Lord of the Rings Online’s Update 15 is scheduled for next Wednesday, and while it’ll have plenty of stuff for my Captain to do at the level cap, there’s also the siren’s song of the first new class for the game in a very, very long while: the Beorning.
But will I play one? I’m wrestling with that very question, my mind making up two lists:
- It’s a new class with new mechanics — and that’s always a powerful attractor to rolling an alt.
- I have scads of Turbine Points in the bank, so payment is not an obstacle.
- I love the new character models (both male and female) and the whole class/race attitude.
- The shape-shifting aspect is neat and there are many ways to play the class, as it has a nice hybrid feel to it.
- You can shoot bees.
- Thwacking with axes is appealing, like playing a barbarian class.
- There will be TONS of players in low-level zones following the Beorning’s release, probably the biggest influx of such lowbie players since the free-to-play transition. That would be cool to see.
- The Beorning is primarily melee with very little in the way of ranged options. Do I want to face bash stuff again after playing a Captain for so long?
- If I’m only going to play this class lightly, paying 1000 TP for it seems like an extravagance, if not a waste.
- My biggest wish would be to have a Beorning race matched up with a different class, which isn’t going to happen right now.
- I played a Druid in WoW. I do not necessarily want to be looking at Bear Butt(tm) for hours on end again.
- Bear is the ONLY skin-change option, which might be lore-appropriate but it’s still a bummer. If I was going to be an animal, bear would be way down on the list.
- I really don’t know if I have it in me to level a character from 1 to 100 all over again, especially since I have a level 60 Lore-master that is really fun to play and needs my attention.
- There’s a lot of worry on the forums that the class hasn’t gotten enough testing, especially at higher levels, and might be very rough indeed.
So the answer is… I don’t know. I probably will buy the class and roll up a character, but it’ll have to convince me via play that it’s worth sticking. One option that I’m mulling is to make the Beorning my 2015 LOTRO New Year’s resolution — to start one on January 1st and play through to the level cap. We’ll see.