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The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria is a procedurally generated co-op game in which players form a company of dwarves to venture into the ancient kingdom for riches and fame. Players will mine for resources, use a crafting system to upgrade weapons and armor, build bases, and fend off the denizens of the deep. The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria will launch exclusively on PC in 2023 via the Epic Games Store.

Reclaim the Dwarven homeland of Moria

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.

Set in a procedurally generated Dwarven realm of Moria, no two adventures will be alike, and every expedition is traversable either solo or online with companions. Players can mine to craft greater gear and resources, but beware mining makes noise, and noise created in the quiet deep threatens to awaken the dangers below: where there’s clatter, there’s combat. 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 lurks within.

Key Game Features:

-Feel the Fellowship: Experience the Fellowship of the Dwarves like never before, with the rich lore of the iconic fantasy world from J.R.R. Tolkien interwoven into the very fabric of The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria.

-Survive the Dark: To survive the treacherous Mines of Moria players must conserve resources, hunt and gather for food and manage their sleep, temperature and noise levels. Utilize dynamic light systems for safety and to blaze a path further into the darkness. Battle unspeakable evils and survive hordes of monstrous Orcs in visceral combat, while uncovering the secret of the Shadow that looms within the mountain.

-Base Building: Find solace from the darkness. Reveal and clear new locations to create architecture on a grand scale. Get creative and construct bases from scratch or build upon the existing environment. Beware the evils which seek to destroy Dwarven progress.

-Rebuild and Reshape Moria: Restore the long-lost ancient kingdom of Khazad-dûm to its former glory, recovering Dwarven landmarks as the story progresses. Resurrect old mines and refire their forges to yield their untouched resources.

-Explore: Delve into the depths of the Mines of Moria. Procedurally generated environments are abundant with resources and fraught with mystery and danger, providing a unique experience each and every time.

-Co-op Multiplayer: Adventure alone or band together with friends in online cooperative multiplayer with up to eight players.

-Craft Dwarven Tools, Weapons and More: Craft and loot legendary Dwarven armor, tools, weapons and structures. Rebuild ancient forges to strengthen, repair and enchant gear. Upgrade and unlock new technologies and fantastical machines.

– Uncover Magic Artifacts: Discover ancient magic items including swords that glow when Orcs are near, maps of long-dormant Mithril veins, books with forgotten crafting plans and amulets that give strength or wisdom.

-Mine Ore and Jewels: Establish mines to unearth deposits of precious resources such as iron, gold, and quartz; and fantastical materials such as Mithril. Access crafting stations and forges to convert ore to ingots and upgrade gear. But be prepared, mining is loud and can awaken what lurks in the darkness.

-Comprehensive Dwarf Builder: Players become part of Dwarven Legend as they create their own Dwarf in the custom character creator. Dwarves can be customized in a variety of ways to create a unique Dwarven identity. Then, during gameplay, players can find and craft armor and weapons to further enhance their unique style.

Source: The Lord of the Rings: Return To Moria

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Peter Brosdahl

As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my...

7 comments

  1. Looked a bit like Deep Rock Galactic with some base building? I saw some dwarves walking around, I saw the mining bit - the building/crafting part was just kinda glossed over (I guess it showed someone pounding something...)
  2. Seems to be shooting themselves in the foot. Why limit it to dwarves? It would be much more interesting to choose your race from the world.
    Because Deep Rock Galactic is just dwarves?

    Also, there's the MMO that's still running fairly strong if you want to pick your own race type thing -- the graphics are a bit dated these days though. Gollum is due out soonish, later this year I think? And the two Middle Earth games, which were not bad, but totally different gameplay.

    Amazon was supposed to also have a new MMO from LOTRO, but it fell out last year.
  3. Because Deep Rock Galactic is just dwarves?
    What does that have to do with this?
    Also, there's the MMO that's still running fairly strong if you want to pick your own race type thing -- the graphics are a bit dated these days though. Gollum is due out soonish, later this year I think? And the two Middle Earth games, which were not bad, but totally different gameplay.
    So if one older game has it no other should? I don't understand the logic. It would make the game more interesting if all major races from the books were playable.
  4. What does that have to do with this?

    Because it's the game that it's a loose ripoff of?

    Other races didn't really mine in the lore, at least no where near to the extent the dwarves did, so it makes sense for a LOTR game about mining to be about dwarves. I'm just providing you options if you can't stand dwarves but like lord of the rings.

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