“Update 15 is getting close,” says The Lord of the Rings Online Executive Producer Aaron “Rowan” Campbell in the October developer letter. Now, is that actually “close” or “close (TM)”? #closeisthenewsoon

Regardless of when it arrives, Update 15 should come roaring in, led by the beornings, LOTRO’s first new class since the Mines of Moria expansion introduced the warden and rune-keeper, way back in 2008. Skin-changers, the beornings will be able to transform into mighty bears when they gather enough Wrath, and will begin their adventuring careers in a new starting location, the Vales of Anduin.

Also coming in the update are new areas in central Gondor and a new epic battle in the city of Pelargir, which sees the players taking the offensive, wreaking havoc in advance of Aragorn’s taking of the city with the Army of the Dead. A few of 2015’s updates were also mentioned, including the cities of Osgiliath and Minas Tirith, as well as a note explaining that the revamp of the legendary item system — originally slated for 2014 — would be pushed back to next year, on or before LOTRO’s eight anniversary in April.

If you’re playing LOTRO, are you planning to make a beorning? Or will you hop back in to try the class out? As a long-time player who recently stopped playing, it’s tempting, but I’d like to see it in action first!

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.


  1. With three characters at max level and five more at various levels upon the journey, the greatest attraction for me is the learning of new techniques and strategies specific to each class I have played. That being said if the beorning class doesnt live up to the hype, I have no problem leaving them at whatever level they attain before I get bored.


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