Players will be compensated game time and more for the extended outage.
UPDATE 8:08p.m. EDT: @j_smedley: Our games are live again!
You must first change your password before you'll be able to login to your game!
Sony Online Entertainment announced around 4:15pm PDT today that it is beginning "phased restoration" of its game services. Also announced is a Welcome Back Program which will compensate every Station Account in good standing with 45 days of game time as long as the account is logged into by 11:59pm PDT on August 31, 2011. In addition to game time, here are some highlights of other special items and events being offered:
Station Access Subscribers: 500 Station Cash (account must be in good standing)
Lifetime Subscribers: Select amounts of in-game currency (CWA, DCUO and Free Realms only)
EverQuest: Double XP, Double Rare Mob Spawns, Double Faction Gains (May 14 - May 22)
EverQuest II: Double XP, Double Guild XP, Loot Bonanza, City Festivals and Moonlight Enchantments, Original Aether Races (May 14 - May 22)
Free Realms: Free Daily Items, 7 total (May 14 - June 15)
Vanguard: Double Adventuring/Crafting/Diplomancy XP, Double Faction Gains (May 14 - May 22)
DC Universe Online: Two-Face Inspired Mask, Batman Inspired Mask, Marks of Distinction (granted to all existing characters)
See this article for a full listing of everything entailed by the SOE Welcome Back Program.
We at ZAM would like to point out that the games may not immediately be up at the time of this posting, so please have some patience while you wait for the login servers to be opened. We'd also like to remind our readers to reset their passwords once you are able to login.