During the Epic Games Summer Showcase, independent developer Free Range Games and publisher North Beach Games announced The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria, a survival crafting game set in the Fourth Age of Middle-earth. The game follows a group of dwarves on an original adventure to reclaim their homeland of Moria following the death of the Balrog.
Each expedition will be unique and traversable solo or online with companions, featuring a procedurally generated Dwarven realm. Excavate the mysteries of three legendary mountains, extract precious metals, scrape to survive, and battle unspeakable forces to learn the secret of the Shadow that looms within.
To thrive in the Mines of Moria, players must conserve resources, hunt and gather for food, sleep on time, and manage their temperature and noise levels (if you make too much noise, dormant threats will awaken). Use dynamic light systems to blaze your way further into the darkness and battle unspeakable evils, hordes of monstrous Orcs in visceral combat.
The developers want to keep Tolkien’s lore alive throughout The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria and said that more of it will be accessible as you venture deeper into the Mines of Moria. The developers also revealed that the game will feature different procedurally generated mines that will change on each server, allowing for more exploration and lore.
Return To Moria Announcement Trailer
A new trailer for The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria has shed light on some of its core gameplay mechanics. The game will feature a procedurally generated Dwarven world, meaning every adventure is unique.
To survive, players will have to conserve resources, hunt for food, gather for water, and manage their sleep, temperature, and noise levels. They’ll also have to utilize dynamic light systems to guide their way through dark depths.
Mining ore, forging weapons, crafting tools, and building bases all create noise that attracts the attention of the sinister Shadow. This force drove the Dwarves from Moria long ago. In addition, it’s important to manage the lighting in the mines to avoid the dangers lurking there.