network security woes continued over the weekend, and the light at the end of the tunnel still seems like a distant pin prick for the embattled gaming giant and its displaced customers. Bloomberg
reports that Sony spokesman Shigenori Yoshida
indicated the company plans to restart Playstation Network services by May 31st, which would bring the total downtime to a whopping 41 days.
, head of communications for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
, posted an update to the European PlayStation blog
hinting at the reasons for a longer delay. "We expected to have the services online within a week. We were unaware of the extent of the attack on Sony Online Entertainment servers, and we are taking this opportunity to conduct further testing of the incredibly complex system
," he wrote.
While the PS3 versions of both Free Realms
and DC Universe Online
fall under the PSN umbrella, no word has been forthcoming as to a restart date for the rest of SOE's
MMO stable, which includes the PC versions of the aforementioned titles as well as EverQuest
and EverQuest II
[Update: CNET is reporting that Sony is considering a reward for information leading to the capture of the hackers. Meanwhile, Sony is apparently contesting reports about the May 31st date, suggesting no such hard deadline for PSN resumption exists.]