Big-budget The Lord of the Rings: Gollum video game gets a 2022 release date

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"Story-driven action-adventure game" The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will ship this fall on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. Based on a gameplay video released last year, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum appears to be a stealth game like Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, or Metal Gear Solid. But unlike recent stealth games, it will be a linear affair rather than an open world. The Lord of the Rings: Gollum appears to be a bit of a wild card. But we'll all find out come September whether this game recaptures that long-lost The Lord of the Rings magic.


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