Sony Says ‘Welcome Back’ To PSN With These Freebies In Europe

Sony Says ‘Welcome Back’ To PSN With These Freebies In Europe

Now that the PlayStation Network has respawned across various parts of the globe this past weekend, Sony is saying sorry in the form of free PlayStation 3 and PSP games. At least in Europe, where the PlayStation maker has outlined its “Welcome Back” offering.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s head of communications Nick Caplan writes today that PSN users will get up to four free games for the PS3 and PSP. PlayStation Network account holders will be able to claim them from the PlayStation Store when that goes live – “just a little while longer,” Caplan writes – provided they have access to the Store in their country.

Here’s whats on offer. Two PlayStation 3 games from the following list:

  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Infamous
  • Wipeout HD/Fury
  • Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty
  • Dead Nation

And two PSP games from the following list.

  • LittleBigPlanet PSP
  • ModNation Racers PSP
  • Pursuit Force
  • Killzone Liberation

That list is a bit different for PSN users in Germany, which swaps Dead Nation and Infamous for the less violent Super Stardust HD and Hustle Kings on the PS3. German PSP owners will get Everybody’s Golf 2 and Buzz Junior Jungle Party instead of Pursuit Force and Killzone Liberation on the PSP.

On top of that, PSN account holders can expect 30 days of free PlayStation Plus membership for non-subscribers, 60 days of free subscription for those currently enrolled in the program.

More details on additional make-good attempts at the European arm of the

The North American indicates an official announcement similar to the one issued for Europe will be coming soon.

Details of The Welcome Back Programme for SCEE Users [ Europe]


  • Sweet. Time to pick up Ratchet and Clank and Dead Nation, seeing as I already have LBP and inFamous.

  • Great.

    It’s a nice shortlist of offerings…for those who don’t already own every single one (and don’t own/care for a PSP).

    So what do your most devout followers get, Sony? A swift kick up the arse?


    • I agree! THis is my problem as well. It also reeks of Sony trying to sell more copies of LBP2 and increase sales of Infamous 2 when it drops in a few weeks.

  • so someone that supports the brand and the offerings available on the store (such as myself) gets jack shit cause i already have all of those games… and take this into account:

    LittleBigPlanet – If you like this.. Why not pick up the sequel!

    Infamous – Sequel coming out in a month or so! Why not pick up the sequel!

    Wipeout HD/Fury – One of the “3D flagships…” Why not get a 3D TV!

    Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty – Plenty of sequels there! Why not pick up the move heroes pack!

    Dead Nation – Great game…. No conspiracy theory here..

    I also wonder… will the “free” PSN plus auto renew?

    Just seems as though SONY is using this situation to upsell their shit!

    • They’re not forcing you to buy anything. You can take the free games and never buy the sequels if you don’t want them. The fact is that these days pretty much every good/successful games get sequels. Would you rather they offered shit sequel-less games instead? Just can’t please some people. Maybe you’d be happier choosing between Lair and Haze?

  • That is sweet. A better selection than I was expecting. Definitely Dead Nation. And either Infamous or Ratchet and Clank. Probably R&C.

  • Assuming the Australian list is the same it looks like I’m limited to Wipeout HD/Fury and Dead Nation considering I have all the other games in the list.

    I’m not sure what PSP games I’ll get, probably LittleBigPlanet PSP as one of them.

    • Following the global trend of screwing Australians over, we’ll probably be offered one of the following for free:

      – Lair
      – Heavenly Sword
      – Gran Turismo 4: Prologue
      – A dirty nappy wrapped around an unusually long stick

  • Its a shame they didn’t add one of the “classic” games like final fantasy 7. Though dead nation looks alright (I don’t know about my other choice though..)

  • Awesome! I was expecting that inFamous was going to be on the list (being and old Sony published game with a sequel coming), and hoping that Wipeout would. I’ve been contemplating buying both of these for a while and never got around to it, so they’re actually giving me something that I want!

    • Two PS3 games per account. If you have a PSP,(and it will know if you have a PSP), you also get to pick two PSP games from said list.
      Now excuse me while I go booty hunting.
      Cave Johnson, out.

  • For those that never buy anything off PSN, 2 really good games free. For those who used PSN, bought games, had PS+ and lost credit card details – some games you probably already have and 2 more months of a service you likely regret getting.

    Why reward people who didn’t use the service? Instead one free game and credit equal to the monthly average of PSN purchases would actually reward dedicated PSN users and still give the others something for nothing.

    Sony is using this as a chance to get people who weren’t using PSN to see it while giving F-All to those that did and were impacted.

    • Probably because sale of consoles and games these days is driven 80% by online play, and Downloadable stuff. These people who never bought anything from the PSN still play their games online (probably), still buy games, still bought the console – and most importantly – still had their details on the network.

      Also, i’m sure a lot of people just buy games from the PSN, so they would spend a fair bit. What about people like myself who have spent maybe $20 on the Playstation store, because I prefer to have physical copies of games (having spent hundreds on those). Are you suggesting I should be shut out from the benefits of those who buy digital copies of games, because I buy from a 3rd party (and consequently support the retail game industry)?

      Some of the reactions to this make me sick. I don’t understand how people are trying to dismiss this as a bad thing. Would you have been happy if they said “PSN is back up. Please keep using it.” No. Alternative: “PSN is back up. We’re sorry for the problems, so here’s some free suck-up stuff.” Apparently, you’re still not happy. Would you prefer a “PSN is back up. We’re sorry for the problems, please find $50 in your bank account”? You’d probably still say “They’ll probably put on big specials on the playstation store to tempt us to spend the money right back on them!”

      To those of you who are simply labeling this as another ‘scam to get us to spend more’, it’s possible, sure. But whether it ‘works’ is up to you. You’re in control of your money, you don’t have to let corporations tell you what to do.

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