The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum
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The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum Developers Talk About Its Branching Narrative

The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum developers Daedalic recently sat down with IGN to discuss various aspects of their upcoming next-gen title. The most interesting part of the whole conversation, to me, was the game’s branching narrative.

The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum Let’s You Choose Between Playing As Gollum Or Sméagol

“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,” said Lead Narrative Designer Tilman Schanen.

That doesn’t mean the game’s story will go completely off the rails, though. They’re still trying to stick closely to The Lord Of The Rings books. The game serves as a prequel to those stories, after all. So, Gollum’s fate isn’t going to drastically change from where he ends up in the books.

The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum
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Players May Meet Some Familiar Characters From The Books

At the same time, your decisions will affect characters within this game’s world. The choice between playing as Sméagol or Gollum may have hints of morality system as we’ve seen in other games. However, Schanen says due to the complex nature of the character it won’t be as straightforward. “It’s not as simple as, ‘Choose Sméagol to be good, choose Gollum to be evil’,” he said.

Schanen also mentions that we may see some familiar faces at various points throughout the game. “We cannot wait to talk about this but it’s still a bit early for that. Keeping in mind the scope and timeline of our narrative, we have to closely consider who Gollum would even be able to meet, where, and when,” he said.

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The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum
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Gollum Is A Fascinating Protagonist For A Game

I haven’t read The Lord Of The Rings books, but I’m a massive fan of the movies. Andy Serkis’ performance as Gollum is iconic, too. It’s unlikely that he’ll be back to work on this game, though. Still, it should be interesting to see how a game with Gollum as the playable character works. The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum, comes out in 2021 for the PS5, Xbox Series X and PC.

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