Will Sony's Welcome Back Campaign Hurt or Help?

Developer Housemarque was supposed to release multiplatform title Outland on the PSN in late April, but the network was hacked. The game's release was pushed back.

Outland is a unique digital title that's been getting rave reviews. In the wake of the PSN hack, the game might be getting something else: lost in the shuffle.

The game's developer Housemarque tells Kotaku Japan that it's somewhat worried how Sony's Welcome Back campaign is going to impact its PSN sales—with free games being handed out, who wants to pony up for a PSN game right now?

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It is a real concern, but Sony's must do something to smooth over things with players. Then again, it could entice gun shy players back to the PSN, ultimately creating potential Outland players.

Whoever hacked the PSN didn't only stick it to Sony, he or she also stuck it to game developers like Housemarque.

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PSN障害はどれほどの痛手? ダウンロード専門のゲーム開発会社に訊いてみた [Kotaku Japan]

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DISCUSSION

I understand the developers problem with this Welcome Back campaign of Sony's. A good solution for everyone would have been to just give PSN users a set amount of credit to make a purchase on any game they wanted.

But let's face it, that never would have happened! That would have cost Sony more money in the end. Unfortunately I have most of the games that are on offer in this Welcome Back program but that's ok, I would have been fine with just having the service back up and running along with the data protection they are offering.

With that being said, I do think Sony should be fined, along with any and all other companies that allow customers personal data to be stolen so easily. If anything, just to keep pressure on said companies to put forth the necessary steps to ensure their customers data is secured as safely as possible. I know nothing is totally safe, but Sony did a poor job on this issue. After all, it's been reported numerous time that this was the biggest data breach in history.

Let me say this as well, Outland is a good game that deserves attention. I've been playing it on the 360 for a few weeks. I have yet to finish it but what I have played is very fun. I just wish the environments had a bit more variety, so far it looks like one big level. At least the Metroid/Castlevania games had level variety.