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Middle-earth’s 4th age comes to life in The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria

The post-war world of Middle-earth is ripe for exploration, and that’s just what fans will be able to do in The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria.

And they call it a mine

With none other than actor John Rhys-Davies in tow, Free Range Games and publisher North Beach Games has revealed a much deeper look at Return to Moria. Looking a fair shake different than past Lord of the Rings titles, Return to Moria focuses squarely on Durin’s folk, thee Dwarves. And as you can tell from the title, they’re on a post-War of the Ring quest to reclaim their ancestral kingdom of Moria.

But along with exploring the underground realm of the Dwarves, Return to Moria players will have to craft and build their way to glory. Well, that and survive. You know, Sauron might be gone, but there are still some terrors left in the deep.

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.

North Beach Games press release

Although there’s an emphasis on exploration, crafting and building, don’t assume that Return to Moria will be all peace and mining. There will be plenty of action as well, with “hordes of monstrous Orcs” to take on in “visceral combat”, and a mysterious “Shadow” that looms over the former kingdom.

Good thing you’ll have some pals on hand to help deal with all of that then. North Beach Games says that players can team up with up to 7 of their friends, for a fellowship of 8 as they delve deep into the underworld.

That’s something too, that you’ll be able to do this year, as The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria is scheduled to land on the Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PC (via Epic) some time this fall.

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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