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SOE Says Welcome Back

Now that PSN is well on the road to recovery, Sony Online Entertainment's services are also coming back online.

Sony's online services started coming back over the weekend, with much rejoicing heard throughout the land as PSN service was finally restored and everyone who bought Portal 2 was finally able to redeem that free PC copy that had been sitting in the case, taunting them. Now, Sony Online Entertainment's titles are coming back, too, and the company has confirmed the details of its "Welcome Back" program.

If you're a Station account holder -- that is, you've played an SOE title in the past -- then you'll be credited with 45 days of game time for each and every game you have currently or previously activated on your account. If you have an active billing plan, the time has been added to the end of your current cycle. If your subscription is currently inactive, your free 45 days begins on your first login to each of the relevant games. You've only got until 11:59pm PST on August 31 to redeem this time, though, so get logged in and playing if you want to claim it.

Those currently subscribed to Station Access (which grants access to DC Universe Online, Free Realms, Star Wars Galaxies, Everquest Online Adventures for PS2 (wow, that still exists?), EverQuest, EverQuest II, Planetside, Pirates of the Burning Sea and Vanguard for $29.99 a month) will also receive 500 Station Cash for purchase of in-game premium items in several of SOE's titles.

Lifetime subscribers, who paid a one-time fee to be able to access the game any time they like, will receive in-game currency instead of free game time, since they are not on a "billing cycle" as such. Those playing Clone Wars Adventures will receive 7,500 Galactic Credits, Free Realms players get 20,000 Coins and DC Universe Online players get 10 Marks of Distinction. These rewards are provided on top of the special items and events available to all players, which are outlined here.

SOE says that there was "no evidence that our main credit card database was compromised" in the recent attacks, but "information from an outdated database from 2007 containing approximately 12,700 non-US customer credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates (but not credit card security codes) and about 10,700 direct debit records listing bank account numbers of certain customers in Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Spain may also have been obtained." The company promises to notify any of the affected customers "promptly," but it looks as if US-based players are safe for now.

Don't forget to log in to your SOE services and change your passwords, though. And make it a good one! "passw0rd1" won't cut it any more.

This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as SOE Says Welcome Back


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