Daedalic Entertainment has issued an apology for the poor performance of its game, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, which has been met with ridicule and negative reviews. The statement acknowledged that the game did not meet expectations and that the team is working to address the bugs and technical issues that players have experienced. The game is set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and has been criticised for its appearance, user interface, and insipid enemy AI. The developers said they will keep players updated on the progress of upcoming improvements and patches to fix the game’s issues.
Developer Daedalic Entertainment has released a statement on the state of its stealth action-adventure game, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. Since release, the Gollum game has been met with much ridicule from the internet thanks to its appearance, among other things. So now, the developer is apologizing for the fact that it “did not meet the expectations” of the team or the community.
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Gollum, which is set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, has been overshadowed by its shortcomings. It’s already one of the worst-reviewed games of 2023, and gaming communities are currently being overrun with memes making fun of its bad UI. Gollum was also released while riddled with bugs and other woes, from unsolvable puzzles to insipid enemy AI to button presses that fail to register. In short, it’s rough for the corrupted Stoor hobbit. So rough that it’s been getting cooked online.
As mentioned in Kotaku, in a statement tweeted on May 26, Daedalic Entertainment said it genuinely values the feedback it’s received about Gollum’s copious performance problems. The team has read the comments and concerns, vowing to continue “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:
Crafting a story with Middle-earth as our playground has been the greatest honor—and the biggest challenge we have faced so far. At Daedalic, we understand 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 analyzing the constructive criticism and suggestions you have provided. Our development team has been working diligently to address the bugs and technical issues many of you experienced. We are committed to providing you with patches that will allow you to enjoy the game to its fullest potential. Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience caused, and we appreciate your understanding during this time.
The developers said they will keep folks updated on the progress of upcoming improvements and patches meant to straighten out Gollum’s plethora of issues, clarifying that the community’s “passion and feedback” are important to them. The statement ended with a promise to “continue to work hard to ensure that we deliver a game that lives up to both our standards and yours.”
It’s not often that a developer publicly apologizes for a game’s shortcomings, but it’s a good sign that Daedalic Entertainment is taking the criticism seriously and working to fix the issues. The Lord of the Rings franchise is beloved by many, and fans have high expectations for any game that bears its name. With this apology and promise of improvement, it’s possible that Gollum could eventually live up to those expectations.
In the meantime, players will have to wait for the patches to roll out and hope that they address the game’s many problems. It’s not an ideal situation, but it’s better than being stuck with a broken game. Hopefully, Daedalic Entertainment will learn from this experience and take steps to ensure that future releases are more polished and well-received by fans.
In the endgame, the apology from Daedalic Entertainment is a step in the right direction. It shows that the developer is committed to improving the game and making it the best it can be. With any luck, Gollum will eventually become a game that fans can enjoy without reservation, and the Lord of the Rings franchise will continue to thrive in the world of video games.