The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria, a new Lord of the Rings game, has been unveiled by independent developer Free Range Games and publisher North Beach Games, along with a debut trailer that showcases “the only survival crafting computer game set in the Fourth Age of Middle-earth.”
The game, which was first shown off during the Epic Games Summer Showcase at Summer Game Fest, follows the Dwarves of Middle-earth on an entirely fresh and unique journey to reclaim and rebuild their ancestral home of Moria.
The game is presently planned to be released on the PC on the PC only sometime in the spring of 2024. Also, as you may have guessed given that it was announced at the Epic Games Summer Showcase, it will be an exclusive to the Epic Games Store—at least initially.
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The CEO of Free Range Games, Chris Scholz, stated that,
“We at Free Range Games are very excited to finally reveal The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria. “We have a special place in our hearts for J.R.R. Tolkien and all of his creations in Middle-earth, and this project offers a wonderful chance to develop fresh experiences based on one of the best stories ever told. In order to give gamers an experience they won’t soon forget, we are investing a lot of enthusiasm into the game.”
In the game’s official description, it also says:
“The story of The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria takes players beyond the books and into the Fourth Age of Middle-earth, the fantastical world created by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Summoned to the Misty Mountains by Lord Gimli Lockbearer, players take control of a company of Dwarves tasked to reclaim the lost spoils from the Dwarven homeland of Moria-known as Khazad-dûm or Dwarrowdelf-in the depths below their very feet. Their quest will require fortitude, delving deep into the Mines of Moria to recover its treasures.
Players will join forces to survive, craft, build and explore the iconic, sprawling mines. Courageous expeditioners will need to be vigilant as mysterious dangers await.”
It is unknown at this time whether or when the game will be released on console systems. Having said that, we will update the narrative as necessary if any new information on this or any important details regarding the game is made available.