As part of the live stream events adjacent to the Summer Game Fest, Epic Games did its own thing to show off this year, and first on the agenda was the reveal of Lord Of The Rings which, as a retarded fan, I’m really interested in. The Lord Of The Rings: Return To Moria is a multiplayer survival game about dwarves trying to recover the most cursed mine in all the laws of fantasy. It is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2023 and will of course be exclusive to the Epic Games Store.
It’s only a short trailer now, but Return to Moriah, due out sometime next year, looks moody and likely to be a meme. Who doesn’t love screenshots of dwarves stuff? Drums in the depth guys! Look at those caves! Sparkling!
Set in the Fourth Age, the Peace Age just after the War of the Rings (what happens in the movies basically), players embody a dwarf who has been summoned to Moria’s team by Gimli to retrieve lost loot. While you are mining and prospecting, manufacturing equipment etc. as you go you can make a lot of noise and awaken the threats lurking under the surface. So it looks like Deep Rock Galactic but Tolkiened – and with more left to play.
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 to co-op. There is a lot of manual work and basic construction to be done, some of which you may choose to do around the great structures located in Moorea, as well as searching for hordes of orcs you must manage your food, sleep and temperature needs. Mining: It is intensive. There seems to be a story of Flag Heads too, as well as enchanted gear (your classic glowing sword), mithril, and jewels to dig up.
I’m a fan of The Lord Of The Rings in the sense that I read books and watched movies a lot (extended special editions with DVD commentary, tag you), but I’ve drifted away from it all with The Hobbit Movies A bucket of urine is served in three parts… But who hasn’t kind of dreamed of being a hardened Dwarven miner attacking the heads of some Orc and yelling around axes a lot? An added bonus is that Return To Moria has an “omnibus dwarf builder” to create your own custom character. Good things.
We’re still at the theory stage now. Developers Free Range Games have worked on a few projects before, but Return To Moria appears to be their first foray into the survival genre. I look forward to seeing this in practice. check the Epic Store Page to see more.
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