The Lord of the Rings: Gollum has been delayed from its September 1st release date.
Developer Daedalic Entertainment announced the delay yesterday, confirming that the game requires “more time for polishing” before it is ready for release.
“Daedalic Entertainment and NACON would like to thank all players for their patience and support so far,” the press release said. “During the past several years, the team has been working hard to share our vision of a remarkable story, set in a breathtaking world, filled with magic and wonder. We are dedicated to meeting our community’s expectations and uncovering the untold story of Gollum in a way that honors the vision of J.R.R. Tolkien.
“That being said, in order to deliver the best possible experience, we have decided to push the release of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum by a few months.”
A new release date has yet to be confirmed for the game, though a window of a few months would sit it firmly in the holiday season around November and December. Given the launch of major titles including God of War: Ragnarok and the next Call of Duty are scheduled for November, Gollum’s action-adventure could be facing some tough competition close to release.
A recent gameplay trailer received a less-than-stellar response from most online commentators. Many compared the footage shown to the visual and gameplay expectations of the PS2 era.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum follows the titular ring-craving creature as he sneaks through Middle Earth while tracking his one and only precious. Gollum must use stealth to sneak past orcs, goblins, elves, and other creatures, hiding in the shadows and distracting dangerous enemies to find a way forward. Gollum must also balance his split personalities, helping them work together and utilizing their strengths to overcome certain challenges.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is set to release on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch.