SOE Maintenance Notice: October 21, 2014

Sony Online Entertainment has announced a two hour maintenance for all their games starting at 5:00 AM PDT on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. This is expected to last two hours and will impact these SOE services:

  • Players may lose connection across all games
  • Commerce functions, including purchases for all games
  • Game, web and forum logins for all games

Here's our handy time zone conversion tool to help you plan.

Save on Station Cash at GameStop!

Sony Online Entertainment and GameStop have teamed up to save you some bucks on Station Cash!

Receive $5 off when you purchase any of the SOE pre-paid game cards at GameStop, valid October 13th - October 28th, 2014. This promotion is valid at US GameStop locations only.

While some snafus were initially reported with this promotion, SOE has posted that they've been resolved, and we were able to receive this discount when purchasing cards today.

SOE Maintenance: October 8, 2014

Sony Online Entertainment has announced a system-wide maintenance on October 8, 2014. Account and commerce maintenance will begin at 6:00 AM PDT on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, and is excpected to take less than two hours. Actual downtime for services should only last 15-20 minutes within this maintenance window.

This will impact the following SOE services:

  • Account management
  • Commerce functions, including purchases
  • Game, web and forum logins

Here's our handy Time Zone Conversion Tool to help you plan.

SOE Joins the Extra Life Event

On October 25th, the team at Sony Online Entertainment is joining forces with thousands of gamers across the globe to help raise funds for Extra-Life's annual 24-hour gaming marathon. With the help of the gaming community, SOE's goal is to raise $50,000 for the Children's Miracle Network charity. Those wanting to help out can do so in one of two ways:

Read more about the event on the official site!

SOE Maintenance September 25, 2014

Sony Online Entertainment will perform maintenance beginning at 7:00 AM PDT on Thursday, September 25, 2014. The maintenance is expected to last about two hours. This will impact the following SOE services:

  • Game servers may sporadically lose connection across all games
  • Commerce functions, including purchases for all games
  • Game, web and forum logins for all games

Here's our handy time zone converter to help you plan.

SOE President's Flight Diverted After Bomb Scare

Many Sony Online Entertainment players experienced downtime this weekend when both PSN and SOE were targeted in a DDOS attack. President John Smedley was vocal on Twitter Sunday, keeping everyone up-to-date with the status of server restoration.

The hacker group that initiated the DDOS took things one step further later on Sunday – tweeting out a false alarm to American Airlines, claiming that the flight Smedley was returning to San Diego on had "explosives on board."

SOE Live Attendees to Receive Loot Cards

In previous years, registered participants of SOE's annual convention would typically receive their in-game swag items in the weeks following the event. SOE is going a different route this year with the introduction of the SOE Live Loot Card.

Registered attendees will receive these cards on-site in their swag bags and can redeem them on any account that they choose. Additional cards will also be available on-site for $35 each. Anyone who registered but does not attend will receive their Loot Card key via email on or around August 22, 2014.

These cards are single use and will grant the account items for all of SOE's game, plus a mysterious mention for EverQuest Next. Only one card may be applied per account. Check out the full list of goodies after the jump.

SOE Maintenance/EQ2 Downtime - Tuesday, Aug 5

SOE has announced a downtime and maintenance for Tuesday, August 5, 2014 beginning at 4:00 AM PDT. The maintenance is expected to take at least four hours. It will impact the following services:

  • Game servers will be down for the following games:
    • DC Universe Online
    • EverQuest II
    • Landmark
    • PlanetSide 2
  • Commerce functions, including purchases for all games
  • Game, web and forum logins for all games

EverQuest II's weekly hotfix will occur simultaneously with this maintenance window. Patch notes for the EQ2 downtime are available after the jump.

Here's our handy Time Zone Conversion Tool to help you plan.

SOE Joins ZAM For a Landmark Livestream

On Tuesday, July 29th (today!), Sony Online Entertainment's Director of Development, Dave Georgeson, and Landmark Senior Producer, Terry Michaels, will be joining LockSixTime for a Landmark play session livestream! Join us this evening and tune in on the ZAM Twitch TV channel at 4pm Pacific (7pm Eastern). See you there!

UPDATE: The recording is now available after the jump, or catch the text highlights here!

SOE Grants Members Two Free Days

Sony Online Entertainment has been plagued by DNS problems since early Tuesday morning, causing players to intermittently be unable to access SOE websites, forums, and games. Today SOE issued an apology on their forums (if you can get to them) and social media:

We deeply regret the recent service interruption. We will be adding two days of membership time to all members’ accounts.

Because domain registration can take a while to filter through internet service providers everywhere, players may continue to have issues. In cases like this things are usually completely resolved within 48-72 hours. If you don't want to wait, you can also try to flush or map your DNS.