The Lord of the Rings: Return To Moria Announced For PC

Gollum isn’t the only Middle-earth resident who is getting his own video game in the near future. During Summer Game Fest, Epic Games rolled out its own showcase that included our first look at The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria, a new adventure from indie developer Free Range Games and published by North Beach Games.

The new game will take place during Middle-earth’s Fourth Age and, as its title implies, stars the Dwarves of Moria as they set about reclaiming their namesake homeland (also known as Khazad-dûm or Dwarrowdelf) and restoring it to its former glory. Free Range describes the title as “the only survival crafting game set in the Fourth Age of Middle-earth.” Meaning that aside from combat, gamers must also put their treasure-hunting skills to the test as they search the mines for precious metals and artifacts. Additionally, they will use what they find in order to forge new weapons, bases, and more.

You can watch the trailer for the game in the player below.

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Players can also expect an appearance by Gimli, the dwarf warrior who was also a key member of the Fellowship of the Ring in J.R.R. Tolkien’s original Lord of the Rings trilogy. But instead of being a playable character, it sounds like he’s the one who will assemble a new party of Dwarves and task them with exploring their underground kingdom. Right now, the game is only in development for the PC. But it’s possible that a console port will be announced at a later date.

The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria will be released exclusively on the Epic Games Store in spring 2023.

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