Publisher North Beach Games and developer Free Range Games have released the opening cinematic for the upcoming co-op survival game, The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria. The two-minute narrated trailer shows the game’s opening cinematic explaining the plot and setting. It also features John Rhys-Davies who reprises his role as Lord Gimli Lockbearer. The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria will launch on October 25 for PlayStation 5 and PC via Epic Games Store on October 24. The game will then launch in early 2024 for Xbox Series X/S.
John Rhys-Davies commented on the trailer in a press release saying:
“It’s always fun to come back and think of the ‘what-ifs,’ and the chance to work on this game is an exploration of one of the what-ifs, isn’t it? 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.”
Free Range Games CEO Chris Scholz added:
“Authenticity is a cornerstone of The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria and when it came to casting Gimli, there was only one name everyone wanted. It’s been an honor, a privilege, and a dream to have Mr. John Rhys-Davies reprise this iconic role.”
The game’s details via the publisher:
The story of The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria takes players beyond the books and into the Fourth Age of Middle-earth, the fantastical world created by J.R.R. Tolkien. 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-dum 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.