You may recall that back in March, Turbine announced being able to get a short free trial of LOTRO via Gaikai.
The preview was limited for only an hour of playtime but we were excited for the prospect of being able to play LOTRO even when away from our personal computers.
Last week there was announcement of Sony Entertainment buying the online game streaming service, Gaikai, for $380 million. This was presumably great for Gaikai but
LOTRO is no longer listed among their games for streaming. I’ve been informed that the game demo was never available on gaikai.com. It was only available on the WB’s official game site. It sounds like gaikai was only providing the service for streaming but was not allowing streaming directly from Gaikai’s site. In fact, the old press release on LOTRO and DDO joining Gaikai is no longer available either. The press release is available on the site.
Where the WB site that allows you to start streaming is, is a complete mystery to me. I’ve looked for it and read the LOTRO Gaikai FAQs and no where can I find a link to where you actually go to stream it.
We had originally thought it was curious that Gaikai was used rather than OnLive as WB Games is listed as a corporate partner for that similar online game streaming service.
Honestly, I don’t see this us affecting much if at all as it was only a one hour preview to get new players to try it. I think it was good for Turbine/WB to experiment with other ways for players to try LOTRO and hopefully they learned some things in the experience. This is obviously more politics than service issues since WB Games probably is not in the habit of allowing Sony Entertainment access to their properties.