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PSN Up By May31? We Didn’t Say That! May 10, 2011

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, EverQuest, EverQuest II, Sony Online Entertainment, Vanguard SOH.
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Sony is responding to yesterdays quotes that it plans to have the PlayStation Network fully operation by May 31st by now saying that it has no specific time frame for when the service will be restored.

It could be sooner… but it will likely be later the way this train wreck is unfolding.

And, of course, there is no mention of SOE at all.

SOE is arguably suffering more damage to its image than the PlayStation side of the business.  Sure, the PlayStation Network is down, but I can still stream Netflix, watch movies, and play (and even patch) my few PS3 games.  I have a tangible piece of hardware that still does things.

But SOE is down so hard it might as well be dead, and we know nothing about what may come to pass or when or what it will mean in the longer term.

I appreciate that SOE doesn’t have much to say, or cannot go into great detail, or is restricted by the corporate lawyers from saying anything of substance, but the daily posting on their Facebook page, like this one from yesterday:

SOE services will remain offline today. We continue to work diligently to bring things back as quickly as possible and appreciate your continued patience.

essentially say nothing at this point.  You can only rephrase “not today!” so many ways before people become restive or resort to parody.

There is literally nothing coming out of SOE but this Facebook drip.  Even Karen at Massively is pulling from pre-attack interviews to keep up their regular EQII feature.

Is this all-but-silent treatment really the best plan?

Addendum:

A new informationless posting at the PlayStation Blog:

I know you all want to know exactly when the services will be restored. At this time, I can’t give you an exact date, as it will likely be at least a few more days. We’re terribly sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work through this process.

A few more days sounds good, but so does “soon” and we know how that word has been abused in the past.

Nothing further from SOE.  I expect at some point this afternoon we’ll read on Facebook that SOE games won’t be up today.  Check back tomorrow.

WoW Subscriptions Drop! Who is benefitting? May 10, 2011

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, EverQuest, EverQuest II, Rift, Sony Online Entertainment, World of Warcraft.
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According to Kotaku, World of Warcraft had 12 million subscribers in October of 2010. More that 12 million, actually.

Yesterday Mike Morhaime gave the subscription number for WoW as 11.4 million, a 5% drop.

With that small percentage, WoW has shed enough subscriptions since Cataclysm came out to populate two moderately successful or one very successful MMO, as measured by the scale that does not include WoW.

Of course, that drop might not be just in North America and The EU, but a good chunk no doubt are.

And if those players are off to play other MMOs such as Rift, it ought to be like a renaissance in the MMO market.  That number of players looking for a game could make a game a success.

I am sure that Rift has soaked up a fair number of those departing WoW, but I wonder who else is feeling the benefit of this change?

And then there all of those SOE players looking for a game these days.  That is another good chunk.