What’s The PSN Downtime Mean For MMO Players?

What’s The PSN Downtime Mean For MMO Players?
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The extended outage currently afflicting the PlayStation Network isn’t just stopping people playing Call of Duty and FIFA. It’s also stopping people from playing persistent, entirely online games like DC Universe and Free Realms.

That’s a massive pain in the arse for those people, so what’s Sony doing to compensate them for their enforced downtime? Sony Online Entertainment, which manages both PS3 MMOs, has this to say:

We apologise for any inconvenience players may have experienced as a result of the recent service interruption. As a global leader in online gaming, SOE is committed to delivering stable and entertaining games for players of all ages.

To thank players for their patience, we will be hosting special events this weekend across our game portfolio, including a Double Station Cash day on Saturday, April 30th.

We are also working on a “make good” plan for players of the PS3 versions of DC Universe Online and Free Realms. Details will be available soon on the individual game websites and forums.

So there’s extra stuff on the table come Saturday, provided the PSN is actually up by then, and then there’s a “make good” plan after that. It’s a good start, but seeing as DC Universe is made up of people paying subscriptions you’d hope it’s more like a “make awesome” plan.


  • That’s a pretty shit (and late) apology. I’m not a Playstation owner and I don’t really play MP games, so I’m not sure how relevant this is but – shouldn’t they offer (at least)partial refunds on any monthly subscription fees?

    • If you read the statement quoted in the story…

      “We are also working on a “make good” plan for players of the PS3 versions of DC Universe Online and Free Realms.”

      So you’d assume that means that rather than issuing refunds they’ll probably extend everybody’s subscription to compensate for the outage i.e. if PSN ends up being down for 2 weeks then they’ll extend your subscription by 2 weeks. And maybe chuck in an extra month for free as well as a sign of goodwill if they’ve got any sense.

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