Remember the PSN Hack back in 2011? Those were the days, right? When the PSN was down for ages because someone got into the safe and looked at all your secrets instead of only being down for a day at a time because Sony’s maintenance team is keen as mustard.
Well, if you live in the United States of America and you suffered because of the indignity of losing free PSN access for a few weeks then it might soon be time to celebrate. Sony is proposing that it makes amends by offering a choice of free game (PS3 or PSP, naturally) or three months of PS Plus access. Now, obviously the PS Plus time is the best option here, especially since the PS3 games will be the like of Dead Nation, inFamous and LittleBigPlanet while the PSP games will include LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers and Killzone Liberation. The catch is that, in order to claim the PlayStation Plus subscription time, you’ll have to not already be a member of Sony’s excellent subscription service.
They’re also proposing that you might be able to apply for a few dollars to be added to your SOE Station Cash to spend in Sony Online games. You might also be allowed to choose a month-long subscription to Music Unlimited if you were a Qriocity user who didn’t have a PSN account.
The games they’re offering will be Sony’s choice and the titles being suggested are all fairly old now – and similar to the ones they offered in their “Welcome Back Pack” in 2011 when the lights came back on. This proposal obviously doesn’t constitute a $15 million cost to Sony, given that the services they’re offering are their own, the games are those they publish and the SOE Station Cash will be spent within their ecosystem.
The idea still might not go ahead, either. It has to go in front of a judge who will decide if it’s good enough to make amends (hopefully he’s a big Modnation fan…) and the decision isn’t expected until May 1st 2015, by which time those old games will be even older.