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News video games 01 August 2023, 12:38

author: Maciej Gaffke

Gollum's Few Loyal Fans on Steam Just Got a Big Update

Even though very few Steam users are playing The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, the developers have decided to release a sizable update that focuses on gameplay.

Source: Daedalic Entertainment

Two months have passed since the release of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum on PC and consoles. The period has been anything but a bed of roses. Nevertheless, the developers decided to release a major update for their game. The problem is that the title has very few active players left who could check the implemented changes - for example, in the last 24 hours the game on Steam was played by a maximum of.... 10 users.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum - changes implemented in patch 2.2

Daedalic Entertainment has revealed the changes included in patch 2.2. Below you will find some of the most significant new features introduced to the gameplay. All details of the update can be found directly in the announcement published by the developers. The basic changes include:

  1. changing DLSS mode from "disabled" to "automatic" to prevent stuttering and performance issues when playing with RTX but without DLSS;
  2. fixing a loading bug by which some elements of the environment could be missing;
  3. fixing a bug by which task markers could disappear after starting the game from the main menu;
  4. fixing a bug by which interactive objects become inaccessible after restarting;
  5. fixing bugs in checkpoints to improve stability and eliminate annoying gameplay imperfections.

As you can see, the developers have focused primarily on gameplay. For now, it's unclear whether we'll see improvements to other elements in the next update. Recall that Daedalic Entertainment has withdrawn from gamedev after Gollum's failure, so it might as well drop support for that title soon.

That's also how some people read the message at the end of the update announcement:

"We thank all players for their patience. We sincerely hope that the changes made will enable you to enjoy The Lord of the Rings: Gollum."

Gollum had only 10 players in daily peak

The decision to completely abandon Gollum by the developers would not be a surprise, especially since the game is recording low popularity.

  1. In the last 24 hours The Lord of the Rings: Gollum on Steam had a maximum of 10 users playing the game..
  2. The title's all-time activity record is 758 players (via SteamDB) and was reached two months ago, around the game's release day.
  3. Current reviews on Steam are mostly negative. Only 36% of the 331 reviews are positive.

The developers have already more than once apologized for the abysmal debut and quality of this title. Despite everything, many commenters still mention this game, along with Redfall from Arkane Studios, as the worst game released this year.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum was released at the end of May. The game has been released on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5; there are also plans to release the game on Nintendo Switch by the end of the year.

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