PC Gamers’s Tom Senior wrote an article today concerning concerning some questions that he had regarding mounted combat. He, like many of us, had questions about what the experience will be like, if we’ll be able to upgrade our mounts, and how we actually will go about doing all of this. And although Turbine was a bit reluctant to give him the full details, there are some valuable insights into the system that we are able to gleam from their response.
As you ride towards the enemy, you’ll be able to activate a new set of mounted combat skills for your horse and your warrior that will connect as you race past them. If your foe is still alive, you can circle back and take another charge. If you or your opponent takes a hard enough hit, you can be set flying off your mount, and the fight will continue. “At that point you can choose to keep your advantage of being mounted, or whether you dismount to take care of your foes with your very hands,” Kate explained.
She also goes on to state that there will be a variety of ways that we can customize our war-horse’s armor, skills, and other properties; but exactly how we will do so (other than they can be earned within the game and purchased with the store) remains a secret. However, I still cling onto the hope that Turbine will choose a similar system to that of the Skirmish Soldiers as it seems me that this has been the most successful of the leveling systems we have seen so far; the other system being the Legendary Item system. So while we wait for more information, I will just have to be happy with thoughts of me and my comrades roaming the plains of Rohan, mowing down any orc that we see.