The Lord of the Rings: Gollum Developer Apologises For "Underwhelming" Release

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum Developer Apologises For "Underwhelming" Release

Matt Lorrigan

Daedalic Entertainment has apologised for the state of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum upon release, and has promised fixes.

Releasing last week, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum has the unfortunate honour of being the worst-reviewed game of 2023 on OpenCritic so far, and fans who have purchased the game have also voiced their displeasure at the state of the game at release, including plenty of technical issues.

In a statement, Daedalic Entertainment said that it wanted to “sincerely apologise for the underwhelming experience” that players had with the game at release, and that they “acknowledge and deeply regret that the game did not meet the expectations we set for ourselves or for our dedicated community”.

Daedalic says that The Lord of the Rings: Gollum was the “biggest challenge” the studio has taken on so far, and that the developer understands “that a game's success relies on the enjoyment and satisfaction of its players”.

“We genuinely value your feedback and have been actively listening to your voices, reading your comments, and analysing the constructive criticism and suggestions you have provided,” says the statement.

“Our development team has been working diligently to address bugs and technical issues many of you have experienced. We are committed to providing you with patches that will allow you to enjoy the game to its fullest potential.”

You can check out the full statement in on the game's official Twitter page. The poor critical reception doesn't appear to have severly hampered the game's sales, however, with The Lord of the Rings: Gollum charting at number two in the most recent UK retail charts.

  • Bet you are not sorry for the millions of pounds weve made you though eh. Sick of these excuses while charging £70
  • This is why I never buy a game day 1 and wait for a sale.
  • I'm not really sure the game can be fixed. Technical issues aside, I don't think I've seen or heard of any positives based on the gameplay itself. Can they make it playable? Sure... Can they make it good? Probably not.
  • This is why I have said and keep saying the video game industry has become such complete garbage as a whole.

    I’m talking MAYBE 1 or 2 good quality games a year anymore IF that.

    The 360 was the last golden age, since then it’s just been totally down hill.

    Especially when it comes to creativity/new ideas. Not only that, but the product ACTUALLY working properly WITHOUT multiple “patches”

    One of the only industries that can sell someone a product that is unusable on the purchase of sale. BUT their scape goat is oh just apply this “patch”

    ..shit is wild as fuck. It will never change though cause the $ keeps flowing like water.

  • @YourBurnStar - This game warrants criticisms for sure, as does much of the AAA space, but if you're playing 1-2 quality games a year then you're highly limiting yourself.

    There's plenty to be critical of in modern gaming, but in many ways it's a golden age right now especially for previously underepresented genres.
  • Who even asked for this game??

    Of all the characters in the Lord of the Rings not once have I wanted to be this characters.
  • @Yourburntstar is right about what he said. But @Dervius has also a big point to say that not only 2 games a year are good, but many more. And I am not talking about AAA games. Many indie games most of the time surpass in quality, fun factor and creativity those other AAA games.
  • Anyone that thought this title wasn't going to be utter crap was only fooling themselves.

    I think Yourbutnstar was referencing the large publisher games, and they certainly have dipped. if you are willing to look at smaller companies, there are still enjoyable games that come out, like you said
  • Not only that but I was also referring to the fact that during the 360 Era, they didn’t have the ability to apply updates until essentially the end of the 360’s life stage.

    Meaning, that game company’s actually had to do REAL WORLD testing of their products over and over until they knew it was actually a workable product on launch day.

    Fast forward to 2023, you just don’t have that at all. Why pay someone to test your product when you can be paid for your product have those who pay you test your product than you just have to say ( oh thanks for finding these issues out for us we will be rolling out a patch within the next couple days )

    All in all the customers get fucked multiple different ways, while the company’s SAVE money from not testing or finishing their products and GAIN money by still selling said product.

    Like I said above, you will NEVER find industry that is able to sell you a misleading unfinished product that doesn’t properly work the way it’s promoted to.
  • You will never find another industry******
  • Patch it all ya want. It's a PS2 Era Shovelware release that has no right existing.
  • Wasn’t even referring about this game at all. I haven’t played it, nor do I plan to because I never got into the LOTR franchise so I wouldn’t even understand anything if I did play it.
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