Last year it was revealed that a brand-new game based on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien would be releasing soon. Being both developed and published by Daedalic Entertainment, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, is expected to be dropping sometime next year.
In preparation for launch, the team at Daedalic today released the first batch of screenshots from LOTR: Gollum, and they’ve left players divided.
As you can see in the images [via Gamestar.de], the developers have opted for a pretty cartoony style for everyone’s favourite corrupted Hobbit. Gollum himself looks very cutesy in style, though the background and world designs definitely look decidedly dark and evil.
Not too many people have been impressed with the offerings. Hundreds of people have criticised Gollum’s appearance, while others have compared the images to the PlayStation 3 era of console gaming.
As always, you can’t judge a book by its cover. Judgement is best reserved until we get a little more to go off…maybe some gameplay, for example?
Earlier this year it was rumoured that LOTR: Gollum had run into some financial trouble.
According to reports from WCCFTech, Daedalic Entertainmen saw less-than-stellar sales of its current Steam Early Access game, A Year of Rain. As a result of the poor numbers, Daedalic Entertainment announced that any on-going development for A Year of Rain is being put on hold, which is also not good news for those 5,000 players that have invested in the game.
To add further concern, Bastei Lübbe, who owns 51% of Daedalic, revealed that the company’s current business model is “proving to be unsustainable” and that they will “therefore now examine all options for a re-positioning of Daedalic Entertainment and its business model.”
How much LOTR: Gollum has been affected is unknown. The game is due to launch in 2021 for next-generation consoles and PC.
Featured Image Credit: Daedalic Entertainment