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SOE’s “Welcome Back” Package Detailed, Includes Lots of Freebies

May 15, 2011 Written by Paulmichael Contreras

Sony‘s restoration of their PlayStation Network, Qriocity and other online services are now in full swing, with the network coming back online in chunks around the globe. Sony Online Entertainment, the group behind many MMOs including DC Universe Online and Free Realms, had stated earlier they were creating a “make good” plan for subscribers to make up for all this lost play time. The plan has now been detailed, and is available after the jump.

Recently spotted on the security update page on SOE’s official site, the entire plan consists of these goodies:

  • DC Universe™ OnlineBatman™ and Two-Face™ Inspired Masks and 30 Marks of Distinction
  • Free Realms®: Free daily items (7 to collect)
  • Clone Wars Adventures™: Count Dooku v2 Outfit
  • EverQuest®: A series of events, including Double XP, Double Rare Mob Spawns and Double Faction Gains
  • EverQuest II and EverQuest II Extended: A series of events, including Double XP, Double Guild XP, Loot Bonanza, and City Festivals
  • Vanguard: Saga of Heroes®: A series of Double XP events
  • Star Wars Galaxies™: Bounty Hunter Statue, a miniature model of Boba Fett’s ship, the Slave I
  • Magic: The Gathering – Tactics™: Four of each of these spells: “Ivory Mask”, “Duress” and “Angelheart Vial”, plus 500 Station Cash
  • PoxNora®: Limited edition Carrionling, Welcome Back 5K Gold Award Tournaments and two Draft Tournaments, plus 500 Station Cash

While most of that concerns PC players, the benefits for DC Universe Online and Free Realms are going to be extended to PlayStation 3 gamers as well. In addition, lifetime members will receive 20,000 coins for Free Realms, and 10 Marks of Distinction for DC Universe Online. Perhaps the biggest freebie is one that is not listed above – “all impacted players will receive 30 days of game time added to the end of the current billing cycle in addition to one day for each day the system is down.” SOE customers will also have the same identity theft protection enrollment offered to them as was detailed on the PS.Blog. No word on when the system will be up, exactly, but considering SOE’s network has been down since May 2nd, that is 43 days of free online play accumulated so far.

Normal PlayStation users will also be treated to a “Welcome Back” package filled with free games and a PS+ subscription once the PlayStation Store is back.