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PlayStation Store Aiming To Return Next Tuesday

May 19, 2011 Written by Sebastian Moss

As one of the largest digital distribution platforms in the world, the PlayStation Store allows millions of users to download thousands of games, items and DLC, as well as movies and TV shows. Unfortunately, due to the network’s recent hack, the store has been inaccessible for the past few weeks, something that may be set to change on May 24th.

If you have a PlayStation Network account, odds are you’ve downloaded at least one item from the PlayStation Store, with many gamers eager to download the games that were supposed to have been released over the past few weeks, as well as from the Store’s bountiful back-catalogue. According to a memo apparently sent to PSN publishers and reported by Gamasutra, the store is readying for a return next Tuesday.

Content Manager Jack Osorno wrote to the developers, thanking them for their patience:

We thank you for your patience as we work to resume service of the PlayStation Store

On the 24th, content that was originally scheduled to publish on April 26th will be released, then, three days later (27th), content which was originally scheduled for May 3rd will be released. The next week, content will be released on Tuesday, May 31st and and Friday, June 3rd, with content that was initially planned to be spread over three weeks. If all goes to plan, the Store will then be up-to-date, and return to normal service.

Developers and publishers can ask for their release dates to be changed, which Sony will then evaluate:

If there are concerns, we are willing to consider adjusting the release date of your content on this schedule. Adjustments will be made on a case by case basis.

Osorno did not specify any plans to assist developers monetarily or through advertising, despite calls from some developers – including Q-Games’ Dylan Cuthbert – to compensate those affected.

Presumably, the 24th will also see the release of the “Welcome Back” package (US, EU) that includes free games and more in an effort to make up for the downtime.