Along with the return of the Network, there are other reasons to be happy this weekend.
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) has announced the restoration of its game services. It will be a phased restoration – as is the case with the Network – and this will include "nearly all of SOE's portfolio of online games, the reinstatement of SOE's game forums and websites, and added functionality to require players to reset their passwords." SOE has made enhancements to overall data security, "including updating and adding advanced security technologies, additional software monitoring, performing new penetration and vulnerability testing, and increased levels of encryption." Said Sony boss Kaz Hirai:
"We are committed to delivering secure and entertaining games for players of all ages and thank each of our players for their patience and support during this difficult time."
SOE will offer a "Welcome Back" package that includes special game content and services for all members. Players will also receive an extra 30 days of game time "plus one day for each day SOE's services were down." Find more information at SOE's official site . So…welcome back!