The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Preview

GameShark has done a quick write-up on Turbine’s The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria.

With an area as big as Moria, it could take forever to get from one end to the next. Steefel pointed to some yak-looking creatures and explained that they’re new rented mounts for swift travel. However, at the moment they’ll only be available inside Moria. As we continued our journey, Steefel also noted the change in architecture from one room to the next, reflecting the different civilizations that have lived in Moria for centuries.

The add-on doesn’t just offer new areas to explore. The level cap is raised to 60, and there are two new classes: The Warden and the Runekeeper. Steefel described the Warden as a medium tank that wears light armor, whose primary weapon is either a javelin or a spear. The Warden has some minor stealth capabilities and ranged attack. The Runekeeper is a magic user, somewhere between a healer and a nuker. Steefel addressed concerns that the Runekeeper is a wizard and thus violates Tolkien lore, of which LOTRO has always strongly supported. (We’ve been working with the lore for a long time, and we’re positive we know how to put (magic) in the game so that it makes sense,) Steefel said.

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