Lord of the Rings: Gollum, Studio Issues Apology for “Underwhelming Experience”

The game’s creator, Daedalic Entertainment, promised to keep trying to fix the myriad flaws.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum’s creator, Daedalic Entertainment, has issued a statement on the current state of the stealth action-adventure game. The Gollum game has received a lot of internet mockery since its debut, among other reasons because of how it looks. Because it “did not meet the expectations” of the team or the community, the developer is now apologizing.

Gollum, which takes place in between The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, has been overshadowed by its flaws. It has already received some of the worst reviews of 2023, and memes mocking its poor UI are currently taking over gaming communities. Gollum was also published with a host of bugs and other issues, including intractable puzzles, weak opponent AI, and button pushes that don’t register. It’s not easy for the corrupted Stoor hobbit, to put it briefly. It’s so bad that people have begun cooking it online.

Daedalic Entertainment stated that it really values the criticism it has received on Gollum’s numerous performance issues in a statement that was tweeted on May 26. After reading the feedback and complaints, the crew promised to keep “working diligently to address the bugs and technical issues many of you experienced.”

“Our goal as a studio, and as passionate The Lord of the Rings fans, has always been to tell a compelling and immersive story-driven adventure,” the team said. The statement continues:

The creators explained that the community’s “passion and dedication” is what keeps Daedalic Entertainment motivated to fix the game’s problems, and that they would keep everyone informed on the status of planned fixes and patches intended to fix Gollum’s myriad of problems. The studio ultimately wishes for gamers to accept their genuine apologies.

Due to its uninteresting UI and tiresome gameplay, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum launched on May 25 with a loud thud on PC, PS4/5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X. It has been so severely criticized that it now has a 36 score on Metacritic and a 42 score on OpenCritic, ranking it among the worst games of the year. With any luck, the tweaks Daedalic has in mind will help Gollum live up to everyone’s hopes.

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