One of the things Lord of the Rings Online players are most looking forward to as 2014 wears on is the introduction of the first new playable class since Mines of Moira. In the latest LOTRO producer's letter, all is revealed with the announcement that the shape-shifting Beorning is coming soon. The rest of the letter details 2014's assertive schedule of meaty updates.
Of Bears and Bees
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.
Read the rest of the letter on the Lord of the Rings Online forum.