Reports are today suggesting that the PlayStation Store will be back up and running next week, over a month after it was taken down following a cyber attack at the beginning of last month.
At the start of this week, Sony began rolling out a phased restoration of its PlayStation Network (PSN) following the attack, which put the personal details, including credit card details, of its 77 million users at risk. While some features of the PSN were restored last weekend, the PlayStation Store is still down but a memo sent out to Sony’s game developer and publishing partners indicated it would be restored next Tuesday. Sony has sent out a tentative publishing schedule to partners detailing when their games and other releases will become available to players. The PlayStation Store will be restored on Tuesday, 24 May and over the following weeks there will be two content pushes per week. According to the memo, seen by gaming website Gamasutra, PSN content manager Jack Osorno told developer partners: "We thank you for your patience as we work to resume service of the PlayStation Store."
When PSN users finally do get access to the PlayStation Store, they will get access to their "Welcome Back" package from Sony. The packages will be different for PS3 and PSP users. PS3 users will get a choice of two games from: Dead Nation, inFAMOUS, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD, and Wipeout HD Fury while PSP users will have to choose two from: LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, Pursuit Force, and Kill Liberation. Users will be able to claim the games at some point in the next month or so and once you’ve downloaded them you’ll be able to keep them for good. As well as the Welcome Back package, users will also get free identity theft protection in the shape of Fraud Protect from Affinion. This offer however, is only open to those aged 18 and over.
Sony will be happy to see the back of this nightmare period but despite the Welcome Back package and promised identity theft protection, many users will have lost faith in the PSN and may never go back again.