This week new beta journal will give us more details and explanations about revamped starting areas and updated tutorials.
The tutorial instances when you first login to the game have been completely changed from top to bottom. They've added a lot more direct story involvement to them. For example, instead of just happening across a Nazgul as you leave a post office in the Shire, now you encounter a few special Hobbits as they're starting their journey away from home being pursued by the very same Nazgul! However, new players are likely to find it much more engaging, I think, and it will connect them to the world that much faster.