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!

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.


    • 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.

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

    • 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.

    • I think the vast majority of sites that do reviews of games are driven by business behind, there are few that actually have credibility and make by simply liking (They also need money, obviously).
      I personally still like mmobomb, I hope not only become a shadow of existing sites that have become “post and pay” or “pay and publish.”

      • 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.

    • 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.


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