The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria

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The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria
Video game
DeveloperFree Range Games
PublisherNorth Beach Games
PlatformMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S
Release date24 October 2023 (PC)
5 December 2023 (PlayStation)
Early 2024 (Xbox)

The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria is an online survival-crafting video game for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S. It is set after the events of The Lord of the Rings, during the Fourth Age when the Dwarves attempt to retake the ancient city of Moria. It is the first licensed video game that will be set mainly in the Fourth Age.[1] The game released on 24 October 2023 on Microsoft Windows, with the PlayStation 5 release delayed to 5 December that year. The Xbox Series X/S version is expected to be released in early 2024.[2]

Plot

During the Fourth Age, summoned to the Misty Mountains by Lord Gimli, a company of Dwarves are tasked with reclaiming the lost spoils from the Dwarven homeland of Moria. As the Doors of Durin won’t open, they resort to using blasting fire to break their way into Moria. As it turns out though, the floor caves in and the protagonist is trapped to find shadow runes sealing the doors shut from the inside. The protagonist is then left with the task of making their way to the other side of Moria and the east gate as an escape

Gameplay

The gameplay is that of an average survival/crafting game. The player can build forges and furnaces to smelt materials and craft equipment. As the player progresses they will access new areas with rarer ores and better equipment. Orc camps and raids are common and will yield black diamonds, used to repair mapstones and therefore fast travel.

Reception

The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria was first revealed along with a short cinematic trailer on June 10, 2022, at the 2022 Epic Games Summer Showcase. The game was originally planned to be released in spring 2023 and was eventually released on October 24, 2023 for Microsoft Windows, with the PlayStation 5 release following on December 5, 2023. The Xbox Series X/S release is scheduled for early 2024.[3] The Windows version is exclusively sold on the Epic Games Store.

References

Licensed video games set in Middle-earth
 Melbourne House: The Hobbit (1982) · Lord of the Rings: Game One (1985) · Shadows of Mordor (1988) · War in Middle Earth (1988) · Crack of Doom Software Adventure (1989) · Riders of Rohan (1990)
 Interplay Productions: The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I (PC) (1990) · The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II: The Two Towers (1993) · The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I (SNES) (1994)
 Vivendi Universal: The Fellowship of the Ring (2002) · The Hobbit (2003) · War of the Ring (2003)
 Electronic Arts: The Two Towers (2002) · The Return of the King (2003) · The Third Age (2004) · The Battle for Middle-earth (2004) · Tactics (2005) · The Battle for Middle-earth II (2006) (The Rise of the Witch-king (2006)) · Conquest (2009) · Heroes of Middle-earth (2023)
 Turbine/Standing Stone Games: The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (2007-) (Mines of Moria (2008) · Siege of Mirkwood (2009) · Rise of Isengard (2011) · Riders of Rohan (2012) · Helm's Deep (2013) · Mordor (2017) · Minas Morgul (2019)) · War of Three Peaks (2020) · Fate of Gundabad (2021) · Before the Shadow (2022) · Corsairs of Umbar (2023)
 Warner Bros: Aragorn's Quest (2010) · War in the North (2011) · Guardians of Middle-earth (2012) · Kingdoms of Middle-earth (2012Armies of The Third Age (2013) · Shadow of Mordor (2014) · Shadow of War (2017) · Rise to War (2021)
 Glu Games: Middle-Earth Defense (2010)
 Traveller's Tales: Lego The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game (2012) · Lego The Hobbit (2014)
 Daedalic Entertainment: The Lord of the Rings: Gollum (2023)
 North Beach Games: The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria (2023)