The Lord of the Rings: Gollum developer Daedalic Entertainment acquired by Nacon


Daedalic Entertainment, developer of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, has been bought by the game’s co-publisher Nacon.

The companies announced the acquisition yesterday evening to the tune of €53 million Euros. Nacon said the deal would enable Daedalic “to grow its awards-winning development team”. It also added that the move would “strengthen its position as a leading indie publisher” in a joint statement.

Daedalic has a few titles under its belt as both developer and publisher that Nacon get in the deal. These include the popular Deponia point-and-click adventure series, which had its most recent outing in 2016 with Deponia Doomsday. Then, in 2019 the studio revealed perhaps its highest profile project with its collaboration with Middle Earth Enterprises.

Announced in March of that year, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is set to follow the adventures of the treacherous Sméagol and his corrupted transformation into Gollum. You’ll get to decide which side of his personality you’ll follow as you explore Middle Earth from a new perspective. The game was delayed into 2022 last January, but we got to see some glimpses of gameplay last summer.

Carsten Fichtelmann, CEO and founder of Daedalic Entertainment, provides our quote on the deal. “Together with Nacon, we are now taking the next step to further develop our catalogue of games created by our own team as well as many incredible indie studios. We are looking back at a trusting and cooperative collaboration on The Lord of the Rings: Gollum and forward to an even brighter future together.”

Both parties are expected to close the deal later in 2022, subject to the usual conditions and approvals. Meanwhile, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is currently pencilled in for a “Fall 2022” release.

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