Report: Sony plans to bring PS Store back online May 24

Thursday, 19 May 2011 16:07 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Sony intends to bring the PlayStation Store back online on May 24, should a memo sent to the firm’s publishing partners be any indication, following PSN being taken down as the result of a mid-April hack.

The internal memo, handed over to Gamasutra, contains a contingent schedule of when partners’ games and other content will become available to PSN users once again.

According to the document, Sony plans on releasing two content updates a week for the next fortnight in order to catch up and reduce its backlog.

“We thank you for your patience as we work to resume service of the PlayStation Store,” wrote content manager Jack Osorno in the memo.

“If there are concerns, we are willing to consider adjusting the release date of your content on this schedule. Adjustments will be made on a case by case basis.”

The first Store update on May 24 will contain content originally scheduled for April 26, and content originally scheduled for May 3 will go live May 27.

More content updates are scheduled for May 31 and June 3, which will include the content originally scheduled to be doled out over a three week period.

The memo does not indicate what, if anything, Sony plans to do in order to compensate for any monetary losses which may have incurred to developers affected by the PSN outage.

Sony stated in its FAQ earlier this week, that it planned to provide users with multiple PS Store updates and that, “To date, three Tuesday publishes were missed, which included items like Under Siege and the MotorStorm Apocalypse demo.”

This past Sunday, Sony restored partial service to its PlayStation Network, after the service was brought down on April 19 following an intrusion into the PSN database.

After the release of mandatory Firmware update 3.61 and a requirement of users to update passwords, Sony said it planned on restoring full services by the end of the month.

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