Now that the PlayStation Network is restored to much of the world, we now get to know what exactly the "Welcome Back" program entails. The PlayStation Blog for North America (US and Canada) and Europe has detailed what PS3 and PSP owners can expect to get when the PlayStation Store gets restored soon. PS3 and PSP gamers will get to choose two free games from a pre-selected list, and the choices are pretty good for both camps. The stipulation is that you must be a registered PS3/PSP owner as of April 20th, 2011, so that means everyone affected by the outage can partake in the program.
For North American PS3 owners, the list of games are: LittleBigPlanet, inFAMOUS, Super Stardust HD, Wipeout HD + Fury, and Dead Nation. North American PSP owners can choose between: LittleBigPlanet, Killzone Liberation, ModNation Racers, and Pursuit Force. For PS3 owners in Europe, the choice is similar but instead of Super Stardust HD, you get Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty. European PSP owners get the same game as their friends in North America. PS3 owners in Germany will get Hustle Kings and Super Stardust HD instead of inFAMOUS and Dead Nation, while German PSP owners get Everybody's Golf 2 and Buzz Junior Jungle Party instead of Killzone Liberation and Pursuit Force.
What's more is that non-PS Plus members will get a free 30 day trial while existing members will get an additional 60 days tacked on to their subscription. Existing Music Unlimited subscribers will get an additional 30 days tacked on, plus any days lost for North American users. North American gamers will also get a selection of movie rentals to choose from that will be selected by Sony. The rentals will be good for an upcoming weekend. Also for North America, PS Home users will get an extra 100 items for free as well as some extra free content when it launches. European PS Home users have to wait a little longer to see what they will get.
Everything will be accessible once the PlayStation Store returns. It seems Sony is trying its best to make good on all the time lost, and free games go a long ways towards that. I am sure it will not please everyone, but at least it is something.