Friday, 9 March 2012

Gaikai Streaming Game Demos of The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online

Gaikai, the cloud gaming service, yesterday announced an agreement with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to begin the streaming of The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online to players across North America directly from each game’s own website.

For the first time ever, Gaikai is streaming massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) from the cloud, straight to players without the need for any download or installation. Gamers can try The Lord of the Rings Online now, with Dungeons & Dragons Online to follow soon, developed by Turbine, which is wholly owned by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, via a simple one-step registration process that will provide them instant access to try the full version of the award-winning, free-to-play massively multiplayer experiences. Gaikai is only providing one hour demos, so if you want to continue playing the games, you have to download and run them on your own PC.

“MMOs have always been one of the key genres that we’ve wanted to deliver via the cloud - never before has it been possible to play MMOs in this way,” said Robert Stevenson, EVP at Gaikai. “And we couldn’t be more pleased to showcase Gaikai’s technology by streaming Dungeons & Dragons Online and The Lord of the Rings Online, which are both fantastic multiplayer gaming experiences with legions of loyal fans.”

“Gaikai's game streaming service will make it easier than ever for new players to start their epic adventures in our immersive online worlds,” said Craig Alexander, Vice President of Product Development, Turbine. “Anyone wishing to try these popular MMOs can now instantly launch the games inside their web browser completely eliminating any download wait times.”

The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online are two of the best and most popular premium free-to-play games on the market today. These award-winning games feature an innovative hybrid pricing model that allows players to play for free, purchase elements a la carte from the in-game store, or subscribe to get VIP access to the game’s content.

Gaikai is currently providing time limited high-end game demos from the likes of EA, Ubisoft and Capcom on YouTube, Best Buy, EA Origin, Green Man Gaming, Eurogamer and the biggest retailer in the US, Walmart. They have also partnered with Facebook to provide cloud streamed PC game demos to the social network giant and most recently with GAME to provide game demos on their sites.

It is interesting to note that Warner Bros. is a big investor and partner with OnLive. Warner Bros. not bringing their MMOs The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online first to their big investment could mean that they are dropping support for OnLive, or that OnLive has problems implementing MMOs on their data center infrastructure, or it may be that Warner Bros. and OnLive are working together on releasing the full games on OnLive.

Here is more info about The Lord of the Rings Online and Gaikai, if you want to know more about how the game works with Gaikai.

You can try other game demos that Gaikai offers at Gaikai's games page.

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