I don’t really even know what to say about this, other than pointing out that it is not April 1st. Lord of the Rings Online is adding “session play” to the game in the next content update.
Session Play is a new system that allows you to play as a character other than your normal character. These characters do not have permanence, so you don’t keep them like you do your Free Peoples or monster play characters. You could play as a Ranger, a Troll, or… a chicken. It’s an opportunity to explore Middle-earth from a different – and sometimes unexpected – viewpoint.
In this sneak peek, you can explore as a chicken. Yes, a chicken. As a most unlikely adventurer, you’ll help out your fowl friends defend against the wolf menace. As a feathered fortune-seeker you can talk to other animals and learn more about the world from the point of view of characters like Old Sally, Wolf, Grip, and Fang, and other famous and furry personalities from The Lord of the Rings Online. Talk to a cat in the Cat Lady’s house in Bree, or meet the im-peck-able Radagast. This new experience will give you a view of the story line from a different perspective and introduces unique skills, quests, accomplishments, and even an alternative way to earn Destiny Points during your explorations!
I had to check the forums. It must be a joke.
Rhidden, The Lord of the Rings Online Team, Turbine, Inc.
Re: Sneak Peek: Session Play!
It isn’t a joke.
Playing as a chicken is dangerous, but has its rewards. By finishing the quest line you can earn a unique weapon, and even an egg-sclusive item, for your player character! As a final perk, once you’ve finished the quest line you can roam the land, unfettered, in chicken-form, where you can complete Deeds to earn destiny points.
Why did the chicken cross Eriador? Now you can find out!
I … just don’t know.
More from the forum:
Chicken play has a separate chat channel and chicken players will not be able to speak with regular players.
You will also not be able to fellowship with chicken players.
Book 10 will only be adding Rangers and Trolls for the Ettenmoors and Chickens for Eriador.
You are a level one chicken, the world is a dangerous place! Although you don’t have many hit points and your attack is very weak we did give you a few skills to help you in your travels.
Trolls and Rangers are only in the Ettenmoors.
Chicken play was treated more like a quest arc. We slowly introduce you to the world through a series of sessions each with their own objectives. After completing all of the session ‘quests’ you are given a special session that is more relaxed in its objectives and repeatable.
The chickens can not lay eggs.
You are in the same world as other players.
You will not be able to attack other players and they cannot attack you.
You are playing as roosters.
Significant developer resources were not put toward chicken play. Chicken play is a very small part of the content coming with Book 10. There is no need to cry ‘the sky is falling’ just because we chose to release a small bit of fun information about something that we are adding with our Book 10 update.
Content Team Devs who worked on Chicken Play: 1
Other members of the dev team devoted to Chicken Play: 0