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Sony Online Entertainment Services, Games Back Online, Too

Players getting 30 days of additional service, plus a series of in-game rewards.

PlayStation Network was not the only Sony service affected by the recent hacker intrusion; Sony Online Entertainment's games and Station network went down for the count, too. It's now coming back up. As with PSN, the restoration of SOE's games and services is happening in staggered phases.

"Restoration of SOE's game services will begin today," said the company in a statement. "This phased restoration will include the return of nearly all of our portfolio of online games, the reinstatement of our game forums and websites, and added functionality to require players to reset their passwords."

Both Sony and SOE are rolling out a "Welcome Back" program to earn goodwill from the community. While Sony remains mum about what PlayStation 3 and PSP players will gain access to, in addition to a free 30 days of service on top outage time, SOE has outlined the rather long list of in-game rewards.

I'm not going to publish the whole list here, but if you play any SOE games, you'll want to read this.

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Posted by patrickklepek

PlayStation Network was not the only Sony service affected by the recent hacker intrusion; Sony Online Entertainment's games and Station network went down for the count, too. It's now coming back up. As with PSN, the restoration of SOE's games and services is happening in staggered phases.

"Restoration of SOE's game services will begin today," said the company in a statement. "This phased restoration will include the return of nearly all of our portfolio of online games, the reinstatement of our game forums and websites, and added functionality to require players to reset their passwords."

Both Sony and SOE are rolling out a "Welcome Back" program to earn goodwill from the community. While Sony remains mum about what PlayStation 3 and PSP players will gain access to, in addition to a free 30 days of service on top outage time, SOE has outlined the rather long list of in-game rewards.

I'm not going to publish the whole list here, but if you play any SOE games, you'll want to read this.

Edited by X19

I wonder how long the UK will have to wait cus I need a hit of UC2. Also what about people who were paying for the subscription during the downtime?


Posted by zitosilva

Guess I could go and see what's going on with DC Universe Online.

Posted by RioStarwind

Ah everything is coming back online. Hopefully nothing goes wrong at this point.

Posted by LittlemanBodie

You're a BEAST Patrick!

Posted by Bloodgraiv3


I liked that video they posted.

Respect for Sony for doing all they can.

Posted by patrickklepek

I need a beer now guyz

Posted by Kushieda

Looks like the predictions were right for DCU, a batman inspired mask for the players.

Posted by laserbolts
Yeah nice job reporting this Patrick. It's nice to get up to the minute info like this. Very happy to see this psn nonsense finally getting wrapped up. Cheers everyone.
Posted by Crono

I hope that when I wake up tomorrow, PSN will be online and functional so I can enjoy all the lag that 360 users are experiencing in MK9.

Posted by FritzDude

4 Sony news in a row. It's madness!

Posted by TheHT

Well, I think I have been thoroughly updated. You're a good lad Klepek, and thorough.

Posted by EgoCheck616

Huh? Sorry I was too busy playing Portal 2 coop on Steam.

Posted by MildMolasses
@Crono said:
I hope that when I wake up tomorrow, PSN will be online and functional so I can enjoy all the lag that 360 users are experiencing in MK9.

You really want lag and broken player matching that badly?
Posted by Jayross

Meh... too tired... I can wait until the morning to figure this out.

Posted by Nurve
@MildMolasses said:
@Crono said:
I hope that when I wake up tomorrow, PSN will be online and functional so I can enjoy all the lag that 360 users are experiencing in MK9.
You really want lag and broken player matching that badly?
Better than nothing!
Posted by Det1

So what went on behind the scenes? they changed stuff, right?

Posted by jkuc316
@X19 said:
I wonder how long the UK will have to wait cus I need a hit of UC2. Also what about people who were paying for the subscription during the downtime?
Me too. but first, I have to retrieve the DLCs on PS store
Posted by rudyarr

I am glad Patrick joined the GB crew he is a awesome duder and keeps the news on this site fresh and DOESN'T look like something that was copied and pasted from joystiq or kotaku. 


Cheers Mr. Klepek!!
Posted by effache

yaaaaaay. I like kaz hirai. 

Posted by BradenFontaine

im a little confused. so for those of us that arent playing any of the games they are giving in game upgrades to... what do we get?

Posted by HT101

Very glad to hear that PSN and SOE are now back up and running.  Sony may have done some things wrong during this downtime, but they seemed to do many more good things than bad things.  Big props to them for keeping everyone informed for most of the downtime even though it was sparse at the beginning.

Posted by Raikoh

Great!!!!

Posted by DonChipotle

I can play DCUO again? Yay! 

Posted by megaplushie

I was surprised to see that my account had 45 days of playtime for EQ on the PC and PS2. I haven't had an active subscription in years. I wonder if my EQOA toons are still there after 4 years... 

Posted by Prodigal

Woot 45 free days game time for SOE MMOs...time to reinstall EQ2!

Edited by Tuddlesworth
@patrickklepek said:

I need a beer now guyz

You deserve copious amounts of hat tippage. Good work, old bean!
Posted by Sammo21

Kind of unrelated, but if I could join the Green Lantern Corps I would have bought DCU Online.

Posted by pocketfudge

Time to update my firmware for 3 hours......


oh wait.  The PSN corrective wave hasn't hit our shores yet.
Posted by DougQuaid

I guess I can go back and play SWG and PlanetSide for a month and half now. Yay?

Posted by confideration
@DougQuaid said:
I guess I can go back and play SWG and PlanetSide for a month and half now. Yay?
I totally just played Planetside for like 3 hours... fucking awesome!

If GB did a QL of Planetside that would just about make my year
Posted by DougQuaid
@jabbertrack said:
@DougQuaid said:
I guess I can go back and play SWG and PlanetSide for a month and half now. Yay?
I totally just played Planetside for like 3 hours... fucking awesome!

If GB did a QL of Planetside that would just about make my year
What's the community like now?
Posted by fox01313

Just hope that the rewards aren't changing passwords again after they get it all back & working because some other stupid hackers decide to test the new PSN/SOE.

Posted by LiquidSwords

Now you can all go back to thinking multiplayer makes a game better.

Posted by craigbo180

Finally B4TMAN can have his Batman inspired mask.

Posted by Sayishere

Oh really? guess i will reinstlal SWG again

Posted by Kartana

What's in the ' Welcome Back' package? I need to know, now! 


Probably  DC Universe Online with 30 days online play. Switches to a 1 year subscription if you don't cancel.... aaawwww!
Posted by CletusTheFoetus

now I can get back to administering justice with my super powerful hero, Captain Clerical!

Posted by X19
@jkuc316: What, I have to download all the DLC again?
Edited by Xymox

So if I log into my Star Wars Galaxies account, I get 45 days of game time + a bunch of stuff for my house? I think I may be okay with these terms. 


Edit: m, yea, except they encounter a "system error" when you try to change your password. 
Posted by jkuc316
@X19 said:
@jkuc316: What, I have to download all the DLC again?
No thats me, I have to download it.
Posted by Shivoa
@BradenFontaine: Similarly, I wonder what they're planning on doing for the users who don't currently pay them a monthly fee but also had their details exposed by the security flaws.

Giving people 30 days on top of refunding the time they paid for and couldn't use for subscriptions and a few trinkets in several of their games (including the free to play ones) is all fine and good but what about the millions of people with accounts on file who were exposed but weren't currently paying Sony at the time of the theft?  Is this a case of only caring about the users increasing the Sony bank balance right now rather than in the past (as everyone with an account was exposed)?
Edited by lockwoodx
Posted by Mijati

Tried logging into Pirates of the Burning Sea (I won it in a competition a few years back, installed it and played it once for about an hour) and it's telling me that I'm an underage user? Strange.

Posted by kagato

I tried to fire up DCUO and was told my account was for an underage user?!?!  Is the game now rated over 30 or something?  This is crazy lol, ticket raised but i doubt anyones going to come back to me.

Posted by MeatSim

Now I can still not play Star Wars Galaxies.

Posted by HydraHam

Finally i can bust open my copy of DCU for ps3 and play

Posted by Nethlem
@X19: Yeah i also want to know when european PSN is gonna be back online..

And the people tthat paid for PSN+ gonna get extra PSN+ time ontop of the PSN+ everybody get's. At least that's how i understand the current situation.
Posted by Sayishere

free swg time yes.

Posted by StrikerObi

Finally, I can link my Portal 2 to my Steam account now!

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