Sony has revealed just what will be included as part of the “Welcome Back” program, and the list is already causing some controversy.
Let’s look at what you get, shall we?
This is the list that will affect you if you live in Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand or Europe. Obviously, these games won’t be available until the PlayStation Store is back up and running (it’ll be “just a little while longer”, says Sony), but all existing PlayStation Network members will be eligible for the following:
Two PS3 games from the following:
- Wipeout HD/Fury
- Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty
- Dead Nation
If you’ve also got a PSP account, you are eligible for two PSP games from the following:
- LittleBigPlanet PSP
- ModNation PSP
- Pursuit Force
- Killzone Liberation
Some games are restricted in Germany.
Sony are also handing out
– 30 days free PlayStation Plus membership for non PS Plus subscribers*
– Existing PlayStation Plus subscribers will be given 60 days free subscription.
– For existing Music Unlimited subscribers, you will be given 30 days free subscription.
There’s also a Welcome Back offer in the works for PlayStation Home, which will be shared “when it is confirmed”.
I would like to thank all of the developers and publishers involved in this programme for their support in making this happen. We certainly couldn’t have done it without you.
You will be able to access this content once PlayStation Store comes back online and we are doing everything we can to make that happen as soon as possible.
Thank you for your support and keep checking back on the blog for more information.
Almost before the ink had dried on this arrangement, gamers were unhappy.
Someone did the maths and worked out that Sony believe your “pain and suffering” is worth up to $104 (depending on retail value). Debates over whether or not this is “enough” are flying all over the internet.
In addition to that, it seems that the sort of people who were put out by the PlayStation Network downtime are also the sort of people who have an awful lot of games for their gaming consoles. Some people feel very strongly that, perhaps, it would have been nicer of Sony to give everybody a $x voucher for the PlayStation Store, to spend on whatever they’d like to. It would cost the company roughly the same, but offer long-time loyal customers a few more options when it comes to compensation.
If you’d like to see the list for American gamers, head to the PlayStation Blog …we’re assuming the fact it’s currently down is just a temporary blip, and not a sign of things to come.