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New Survival Game Lord Of The Rings Return To Moria Looks Like Deep Rock Galactic x Gimli

As part of the adjacent Summer Game Fest livestream events, Epic Games did their own thing to show off this year, and first on file was the reveal of a Lord Of The Rings game which, as a fan inactive, I’m really interested The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria is a multiplayer action survival game in which dwarves attempt to recover the most cursed mine of all fantasy cannons. It’s slated for release in Spring 2023 and will, of course, be an Epic Games Store exclusive.

It’s only a short trailer at the moment, but Return To Moria, due out next year, looks both moody and potentially memetic. Who doesn’t love screenshots of midgets doing stuff? Drums in the deep, guys! Look at those caves! Phwoor!

It’s set in the Fourth Age, which is the peacetime era immediately following the War of the Rings (which happens in the movies, basically), and players take on the role of a dwarf summoned to a proc-gen Moria by Gimli to recover lost loot. As you mine and dig, craft gear, etc., you might make too much noise and awaken the threats lurking below the surface. So it looks like Deep Rock Galactic but Tolkiened up – and with more survival in play.

A pair of dwarves in The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria stare into a deep but narrow cavern full of mist and mystery

I want to explore

The store page says it’s possible to play solo, but multiplayer seems to be the order of the day, and Return To Moria allows up to 8 people in co-op. There’s plenty of crafting and base building to do, some of which you might choose to do around the large existing structures in Moria, and in addition to searching for hordes of orcs, you have to manage food requirements , sleep and temperature. Mining: It’s intense. Looks like there’s also a story for lore bosses, plus enchanted gear (your classic glowing sword), mithril, and jewelry to unearth.

I’m a Lord of the Rings fan in the sense that I’ve read the books a lot and watched the movies (extended special editions with DVD commentary, take note), but I kind of got away from it all with the films The Hobbit being a bucket of piss served in three servings… But who hasn’t dreamed of being a hardened dwarf miner smashing orc heads and often screaming about axes? Even more fun that Return To Moria has a “Comprehensive Dwarf Builder” to create your custom character. Good product.

Yet, we are at the theory stage right now. The developers at Free Range Games have already worked on a few projects, but Return To Moria seems to be their first foray into this type of survival. I can’t wait to see this one in practice. Check out the Epic Store page for more.


E3 2022 isn’t in full swing – find out all about it in our E3 2022 hub, along with our full roundup of everything announced at Summer Game Fest 2022. Plenty of other great game showcases and streams are yet to come this summer, so make sure to stay up to date with our summer games broadcast schedule.

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