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Good News, Everyone! PlayStation Store Returns Next Week [UPDATED]

A letter sent to content providers for PSN landed in our lap. Read what it said.

You'll have access to the ol 'store soon enough.

UPDATE: Sony has responded to reports of the PlayStation Store returning next week.

"While of course we want to keep our partners in the loop with the latest developments for bringing back the PlayStation store," said senior director of corporate communications and social media Patrick Seybold, "we've not announced a specific date other than to say we expect to have the service fully restored by end of the month. Anything other than that is purely speculative."

My reporting is accurate, based on what content providers were told as of last night, but it's also definitely possible the dates could change.

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Even though PlayStation Network is back, issues remain. Namely, PlayStation Store remains offline. Didn't download your multiplayer access pass for Mortal Kombat before PSN went down? You're out of luck. Already blew through every case in L.A. Noire and looking for more? Sorry.

I have good news to report, though.

PlayStation Store returns next week, with multiple updates, just as promised. The information comes from a letter Sony is sending its content partners--and then passed onto me.

"We thank you for your patience as we work to resume service of the PlayStation Store," reads the letter. "In anticipation of the store's reactivation, we have a tentative publish schedule we would like to share with you as it affects content that had been originally scheduled for release [when PSN was down]."

Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this story.

The letter also details the schedule for continuous updates: May 24, May 27, May 31 and June 3. It's unclear whether the multiple updates will continue past June 3.

As of next week, PlayStation Store will have been down for a month. That's four weeks worth of scheduled content, promotions, and sales that never appeared. There's plenty for Sony to catch up on.

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Posted by patrickklepek
You'll have access to the ol 'store soon enough.

UPDATE: Sony has responded to reports of the PlayStation Store returning next week.

"While of course we want to keep our partners in the loop with the latest developments for bringing back the PlayStation store," said senior director of corporate communications and social media Patrick Seybold, "we've not announced a specific date other than to say we expect to have the service fully restored by end of the month. Anything other than that is purely speculative."

My reporting is accurate, based on what content providers were told as of last night, but it's also definitely possible the dates could change.

--

Even though PlayStation Network is back, issues remain. Namely, PlayStation Store remains offline. Didn't download your multiplayer access pass for Mortal Kombat before PSN went down? You're out of luck. Already blew through every case in L.A. Noire and looking for more? Sorry.

I have good news to report, though.

PlayStation Store returns next week, with multiple updates, just as promised. The information comes from a letter Sony is sending its content partners--and then passed onto me.

"We thank you for your patience as we work to resume service of the PlayStation Store," reads the letter. "In anticipation of the store's reactivation, we have a tentative publish schedule we would like to share with you as it affects content that had been originally scheduled for release [when PSN was down]."

Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this story.

The letter also details the schedule for continuous updates: May 24, May 27, May 31 and June 3. It's unclear whether the multiple updates will continue past June 3.

As of next week, PlayStation Store will have been down for a month. That's four weeks worth of scheduled content, promotions, and sales that never appeared. There's plenty for Sony to catch up on.

Edited by ctwoe

Finally!

Edited by notsonic

cant wait for free infamous.

Posted by emem

Hrm

Posted by Burn1n9m4n

I could not be more excited to finally play some MK online!

Posted by ShadowKnight508

Excellent...I will finally be able to download my 2 free PS3 games from the Welcome Back Program and the L.A. Noire content that came with my game (The Broderick suit and The Consul's Car DLC).

Posted by Kyreo

Fuckin, finally!

Posted by Y2Ken

Hurrah! I can finally do the following:
- Buy Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes
- Play MK online
- (Buy and) play Portal 2 co-op
- Download the LA Noire pre-order content
- Get WipeOut and Dead Nation free
Looking forward to it.

Posted by mbkish

Yay! L.A. Noire DLC here I come!

Posted by ProfessorEss

Sweet. Happy times are almost here again.

Posted by Marcsman

Amen
Edited by mephixto

Finally! I'm just waiting my gift for waiting all this time

Edited by melcene

It's not officially "Good news, everyone!" without


(And somehow I got first off that?)  Sweet.
Posted by ReddenBlack

I would be excited, but I'm not going to buy ANYTHING on psn untill sony goes two consecutive weeks without some kind of security breach/hack/exploit being posted on redditt etc...

Posted by Yummylee

I concur.


  
  
Posted by MysteriousBob

Will the European PSN shop still be laughably lackluster?

Posted by WinterSnowblind

I've been waiting to download some content for Dissidia.

Looking forward to my free copy of Modnation too.. then I'll likely not use it again for another few months.
Posted by Dyson

Yet those of us in Japan are still without any indication as to when we will get PSN access. Let alone any notice as to what compensation we can expect from Sony for the downtime. *sigh*

Posted by DeShawn2ks
@notsonic said:
cant wait for free infamous.
Posted by WinterSnowblind
@Dyson said:
Yet those of us in Japan are still without any indication as to when we will get PSN access. Let alone any notice as to what compensation we can expect from Sony for the downtime. *sigh*
In fairness, this isn't Sony's fault, and it's unlikely even they know when the Government will approve it to go back up.
Posted by Tebbit
@MysteriousBob said:
Will the European PSN shop still be laughably lackluster?
You bet your ass it will!
Posted by cowdrunk

Yay PSN is almost done comeing back from the dead
Posted by Little_Socrates
@ReddenBlack said:
I would be excited, but I'm not going to buy ANYTHING on psn untill sony goes two consecutive weeks without some kind of security breach/hack/exploit being posted on redditt etc...
Pretty much my thought, only minus Reddit 'cause someone might report something there for the lulz. I had a horrible feeling that once things got working, things would break down quickly; the password change exploit proved that right.

Though, of course, I don't think there'll be any more problems. I'd just rather be safe than sorry, and, besides, I've got plenty of LA Noire to play.
Posted by Protome

Now taking all wagers on how long it takes the PS Store to go down when millions of people all try to download their free games at once...

Posted by Rand

I want the store to come up so i can start playing Mass effect 2

Posted by Aetheldod

Cant wait for Arcana Hearts 3 :3

Posted by CyleMoore

Yes I can't wait to get my FREE GAMES!!!!!!

Posted by FancySoapsMan

I can't wait to download my free games and some L.A. Noire DLC.

Oh, and I'll probably remove my card and change my personal info too.

Posted by White_Silhouette

I'm really excited cause I wanna pick up Strangers Wrath (again) as soon as possible.

Posted by Dyson
@WinterSnowblind: Yes that is true, but Government aren't stopping Sony from at least informing us of progress. Nor are they stopping Sony from providing us a blog, etc., through which they can keep us better informed. But, instead of doing that, Sony continue to do what most Japanese companies do in Japan -- keep their customers firmly in the dark, only updating with as little information as possible as little as possible.

All this time while the US/EU arms of Sony were keeping their regions upto date on a regular basis through their respective blogs, Sony Japan were doing only issuing as brief a press release as possible hidden away on their site.

Further to that, if they had actually put into place all the checks/systems, etc., they mentioned to the government, PSN wouldn't be offline right now. (For that matter, the only way to have known this was due to the government was to read the Nikkei article. Sony certainly haven't mentioned this fact on their site here). It's the way they do this that makes the situation far more infuriating than it would otherwise be.
Posted by Enigma777

Fuck! I was really hoping it was going to be this week. I wanna play some MK9 dammit!!!

Posted by Solh0und

My reaction to this.........


  
  
Posted by CrimsonNoir

finally get to redeem my Kombat Pass. to be honest i'm more annoyed with warner bros. for requiring the online pass than at sony for not having the psn store up.

Posted by cstrang

Oh, I'll get right on buying something with my new credit card info so that can get stolen too...

Posted by Meltbrain

Futurama references. <3

Posted by SHADOWINFINITE

About time, but really next week? Why not this week?

Posted by m0rdr3d

Hurry it up, Sony!  I'm running out of break before summer semester here!
Posted by scarace360

CANT FUCKING WAIT!

Posted by Branthog

Just short of 40 days outage. Good fucking god.

Posted by moose39

So we're getting a TON of stuff on Tuesday? Lot of good tracks that came out in Rock Band in the past month.

Posted by Branthog
@WinterSnowblind said:
@Dyson said:
Yet those of us in Japan are still without any indication as to when we will get PSN access. Let alone any notice as to what compensation we can expect from Sony for the downtime. *sigh*
In fairness, this isn't Sony's fault, and it's unlikely even they know when the Government will approve it to go back up.
Sounds like Sony's fault, to me. Their security sucks and their own government is demanding some sort of auditing of the security efforts before allowing them to move forward. If Sony didn't have their head in their ass, someone wouldn't have had to step in and say "let's wait a minute - you have a bad history here and we want to vett your system before subjecting users to it again" (which appears to be wise, since their idiotic password recovery/change weakness was found the next day).

I can't determine quite how I feel about a government determining this part of a private company's business, but it's definitely their own doing.
Posted by dastly75

Waiting for everyone to download Infamous at the same time and crash servers.

Posted by mltvcocktail

I can finally get Ep. 3 of BTTF, my Kombat Pass, LA Noire crap, two free games and so much more.

Posted by ssj4raditz

FINALLY!!

Posted by Rhombus_Of_Terror
@notsonic said:
cant wait for free infamous.
agreed, though I wonder how hammered the servers will be :/ ?
Posted by Alphazero

Any word on an L.A.Noire freezing patch? I'm starting to regret getting the one disk PS3 version.

Posted by Hizang

While we wait, why not go and purchase a Boba Fett suit or cowaboy hat in Playstation Home?

Posted by Krakn3Dfx
@Alphazero said:
Any word on an L.A.Noire freezing patch? I'm starting to regret getting the one disk PS3 version.
People reporting freezing in the 360 version as well, so I dunno that would do you much good.
Posted by Peacemaker

I've been waiting to try out the motorstorm apocalypse demo.  This is good news.  I would think they would want to get the store up before E3.

Posted by Dyson
@Branthog: I think this isn't really a case of the government thinking "
let's wait a minute - you have a bad history here and we want to vett your system before subjecting users to it again ", but more of a "we have to do something to make it seem that we are taking an active stance in major issues such as this that affect our populace" -- If this had happened prior to March 11, the government would most likely not have demanded that PSN remain offline. They may have asked for proof that the issues were being solved, but that's as far as it would most likely have gone.

But with the earthquake/tsunami and the resulting ongoing issues with TEPCO still fresh in everyone's minds here, they are taking this opportunity for some political grandstanding in the eyes of entities overseas.
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