The Lord of the Rings Online Executive Producer Aaron “Rowan” Campbell went to the LOTRO forums today to talk about the direction of the game over the next two years, including a reveal of the previously discussed “new class” coming later this year.

The skin-changing Beorning will storm into the game in 2014, described as “a race of Man, with close origins to the Rohirrim and the Men of Dale. Most Men are not shape-changers, so we envision the Beorning as a light armor casting class with a focus on control of the battlefield. When a Beorning gathers sufficient rage, they may transform into a mighty bear.”

It’s the first new class in the game since the rune-keeper and warden arrived on the scene with the Mines of Moria expansion back in 2008. It sounds like the only race that can play it will be Men, but that’s the price of playing in a game with such strict lore.

Other news tidbits in Rowan’s letter include a general layout of the game’s updates over the next two years, including three major paid updates in 2014 (Paths of the Dead/Dol Amroth, Dead Marshes, and Pelargir), to go with today’s release of Update 13: The Breaking of Isengard. A new level cap will also be implemented along the way. 2015 will take players to Osgiliath, the Pelennor Fields, and Minas Tirith, probably to enact the Big Battle at the walls of Gondor’s capital city. Various other tweaks to monster play, kinships, and festivals are also in the works, but a major revamp to housing is officially off the table.

(And that legendary item revamp that was hinted at a while back is nowhere to be seen, not even in 2015.)

So, what do you think of the Beornings and the other changes? Let us know!

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  1. Wannabe Druids on April 19, 2014

    >Adds typical fantasy class
    >Claims it isn’t a clone of WoW with a different coat of paint


    • YamydeAragon on July 8, 2014

      More like WoW may got its inspiration from Tolkiens Literature. The Beorning, a man who can shapeshift into a bear is mentioned in “The Hobbit” book.

  2. hovsep on April 17, 2014

    aslong as i have to pay for expansions im not playing that its pay4content and pay2have fun

  3. sloowww on April 16, 2014

    After 5 years playing Lotro I’m out. They keep adding store content and stupid stuff instead of fixing the DAMN COMBAT STYLE! I’m clicking attack now and I will return tomorrow to see the end of the attack animation and how much damage I achieved!

  4. 1000 BC on April 16, 2014

    A MMORPG id like to play right now even if its old,
    if it wouldn’t be a total ripoff scam one where you can’t even fart without having to grab ur credit card.

  5. Laymond on April 15, 2014

    LOTRO has a very loyal player-base and is still going strong…
    I look forward to being able to play as a Beorning! Definitely a better idea for a class than the Rune-Keeper. The Rune-Keeper wasn’t based off of anything. It was just a randomly introduced class. At least the Beorning follows The Hobbit!

    • YamydeAragon on July 8, 2014

      They 1st show on the Sillmarillion. The Runes are whispering signs originated by Daeron of Doriath to represent the Sindarin. They came to be used widely by races other than the Elves. The class is mostly inspired on Lady Galadriel but use of runes of power happen several times on Tolkiens literature.

  6. deadgaem on April 14, 2014


    • ^What?^ on April 14, 2014

      WTF that doesn’t even make sense.

    • Hmmm on April 14, 2014

      (Ops, plub or post whatever…)

      • Hmmm on April 14, 2014

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    • Hmmm on April 14, 2014

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      • spunkify Author on April 14, 2014

        No one pays us to publish any news. We simply seek out whatever new F2P news is out and publish news on it. While we don’t cover EVERY update an MMO or F2P game puts out, we do try to cover major ones, especially if its an MMO with an established fanbase.

        • Hmmm on April 14, 2014

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        • 111 on April 15, 2014

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      • spunkify Author on April 14, 2014

        Sorry it was just meant as a response to the entire comment thread.

    • Laymond on April 15, 2014

      LOTRO ain’t dead at all! They still have lots of players who get on daily, many of which are VIPS.

      A dead game wouldn’t be introducing new content such as a new class and expansions. It would be doing what C9 is doing: giving away free high level characters and other things in an attempt to get attention.