The developers of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, Daedalic Entertainment, have issued an apology following the game’s poor reception. The game was released in May 2023, but was met with negative reviews due to its poor technical state and overall design.
Daedalic Entertainment expressed deep regret that the game did not meet player expectations or live up to the pedigree of the Lord of the Rings franchise. In a statement, they acknowledged the disappointment that many players had experienced and apologized for any disappointment caused. The studio’s goal has always been to tell a compelling and immersive story-driven adventure, and crafting a story with Middle-earth as their playground has been the greatest honor and biggest challenge they have faced so far.
The Way Forward
Daedalic Entertainment has spent the time since the game’s release reading comments, analyzing constructive criticism, and gathering reports of issues to be addressed in upcoming patches. They have committed to fixing the many technical bugs identified in the game, in the hopes of allowing players to enjoy the game to its fullest potential.
The Challenges Ahead
However, it remains unclear how far-reaching these planned updates will be, given the plethora of issues with the game that go far beyond simple bug fixes. Many reviews criticized the game for its menial task-based gameplay, slim story, nonsensical mechanics, muddy graphics, and poor stealth design – all fundamental aspects that will be difficult to resolve.
Daedalic Entertainment’s apology shows that they take their fans’ feedback seriously and are committed to fixing the issues with The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. The studio faces significant challenges ahead in addressing the multitude of problems with the game, but their commitment to improving it will be welcomed by fans.