All of the original races/classes from the original are back and receive a few new upgrades as well. For example, Warriors have access to Strong Stance which prevents them from getting knocked down. As an added bonus, saved characters from the original game can be imported into Return to Arms
. To account for this influx of high-powered characters, the max level ceiling is raised to 80 and offers two new difficulty levels to compliment higher-level characters.
Champions: Return to Arms is also adding two new races. The Vah Shir Berserker, a race of cat people, adds another warrior class to the game. The Berserker will be able to take and give loads of punishment, making it one of the more powerful melee classes in the game. The Iksar Shaman adds another spellcaster to the game. In addition to being able to summon swarms of insects and bring all kinds of disease, the Iksar has a racial ability that allows it to slowly regenerate health (in keeping with their lizard ancestry).