On the one hand, it’s great to see more games being released based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s works, but on the other hand, this new one is a survival crafting game. The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria is a PC-exclusive Epic Games release that will combine the lore of Tolkien with the crafting mechanics of games like Minecraft and The Long Dark.
What’s interesting about this game is that it takes place during the Fourth Age of Middle Earth, also known as the Age of Men. Sauron is gone, the One Ring destroyed. The elves, Gandalf, Frodo, and Bilbo, have all left for the Undying Lands. With peace restored, the Dwarves are seizing the opportunity to return to Khazad-dûm and reclaim the mines of Moria.
The gameplay trailer released by the Epic Games shows what some of the gameplay and crafting will be like, albeit at a rapid pace with no UI. The art style appears to have taken a little inspiration from Peter Jackson’s films, but it is a welcome aesthetic. Additionally, Moria will be procedurally generated. So, hopefully, no two playthroughs will be the same.
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.
Free Range Games are developing the title. This studio also brought us Spell Drifter and Goosebumps Night of Scares. Unfortunately, I’ve never played either, so I can’t attest to the level of skill housed within the company.
LoTR: Return To Moria will launch next Spring. What do you think about the game? Let us know in the comments section below.
[Source: Epic Games YouTube Channel]
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