Asia Gets Reconnected Tomorrow

Asia Gets Reconnected Tomorrow


Sony’s PSN service has been active in North America and Europe for the past week, following its month-long outage in the wake of an external intrusion. However, Japan, wary of a second break-in and the further compromise of customer data, has continued to block the network’s return in Sony’s home territory.

That changes tomorrow. Sony Computer Entertainment will begin the first phase of its service restoration in Japan and Asia tomorrow, May 28, which will bring the PSN and Qriocity sign-in sections back online. This will allow Asian consumers to reset their passwords, enter PlayStation Home and take advantage many of the PSN’s online services once more.

In addition to offering new identity protection measures for its Japanese customers, Sony will pay fees incurred by those same customers should they need to replace their credit cards. The company is also proffering a selection of downloadable titles to owners in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia as a “welcome back” package, much as they plan to do when the PlayStation Store returns in the European and North American territories. Users can download two of the following titles for free:

PS3: “The Last Guy,” “Come on, LocoRoco!! BuuBuu Cocoreccho,” “Trashbox,” “Hustle Kings,” “Wipeout HD”

PSP: “Everybody’s Stress Buster,” “LittleBigPlanet Portable,” “LocoRoco – Midnight Carnival,” “Modnation Racer PSP”

Japanese users will have similar options, though “Trashbox” will be replaced with “Echochrome” while “Everybody’s Stress Buster” and “Modnation Racer PSP” have been dropped in favor of “Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida or2,” “Minna no Sukkiri,” and “Patapon 2.”

PSN account holders will also receive a month of Playstation Plus premium service and a special spring theme for their dashboards. Japanese users will receive a month of Platinum membership to the Weekly Toro Station.

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