That said, if developers Monolith Productions took the lore too seriously, Gandalf and Sauron would be the only viable characters, being, you know, vastly powerful wizards and all. Luckily, they're taking some creative license with it.

"It feels right, without having to say alright, well obviously Gandalf will just destroy everybody in sight. You know, we're not going to design the game that way. So being able to take that and then balance everybody around those ideas is the key," Olander explained.

But isn't it kind of wacky that Gollum can beat up Gandalf? "Not for us," Olander replied. "I mean obviously it's a video game, right? So, you know, we're going to give everybody abilities and capabilities that match up well with others."