Sony has announced that they will begin the process of bringing the PlayStation Network back to its full capabilities and capacity in Asia tomorrow, May 28th. This puts the company on pace to hit their approximate worldwide relaunch on May 31st, next Tuesday.
The updates will come in waves, and each wave will include features that were lost because of the outage. For Japan, the PS3 and PSp have not been able to play games online since the initial take down of the network. Japan insisted that Sony demonstrate that their network was definitely secure before the government allowed them to bring features back online.
It seems Sony must have complied as online play is part of the first phase. Andriasang.com details the initial relaunch phase and the Welcome Back package Japanese PlayStation Network users can look forward to:
The initial phase will include the following:
- Sign-in and password change for PSN and Qriocity
- Friend Category functionality — Friend List, Chat, and Trophy
- PS3 and PSP online play
- PlayStation Home
- Torne’s network functionality
Sony will be offering a “Welcome Back” goodie package to players in Japan and Asia. For Japan-based players, the package includes the following items:
PS3 owners will be able to select two free titles from the following five games
- The Last Guy
- Loco Roco!! BuuBuu Cocoreccho!
- Wipeout HD
- Hustler King
PSP owners will be able to select two titles from the following five games.
- Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida or2 (What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord!? 2)
- Minna no Sukkiri
- Patapon 2
- LittleBigPlanet Portable
- LocoRoco Midnight Carnival
That’s quite the offering for Japan. Now, before you go coming up with crazy ideas of creating a free Japanse PSN account in order to claim all of these goodies, know that you must have been a PlayStation Network member on the date of the initial outage in order to qualify.
Don’t worry, I considered it too.
Once the PlayStation Network starts it’s transition towards full capabilities everywhere else in the world, we’ll be on it. Just know that seeing this start for Asia is great news for the rest of us.