Daedalic Entertainment began to be a questionable studio when a new report emerged that made numerous accusations about how toxic the entire workplace is and that the company did not compensate its employees fairly, forcing them to work overtime without pay. Daedalic also reportedly pays its employees less than minimum wage. There are so many accusations that it is becoming increasingly clear why The Lord of the Rings: Gollum became a major commercial failure.
After the report of IGNa German publication called Game Two uploaded a video on YouTube titled “Why Gollum Had to Fall.” The 40-minute documentary looks at allegations from its current and former employees, especially those who worked on the game. It was also revealed that the budget for Gollum was around 15 million euros, which translates to 15.9 million dollars just for a game considered AAA.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum was a commercial and critical failure that led Daedalic Entertainment to face a large amount of backlash from the gaming community, relentlessly criticizing its overall poor quality, forcing them to stop creating games. in June 2023.
Another incident emerged in which Nacon allegedly used an artificial intelligence tool to compose his apology letter for Gollum’s great failure that was published in May 2023. According to the second game of IGN’s report, Daedalic was not aware of the apology letter that his editor posted publicly.
It’s sad to see the current state of Daedalic Entertainment, as they have produced and distributed decent games in the past, such as Edna and Harvey: The Escape and Silence.