Sony Defends Welcome Back Appreciation Program Offerings

May 17, 2011 -

Sony announced its "Welcome Back appreciation program" for PlayStation Network users, and while some found the free game offerings for PS3 and PSP exciting, many in the community are not happy with the selections. While Sony understands PSN user frustration, the company defended the free baubles it is offering gamers.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's Head of communications Nick Caplin told Eurogamer: "We've tried really hard to put together a list of high quality BD games, rather than simply offering cheaper PSN titles. The average metacritic rating for these games is over 84 percent, so these are high quality games."

PlayStation 3 owners are each entitled to choose two games from a list of five, which includes Dead Nation, inFAMOUS, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD, and Wipeout HD + Fury. PSP owners choose two games from a list that includes LittleBigPlanet (PSP), ModNation Racers, Pursuit Force, and Killzone Liberation.

But for those players that already own some of these games or are not satisfied with the selection, there are very few options available.

"Unfortunately with a user base of 77m people, it is really hard to offer something for everyone," Caplin commented.

Sony also announced that PSN users will get 30 days of PlayStation Plus, but the content downloaded by users will be lost at the end of the subscription service period.

"Unfortunately that is the way PS Plus works," Caplin explained. "But if you look at as access to a lot of free content for a month, you should have a busy month of gaming."

Source: Eurogamer


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Re: Sony Defends Welcome Back Appreciation Program Offerings

I wanted to get a copy of inFAMOUS anyway, since i'm a late adopter, and this will be a nice chance to see if Playstation Plus will be worth it to me.

Already looked up pricing.

Re: Sony Defends Welcome Back Appreciation Program Offerings

""Unfortunately with a user base of 77m people, it is really hard to offer something for everyone," Caplin commented.

Yet, they've only offered 5 PSN titles, all of which appear to have been published by Sony.

I'm sure other publishers of PS3 titles are amused by this, seeing as they've lost money and their games will further be neglected due to Sony's offerings.

No, Sony didn't even try and 'offer something for everyone'. They offered specific titles that would only benefit them when they contributed to this clusterf*ck.

Re: Sony Defends Welcome Back Appreciation Program Offerings

They said 2 out of 5 games during the outage, so it isn't really a suprise. And it is much easier for Sony to charge itself for cost than 3rd party developers.

The only problem is for PS3 owners that own 4 or all 5 titles and feel left out. And personally I think Sony should have gone for newer games, like LittleBigPlanet 2 or SOCOM 4.

Re: Sony Defends Welcome Back Appreciation Program Offerings

The problem is, the actual cost of those games are significantly higher, and the people who bought those at full price would be pissed. Unless, of course, they offered a wider selection of games to choose from, but now we've come back full circle.

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Re: Sony Defends Welcome Back Appreciation Program Offerings

Sheesh. People complain about anything nowadays, won't they? What else do they want for free? How about a magical unicorn, or a pot of gold while they're at it?

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Re: Sony Defends Welcome Back Appreciation Program Offerings

Let people rage. This is one of the biggest data breaches in history. Unless you think it was a-okay to have information stolen, of course.

Re: Sony Defends Welcome Back Appreciation Program Offerings

"Sony also announced that PSN users will get 30 days of PlayStation Plus, but the content downloaded by users will be lost at the end of the subscription service period."

I hope this won't include the stuff bought at a discount. =\

Re: Sony Defends Welcome Back Appreciation Program Offerings

If I remember right, any paid content is yours to keep. I think you only lose the free stuff you get as a member of Playstation Plus if you don't renew your membership. As well as any of the PSN games or PSOne Classics you get for free.

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Re: Sony Defends Welcome Back Appreciation Program Offerings

Yeah. The two free games are ours to keep, forever. It's simply the stuff that comes for free with PlayStation Plus that won't be useable anymore at the end of the subscription, unless you renew it or simply buy the downloaded games in question.

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