Sindarin Language in The Lord of the Rings: Gollum Locked Behind Paywall

Fans of The Lord of the Rings are eagerly anticipating the upcoming video game, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, set to release on May 25. However, some fans are not happy with the recent announcement that the Sindarin language will be locked behind a paywall, available only through the Precious Edition or as DLC. The Precious Edition will cost an additional £10 and come with several exclusives, including the Sindarin voice-over pack.

The Elvish language voice acting will be available to players who purchase the Precious Edition or buy the DLC separately after launch. The base game will likely have very little Sindarin spoken, saving it for the DLC. The publisher, Daedalic Entertainment, has marketed the Precious Edition as a bundle designed for Tolkien fans to immerse themselves in the world of Middle-earth.

The Precious Edition of Gollum will come with additional concept art, lore, and the game’s soundtrack. Both the standard and Precious Editions will also include “six exclusive emotes,” according to the announcement graphic. The standard edition will be priced at £49.99, while the Precious Edition will be priced at £59.99.

The announcement has received mixed reactions, with some fans upset about the paywall for Sindarin language, while others are excited for the additional content. As of now, the DLC is not available to purchase separately, but the official account has suggested it will be available after release. The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will be available on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation, with a Nintendo Switch release date yet to be announced.