The last several weeks has seen an astounding amount of leaks in the video game world, from the most recent Genshin Impact datamine to the Apex Legends War Games leak, it seems no franchise is safe. Further adding to the stream of leaks is the latest information coming out about Lord of the Rings Online and a potential new brawler class.
Lord of the Rings Online has been around since 2007 and has received tons of updates since it first hit shelves. The title has remained largely popular throughout its long lifespan and doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. Now, with a reinvigorated fan base due to Amazon announcing a Lord of the Rings streaming series, the game's developers are planning several exciting updates.
Among its plans, Turbine intends to update the visuals of Lord of the Rings Online, possibly bring the game to home consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, and it is now known the developers are also looking at adding a new brawler class to the game. The information was uncovered by some of the MMORPG's players who were able to poke around on a test server and do some sleuthing. The findings on the brawler class are broken down by YouTuber Louey7, who goes over the defensive buffs, taunts, and healing abilities of the unreleased class in their video.
Of course, as is the case with most leaks, some of the numbers are bound to change before the class is finalized. The "Walk it Off" action, for instance, currently has a cool down period listed at 20 seconds, which is quite long and may well be a temporary number. It is unknown when the brawler class will officially be added to the game, though there is much speculation that it will be timed to take advantage of the release of the Amazon Lord of the Rings series.
It is not hyperbole to say that The Lord of the Rings franchise ranks among the most popular and successful in all of fiction. The books by J.R.R Tolkien were widely beloved by readers all around the globe even before Peter Jackson's now iconic film trilogy became a worldwide phenomenon. This popularity has poured over into other mediums as well, with tie in movie games that were actually good as well as the critically acclaimed Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor.
With the upcoming Lord of the Rings: Gollum title on the horizon, it brings to question what other major players in the expansive Lord of the Rings universe are also awaiting a standalone video game. From fierce warriors to elves and everything in between, there is no shortage of choice in the land of Middle-Earth.
A principal protagonist of the series and one of the original members of the Fellowship, Aragorn has all the makings to be the perfect star of an action adventure video game. With a well rounded skillset, Aragorn is an excellent swordsman, proficient tracker and cunning battle strategist. His varied abilities would give developers numerous options when developing a potential project, with the end result most likely having gameplay similar to the Assassin's Creed series.
Furthermore, Aragorn's character arc provides plenty of opportunities for subject matter the game's narrative can revolve around. It can very well go for the obvious choice, and chronicle his place in the quest to destroy the One Ring. On the other hand, the game can opt for an original tale set prior to the events of Peter Jackson's film trilogy, showing his time as an outsider, living as a ranger and drifting from place to place. This could be the basis for an open world action game in which the player explores new locations around the world, meeting new characters and unlocking new skills along the way.