The Playstation Network is mostly back and running, minus the PSN Store. Sony unveiled its plans for its “Welcome Back” appreciation program as a way to repay their customers for their patience and loyalty through those dark times. The Playstation.Blog reports that the Welcome Back program is available to all existing PlayStation Network and Qriocity users in North America (US and Canada) and will be available shortly after the service has been fully restored. Here are the details:
All PlayStation Network users can select two PS3 games from the following list. The games will be available for 30 days after the PlayStation Store is restored and they can be kept forever.
- Dead Nation
- Super Stardust HD
- Wipeout HD + Fury
For PSP owners, you will be eligible to download two PSP games from the following list. The games will be available for 30 days after the PlayStation Store is restored and they can be kept forever.
- LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
- ModNation Racers
- Pursuit Force
- Killzone Liberation
- A selection of “On Us” rental movie titles will be available to PlayStation Network users over one weekend, where video service is available. Those titles will be announced soon.
- 30 days free PlayStation Plus membership for non PlayStation Plus subscribers.
- Existing PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive an additional 60 days of free subscription.
- Existing Music Unlimited Premium Trial subscription members will receive an additional 30 days of free premium subscription.
- Additional 30 days + time lost for existing members of Music Unlimited Premium/Basic subscription free of charge for existing Premium/Basic members.
- To welcome users “Home,” PlayStation Home will be offering 100 free virtual items. Additional free content will be released soon, including the next addition to the Home Mansion personal space, and Ooblag’s Alien Casino, an exclusive game.
For Europeans, the Welcome Back program will be indistinguishable to North America’s with the exception of the following PS3 game choices:
- Wipeout HD/Fury
- Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty
- Dead Nation
As for Germany, Infamous and Dead Nation will be replaced with Super Stardust HD and Hustle Kings.