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Expect the PSN Back by May 31 (Hopefully)

A new date for full service restoration has been issued.

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A Sony representative has pegged down a definitive date for the PlayStation Network’s full return. The company is aiming for the PSN to be fully operational by May 31, so states a recent Bloomberg report. This date was announced via Sony spokesperson Shigenori Yoshida, who said, “The company is in the process of adopting an improved security system and its plan to restart the services fully by May 31 is unchanged." In light of this news, I can’t help but think of Jerry Seinfeld’s hilarious rant about milk dating, branding the issue with a “That’s your god. damn. date right there!” type of quip.

With that said, a recent update on the PS Blog further states that Sony is still aiming to restore online gaming functionality before that end-of-the-line cut-off date. Originally, Sony planned to have online gaming up and running by the end of last week, with services like the PlayStation Store not returning till the end of the month. However, that obviously didn’t happen, as the PSN is still down in its entirety. Hopefully that changes soon enough.

Since the PlayStation Network went down on April 20, we’ve seen Portal 2, Mortal Kombat and SOCOM 4 release. Also, let us not forget that tomorrow sees the launch of Brink, Bethesda and Splash Damage’s online mulitplayer-focused shooter.