Sony has pledged to give PlayStation Network subscribers two free games when PSN's down time finally comes to an end.
The PlayStation Network has been offline for over two weeks, and it is looking likely that Sony will be unable to come good on its plan to resurrect the service by this evening. The firm has admitted that the subsequent revelation of 24.6 million SOE accounts also being hacked has stalled its hopes to relaunch PSN as quickly as hoped.
However, Sony Europe spokesperson Nick Caplin has revealed that PSN members will be offered a choice of two from five free PlayStation 3 games as an apology, whilst PSP users will be offered two from a choice of four titles. He reiterated that Sony was "working around the clock" to end the down time that has caused frustration for some 77 million PSN gamers across the globe. Caplin didn't give any details on which games would be offered, but said details would be arriving "very soon".
Sony is set to announce an identity protection package for European PSN users shortly, in line with the insurance offer made to US members.
He said: "Both Kazuo Hirai and Sir Howard Stringer have stated that we will be offering identity theft protection for those affected by the malicious attack on PlayStation Network and many of you may have seen the details of the service available in North America.
"As I have explained previously, creating a similar offering for the many countries within the SCEE region is a very complicated process. Each country has a different way of handling identity theft; some offer relatively sophisticated services whilst others are much more modest.
"We are currently in the process of identifying how we manage this situation and once the programme is ready to launch, we will provide details of exactly which services are available in each country and explain how to sign up. We hope to do this early next week.
"Also, look out for more information on the rest of our Welcome Back programme, including which free content you will be eligible for. We will be offering PSN users the opportunity to select two PS3 games from a list of five, as well as offering PSP users the opportunity to choose two games from a list of four. We will let you know exactly what games are available very soon.
"Please be assured that we are continuing to work around the clock to have some PlayStation Network and Qriocity services restored and will provide you with specific details shortly."