With some major combat upgrades going hand-in-hand with the last major expansion, Lord of the Rings Online
drew a few raised eyebrows over the lack of major skill updates at launch. However, as the official site's most recent developer diary
explains, it wasn't for lack of interest so much as wanting to see how the new combat system played out before making changes. With the upcoming Oath of the Rangers
, the systems team has been hard at work adding level 64 upgrades to help each class play better and more enjoyably in all areas of the game.
Outlining a simple design philosophy -- make underused skills interesting, give exciting bonuses, and leave general class balance alone -- the diary goes on to highlight the upgrades
offered to each class. Champions, Guardians, and Captains get improved buffs for themselves, Burglars and Hunters see their Power concerns addressed, and other classes got underused skills happily improved to bring them better to the forefront of play. Lord of the Rings Online
has always had a respectable diversity among its classes, and the coming update seems poised to improve the game as a whole by making everyone just a little stronger.