Middle Earth games are often hit and miss, from the awesome movie licenses on the PS2 to this year's underwhelming Gollum.


However, we're hoping for a big hit with the tactical sim The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria.

The Dwarves are a fan favourite race of Middle Earth, and we reckon this is owed a lot to John Rhys-Davies's portrayal of Gimli in the films.

And in an amazing turn of events, Rhys-Davies is back voicing Gimli in Return to Moria! This alone is worth the price, surely.

But what else to we know about it? When is it out, what consoles is it on and what's the deal with the story and gameplay? Let's take a look.

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When is The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria's release date?

The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria release date has now been staggered across the following dates:

  • 24th October 2023 on PC
  • 5th December 2023 on PS5
  • Early in 2024 for the Xbox Series X/S

The good new is that it's out now on PC! Not too far away for PlayStation, either, and we'll update this page as soon as the Xbox release is announced.

Can I pre-order The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria?

While the option to pre-order isn't available just yet, you can add it to your wishlist on the Epic Games store here!

Again, we'll update this page if anything changes.

Which consoles and platforms can play The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria?

The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria will be a PC exclusive, by the looks of things. It also won't be dropping on Steam, but over at the Epic Games Store.

If anything changes, we'll let you know - but this looks to be a PC affair.

The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria gameplay and story details

The gameplay looks a little different to the usual hack-and-slash affair of a Lord of the Rings title.

Return to Moria features survival-crafting gameplay. The environments are procedurally generated - but, of course, the whole game takes place in the famous mines of Moria (one of the most iconic locations in the Peter Jackson trilogy).

To survive, we'll have to mine (of course), hunt, craft and manage our sleep. That last one's difficult enough in real life, and it must be a nightmare without sunlight...

The story seems to take place after the events of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. A group of dwarves, lead by Gimli himself, are on a mission to reclaim Moria from the evil forces of the dark.

Is there a Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria trailer?

There is indeed a trailer! We'll share the most recent gameplay trailer below (it's narrated by John Rhys-Davies, who, it's been confirmed, will voice Gimli in the game!):

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