The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria is an upcoming co-op survival game that launches on PC next week and will be coming to PlayStation somewhere down the line. We got a scene-setting trailer and heard a nostalgic voice that immediately had us planning the most efficient route to the Misty Mountains.
Actor John Rhys-Davies portrayed Gimli in Peter Jackson's epic film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings and reprises the role in Return to Moria. Rhys-Davies said of the nostalgic homecoming: "Actors often create characters out of love, and it's very hard, sometimes, to let them go. Certainly, Gimli is, for me, a character that I really adore, and I'm very grateful for the opportunity to reprise him in a different context."
Set during the Fourth Age, which is to say, after the events of the films and books, Return to Moria is a cooperative survival crafting game in the vein of Deep Rock Galactic, although played from a third-person perspective. Players must work together to clear Moria's forgotten hallways and goblin-infested tunnels if they are ever to be returned to their former glory.
"Summoned to the Misty Mountains by Lord Gimli Lockbearer, players band together as 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 and teamwork, delving deep into the Mines of Moria to recover its treasures and in the hopes of one day restoring them to their former glory."