- by Guy Lambert
- entertainment reporter
The developers of the latest Lord of the Rings game, Gollum, have apologized after a huge backlash from players.
The action adventure allows players to play as Gollum in a series of missions and locations.
But the reviews have generally been negative and players have jeered online, criticizing the game’s technical aspects and stability.
Daedalic Entertainment has said that they are “deeply sorry” that the game did not meet expectations.
The release of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum comes six years after Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the last cross-platform open-world Lord of the Rings game.
But gamers have been taking to social media platforms like Twitter and TikTok to mock Gollum’s bugs and glitches, while also pointing out how expensive the game is to buy.
The game was created by Daedalic Entertainment, a developer best known for point-and-click adventure games, where the player typically controls their character through a point-and-click interface using a computer mouse.
Creating a large-scale game like Gollum presents a very different challenge and a huge international audience; something that the developers have recognized.
They said they consider creating a game set in Middle-earth “the greatest honor” and the “biggest challenge we’ve faced so far.”
In a sentence posted on Twitterthe developers said, “We would like to sincerely apologize for the disappointing experience many of you have had with The Lord of the Rings: Gollum upon its release.”
“We deeply acknowledge and regret that the game did not live up to the expectations we set for ourselves or our dedicated community.”
This isn’t the first time this year that game developers have apologized for underperforming new releases on next-gen consoles.
In April 2023, Respawn, the developers of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, posted an apology on Twitter due to the poor launch performance of the game on PC.
In 2020, CD Projekt Red issued an apology after his game Cyberpunk 2077 suffered major performance issues on PS4 and Xbox One.
pay for quality
The continued release of flawed video games has led to a growing debate about whether gamers are getting a fair exchange for their money.
The UK retail price of the game Gollum at initial release was £49.99.
In a 2023 interview, Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma indicated that Nintendo decided to delay The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom in March 2022, to an unspecified date in 2023, solely to clean up the game until it was finished. in the best conditions.
Aonuma told The Washington Post that he had to announce his delay, “to make sure everything in the game was 100% up to our standards.”
Daedalic has said that they will continue to work on the game to “address the bugs and technical issues that many of you experienced.”
“We are committed to providing you with patches that will allow you to enjoy the game to its full potential,” the statement continues.
“We understand that the success of a game depends on the enjoyment and satisfaction of its players.
“We really value your feedback and have been actively listening to your voices, reading your feedback, and considering the constructive criticism and suggestions you’ve provided.”