Sony has been thrust into a world of complication regarding the outage of the PlayStation Network (PSN) and the amount of time and work getting the system back in place requires. The PSN went down last Wednesday, and continues to remain that way. Sony has released a few updates since the outage that continue to expand the amount of time until the PSN is live again.

One such update came on Saturday. The PSN was influenced by, according to a report on IGN, an external intrusion. Translate that to, we're assuming, hackers. Despite the fact that Anonymous, the group that was outwardly against Sony during the George Hotz litigation, has claimed no involvement with this network failure.

In light of the external reason for the network collapse, Sony has decided to rebuild their entire system with security in mind. What does that mean for gamers? More downtime for the PSN. Here's what Sony said on the PlayStation.Blog this Saturday:

We sincerely regret that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been suspended, and we are working around the clock to bring them both back online. Our efforts to resolve this matter involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure. Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security.

We thank you for your patience to date and ask for a little more while we move towards completion of this project. We will continue to give you updates as they become available.

The company provided another similarly worded update today.

I know you are waiting for additional information on when PlayStation Network and Qriocity services will be online. Unfortunately, I don't have an update or timeframe to share at this point in time.

As we previously noted, this is a time intensive process and we're working to get them back online quickly. We'll keep you updated with information as it becomes available. We once again thank you for your patience.

Sony's rebuilding. This is going to take a while.

I'll save you from a long winded rant regarding the need to sit back and relax by simply reminding you that Sony provides the PSN as a free service. Gamers have been angry since the outage, and they continue to grow more frustrated by the day. To those people, please remember that there's been no guaranteed uptime as part of the PSN usage agreement. In fact, PlayStation Plus subscribers aren't even guaranteed network uptime. Sony is absolutely working hard to resolve the issue, but the fact that this service has always been free ensures that they hold no obligation to place an otherwise insecure network up simply to satisfy the needs of gamers.

They're working to revive the PSN. In the meantime, I suggest you enjoy single player games. In fact, if you're in high school or college, shouldn't you be studying for finals?

[via PlayStation.Blog]