Absolutely everything! The new mounted combat feature coming as part of Riders of Rohan, the fourth expansion for Lord of the Rings Online, will introduce a handful of new gameplay mechanics, character and trait decisions. This is certainly no throwaway feature meant to add another bulletpoint to the box.
Turbine Entertainment has released the third behind-the-scenes trailer to detail the importance of these mounts on the plains of Rohan. As previously seen, Warbands are nasty mobs that enjoy a good horse battle. These new dangerous foes and wide open spaces demand that every player select a War-steed for their character. The decision isn’t one of simple aesthetics. Your choice matters.
Hit the jump for additional details, including the available faction-based modifications, differences in mounts and new media including the latest trailer.
The Courser – A fast and agile Light mount, a Courser’s greater speed allows them to build Fury at a quicker pace, allowing the execution of more devastating Fury-fueled attacks. Great speed comes at the cost, however, as their Endurance and Armor is reduced.
The Rouncey – This is a moderately armored Medium steed providing balance and stability without sacrificing or favoring survivability or maneuverability. Riders of the Rouncey are usually more focused on close combat, blending greater offense over defense and support tactics more evenly than its lighter and heavier brethren.
The Destrier – This Heavy mount protects more than it speeds. The Destrier’s greater armor allows them to take more damage and their enhanced Power allows extensive use of special mount charges and abilities. In trade, a slower speed makes for slower Fury generation and less overall mobility.
In addition to the dramatic differences in selections, War-steeds can be customized by assigning trailer points in one of three trees:
- Red Dawn – Focused on increasing direct damage.
- Rohirrim – Defense focused for tanking.
- Riddermark – All around, including support, utility and damage skills.
Riders of Rohan launches September 5.