the game’s Steam page went live on May 21, 2022, with a series of juicy details surrounding the story.

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“The story of the game largely takes place in parallel to the early chapters of The Lord of the Rings, from Gollum’s time in Mordor, his capture by Sauron and his interrogation by Gandalf.”

This was combined with the announcement that everything in-game will become LOTR  “canon” with the approval of Middle-earth Enterprises.

A full gameplay reveal then followed on July 7 as Nacon provided more than a minute of in-game action. More details on that below.

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What do we know about gameplay in The Lord of the Rings Gollum?

Staying true to Tolkien’s vision of the character, the game will see Gollum sneaking and deceiving his way through Middle-Earth. The iconic figure “must stay in the shadows,” as he said during the gameplay reveal trailer.

This means crawling through bushes, avoiding enemy sight lines, and generally staying out of trouble.

Our first look at gameplay revealed a range of both stealth and traversal features. Not only is Gollum an expert climber, but he’s crafty too. More than eager to throw rocks and distract enemies on his path.

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Daedalic hopes to mix discretion and agility in equal parts throughout the game. With a highlight on infusing stealth mechanics with an enhanced movement system.

Gollum gameplay showing him climbingDaedalic Entertainment
Gollum climbs around the overgrown vines that have taken control of a wall in Mirkwood.

So, there you have it – that’s everything there is to know about The Lord of the Rings Gollum at this time.

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Alec Mullins is an FPS writer focusing on Call of Duty and Apex Legends and their respective esports scenes. He worked at TheGamer before joining Dexerto. On the weekends, you'll find him watching the CDL and jamming to The Mountain Goats. You can find Alec on Twitter @LifeAsAlec