Our waiting and anticipation for Lord of the Rings Online’s (LOTRO) new class announcement has finally come to an end. Minutes ago, LOTRO Executive Producer, Aaron Cambell, revealed the new class in a letter to game fans. Get ready to get your bear on and become a Beorning!
In the letter, Cambell explains,
Recently we confirmed that LOTRO will be releasing a new class this year. I’m pleased to announce that this class is the Beorning! This will be LOTRO’s first class since the Mines of Moria expansion introduced the Warden and Rune-keeper.
Beornings are noted in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy 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.
We’ll be sharing early class designs with the new Players Council. Expect more details later this year, as the class progresses through alpha and beta.
The letter also discusses upcoming changes for 2014, including a brand new volume in the Paths of the Dead and Dol Amroth Epic Story, new levels in Pelargir, and also touches on the Dead Marshes.
And what is to come in 2015? To quote from the announcement, “Osgiliath: The middle of 2015 brings us deeper in Gondor, and to lands directly contested by Sauron’s armies. Pelennor Fields and Minas Tirith: The end of 2015 takes us to one of the defining moments of the War of the Ring, the battle before the walls of Minas Tirith.”
To view the letter in its entirety, click here.
While 2015 is still a while off, we can focus all our excitement on the new Beorning class as a distraction. Now that it’s been revealed, what are your thoughts on it? Are you looking forward to rolling a Beorning? Share your thoughts, excitement, or concerns with us in the comment section below!