Sony Europe 'Welcome Back' program features free games

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has announced its own "Welcome Back" program, pledging free games as part of the reboot of the PlayStation Network.


After pledging to offer identity theft protection for members in its region, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has detailed its own "Welcome Back" program for PlayStation Network users.

Nick Caplin--Head of Communications at SCEE--revealed [via the PlayStation Europe blog] that affected PS3 users in the region will be able to select two free titles (from a list of five) and PSP users will be given a choice of two titles (from a list of four) as part of the goodwill initiative.

The games available as part of the program have yet to be revealed.

Caplin also details some of the complications with identity theft protection throughout Europe, noting that SCEE hopes to update users on the process by "early next week."

"Each country has a different way of handling identity theft; some offer relatively sophisticated services whilst others are much more modest," he said. "We are currently in the process of identifying how we manage this situation and once the programme is ready to launch, we will provide details of exactly which services are available in each country and explain how to sign up."

Sony Computer Entertainment America announced its own "Welcome Back" program on May 2.

For a breakdown of the most recent news on the Sony Data Theft situation, make sure to read today's recap and our recent timeline of the online debacle.

Xav de Matos was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    May 6, 2011 3:30 PM

    Xav de Matos posted a new article, Sony Europe 'Welcome Back' program features free games.

    Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has announced its own "Welcome Back" program, pledging free games as part of the reboot of the PlayStation Network.

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      May 6, 2011 6:20 PM

      Obviously a good call and one that is hopefully mirrored by Sony America. Two games are good but, damn, a two week outage. Granted, at least PSN isn't a for-pay service like Xbox Live, but that's still two weeks where, for a good amount of gamers, a PS3 was relatively useless.

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        May 6, 2011 9:56 PM

        a PS3 without PSN can still do a lot, netflix, blu ray, all your single player games etc. I miss the option of online gaming but it's not the end of my world at least. I guess it is for some.

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          May 7, 2011 8:09 AM

          This is what my PS3 has been designated for now. I haven't played a console game online since December and only have played mortal kombat recently.

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          May 7, 2011 8:11 AM

          and local MP

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        May 6, 2011 11:07 PM


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      May 6, 2011 9:58 PM


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        May 7, 2011 8:11 AM

        probably be the same, since most of the changes are on their end

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      May 6, 2011 11:33 PM

      Now I'll have the theme from Welcome Back, Kotter stuck in my head for a few days. And John Travolta doing various Vinny Barbarino lines.

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      May 7, 2011 5:24 AM

      I can imagine offering a service Europe-wide is a bit of a pain.

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      May 7, 2011 6:31 AM

      Anything else for those who couldn't play DCU?

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        May 7, 2011 6:54 AM

        I thought that DCU announced awhile ago that they were also doing either a month or credit for the time down.

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          May 7, 2011 7:10 AM

          DCUO is gifting 1 month free plus 1 day credit for each day we've been unable to play. Along with a Batman themed Mask (style piece only). meh?

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      May 7, 2011 7:27 AM

      GiantBomb was saying that to get the free month you have to sign up for the service, i.e. credit card info and a subscription duration.

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        May 7, 2011 8:27 AM

        ok - based on recent events that is quite stupid. Quite frankly I have absolutely no plans to trust them with any of my credit information again.

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          May 7, 2011 8:51 AM

          Im buying PSN cards if i want DLC from here on out.

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        May 7, 2011 8:46 AM

        Exactly what I was going to say! "Here's all this free stuff, but first we need your name, updated address, birthday, credit card information and your mom's maiden name. That's all!" LOL F-U Sony! I may have been stupid once but you're not going to get me again!

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      May 7, 2011 8:19 AM

      I assume these will be PSN games rather than full games?

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