Forget the identity of the shadowy figures behind the PSN incursion for one second. What we're primarily concerned about, in the short term, is free conciliatory swag... and Sony has blown the lid off of the free games that European PSN account holders will be able to choose from once the Playstation Store is brought back online.
PS3 owners will be able to choose two games from the the following list:
- Wipeout HD/Fury
- Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty
- Dead Nation
And PSP owners will be able to pick two titles from this slightly smaller smorgasbord:
- LittleBigPlanet PSP
- ModNation PSP
- Pursuit Force
- Killzone Liberation*
As well as these goodies, you'll also receive the following:
- 30 days free PlayStation Plus membership for non PS Plus subscribers*
- Existing PlayStation Plus subscribers will be given 60 days free subscription.
- For existing Music Unlimited subscribers, you will be given 30 days free subscription.
- Some sort of Playstation Home offer, currently TBA
You can read up on the full details over at the EU Playstation Blog - and let us know what you'll be downloading!
UPDATE: After concerns that most PS3 and PSP consumers already own these titles, SCEE Head Of Communications Nick Caplin has responded in the comments. Apparently it's "hard to offer something for everyone."
We’ve tried really hard to put together a list of high quality BD games, rather than simply offering cheaper PSN titles. The average metacritic rating for these games is over 84%, so these are high quality games. Unfortunately with a user base of 77m people, it is really hard to offer something for everyone.
Are you satisfied with the Welcome Back Programme? Have your say in the comments!