The Lord of the Rings’ beloved character, Gollum, is set to receive a fresh retelling in a new PC game called The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. The game features additional visual effects obtained via Nvidia’s ray-tracing technology that promises to provide a high-end gaming experience for those with adequate hardware.
The 2022 trailer for the game received some criticism for its graphical performance, conveniently leading Nacon to delay the release of the game. Players with GeForce RTX hardware will benefit from Nvidia’s DLSS 3 & 2 upscaling technology. They can enjoy the highest possible frame rates with the ray-traced shadows and reflections.
The minimum GPU requirements for a standard 1080p and 30fps of the game on low to medium settings require graphics cards like the GTX 1060 or RTX 2060. Those willing to extend can resort to an RTX 3060 and above. Playing the game in 4k with ray tracing enabled will need a new 40-series Nvidia GPU (RTX 4080)
Players need a minimum of 6GB RAM and an Intel i5-6400 or an AMD Ryzen 3 1200 to run the game with low settings. The game’s recommended settings point at an Intel i7-4770 or an AMD Ryzen 5 1600, 6GB RAM along with RTX 3060 for a medium preset on a 1080p resolution with 60fps. High-resolution gaming requires an RTX 3070, and a 1440p resolution along with an Intel i7-4770 or an AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is needed. To run the game at maximum settings of 2160p and with ultra ray tracing enabled, the RTX 4080 requires an Intel i5-8400 or an AMD Ryzen 5 3600, alongside 16GB of RAM.
Release Date and Platforms
After multiple delays, The Lord of the Rings Gollum will release on 25th May on PS5, PS4, Xbox series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. Pre-orders have already begun, and the game is available in Elvish, but the exclusive version comes at an extra cost.
The storage capacity requirements for the game are only 45 GB, which is quite small compared to other games on the market. In comparison, you could install Gollum three times over in space occupied by Star Wars Jedi: Survivors.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum offers an exciting way to experience the beloved Middle Earth character. Despite the criticism seen in the 2022 trailer, the game is set to incorporate some impressive technological advancements via Nvidia’s ray tracing features. The requirements for optimal gameplay are high, but the experience will surely be worth it.