All I wanted to do was play some arcade X-Men with an Internet superstar.
Instead, I got “maintenance messages” and shattered dreams. And by shattered dreams, I mean we played Soul Calibur IV instead. It was the closest equivalent I could find in terms of “just mash buttons” gameplay.
So, what’s up with the “maintenance” that’s been going on at PSN for the last several days, preventing players from going online? Well, I would love to tell you, but I can’t. Why? Because in an age of instant communication, Sony hasn’t really said anything throughout the entire debacle.
The big revelation to come from them today is that an “outside intrusion” is responsible for the shutdown, seemingly confirming Internet speculation that PSN had suffered some sort of hacking attempt. It seems to just be the latest chapter in the unending saga between Sony and the Internet.
Since I have close to zero information to work with here, I’ll refrain from making rash judgments about the situation. However, I will say that the lack of transparency from Sony is extremely disheartening. I know PSN is free (assuming you’re not signed up for Plus), but that doesn’t mean you should just leave everyone in the dark when something like this happens. Especially not on a week that is accompanied by some of the biggest releases of the year!
With Child of Eden being delayed for PlayStation 3, as well as Team Ico also announcing delays for Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, and The Last Guardian, it’s been a depressing week for PlayStation users.
Meanwhile, I guess I need to brush up on my Soul Calibur IV some more. Who knows when this is getting resolved? Certainly not me. And apparently, neither does Sony.