SOE Breaks Down its “Welcome Back” Program

Over one month of free access and a ton of free in-game stuff is in store for users.

After initially claiming that all of its customers were safe Sony Online Entertainment drastically changed its tune. For the tens of millions that were affected SOE is apologizing by throwing a bunch of free stuff at you. The package is quite similar to what PSN users are getting.

First up, everyone will get 30 free days of SOE access with an additional day of free usage being added on for every single day the network remains offline. All North American Station account-holders will also be given the option for a free one-year enrollment in Debix (similar offerings will be made in other regions). Debix is the same identity-theft prevention firm that all PSN customers will have access to. Listed below, you’ll also find all of the free in-game items that will be thrown your way.


  • DC Universe Online: Batman and Two-Face Inspired Masks and 30 Marks of Distinction
  • Free Realms: Free daily items (7 to collect)
  • Clone Wars Adventures: Count Dooku v2 Outfit
  • EverQuest: A series of events, including Double XP, Double Rare Mob Spawns and Double Faction Gains
  • EverQuest II and EverQuest II Extended: A series of events, including Double XP, Double Guild XP, Loot Bonanza, and City Festivals
  • Vanguard: Saga of Heroes: A series of Double XP events
  • Star Wars Galaxies: Bounty Hunter Statue, a miniature model of Boba Fett’s ship, the Slave I
  • Magic: The Gathering – Tactics: Four of each of these spells: “Ivory Mask”, “Duress” and “Angelheart Vial”, plus 500 Station Cash
  • PoxNora: Limited edition Carrionling, Welcome Back 5K Gold Award Tournaments and two Draft Tournaments, plus 500 Station Cash

Finally, there’s some in-game cash incentives for certain subscribers. Lifers will be awarded 20,000 Free Realms coins, 7,500 Galactic Credits for Clone Wars Adventures and 10 Marks of Distinction for D.C. Universe Online. Last, but not least, Station Access subscribers are going to be handed 500 Station Cash.

That sounds like a pretty heft package but will it be enough to appease the scorned user base? Considering the dedication most MMO players have to their game(s) of choice, I’m guessing yes. Sony closed out the press reminding its customers that: “We continue to work around the clock to restore SOE’s services and thank you for your continued patience as we complete our investigation of this criminal attack.” MTB wishes the best of luck to all of those that have been impacted by the security breach.

[Source: SOE]

[Image courtesy of Front Towards Gamer.]

Nick Santangelo
Nick Santangelo
Nick Santangelo

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Nick has been a gamer since the 8-bit days and a member of the MTB editorial team since January of 2011. He is not to be interrupted while questing his way through an RPG or desperately clinging to hope against all reason that his Philly sports teams will win any given game he may be watching. Seriously folks, reading this acknowledges that you relieve MTB of any and all legal liability for his actions.

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