Free Range Games

& North Beach Games

The only survival crafting video game set in the Fourth Age of Middle-earth™, the iconic fantasy world created by J.R.R. Tolkien. Summoned to the Misty Mountains by Lord Gimli Lockbearer, players take control of 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, delving deep into the Mines of Moria to recover its treasures.

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The Brief

We collaborated with Free Range Games to develop some of the dwarves’ hairstyles, beards and tattoos for The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria. We created 3 different hairstyles and beards for the game’s player characters based on supplied concept art. They were built to function with all the different heads and existing rig setup and textured in white to allow colour changes in-game. We were also responsible for creating all 25 tattoo variations based on the provided concept art. Additionally, we provided technical assistance in standardizing the player characters’ head meshes to have them share the same topology and UVs and baking the existing textures to the updated model. Ⓒ 2022 Free Range Games. All rights reserved.

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