The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is one of the worst AAA games to come out in recent years. Yet, Daedalic Entertainment will be pushing forward into a second attempt into J.R.R. Tolkien's storied universe.
The German-based game developer made the big leap and worked on a game outside of its comfort zone with The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. For that, the studio deserves props. But, what was supposed to be a significant milestone for Daedalic has since turned into the laughing stock of the internet at the moment and the nth example of studios thinking that they can get away with subpar products.
Gollum continues to rake up poor reviews due to poor writing, lackluster gameplay, and a litany of technical issues enough to make Sauron give up in his bid to try and take over Middle-Earth.
In response to these issues, Daedalic released a public statement apologizing for the game's subpar state. The studio wants fans to know that it will address what's wrong with Gollum.
But, how do you fix a game that's innately broken?
At this point, only Daedalic knows. However, while it's busy at least getting Gollum to run properly, Daedalic has already set its sights on a new project.
According to an entry in the database of projects set to receive a subsidy from the German government, Daedalic's next Lord of the Rings game will feature a story told from the perspective of a unique character. It will explore new regions with the lead character influencing the events of this said world in their own way. It's described to be a story-driven, 3D-action-adventure game that will receive a total funding of a little over 2 million Euros.
This revelation has naturally been met with anticipation and skepticism. Even if Daedalic gets Gollum running again, it's so bad that no one will bother playing it unless it's sold for a massive discount.
It'll be difficult for Daedalic to shed the negative reception of Gollum as a technical and design disaster, especially since the studio is best known for point-and-click adventure games.
According to the list, the untitled Lord of the Rings game is scheduled to launch sometime in the second half of next year.