Upcoming survival crafting game The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria has just announced a release date and it’s breaking ground pretty soon, it turns out. We’ll be delving down into the dwarven homelands starting on October 24.

Return to Moria’s director at Free Range games, Jon-Paul Dumont, spoke with IGN at Gamescom today to share more details about the lore and gameplay we’ll find in Moria. Unlike other crafting games where you start with basic wood tools, your dwarven experts jump straight into forging and metalworking as you carve through the dark.

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Moria does have familiar landmarks, Dumont explains, including the Dimrill Gate and Endless Stairs, but all the things between them are procedurally generated. And if you think you’ve spotted the bridge of Khazad-dûm in past trailers, you’re right. Dumont says that one objective in Moria is rebuilding the bridge when Gimli puts out a call summoning dwarves to help reclaim the mines.

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