Sony has announced that the PlayStation Store won't be back until the end of the month, as it still needs to further strengthen its PlayStation Network online service before it gets the store available.
Sony had a lot of problems with its PlayStation Network online service recently, as after a hacker attack four weeks ago, the company was forced to take it down, managing to get a part of it functional last week.
Yesterday, the company announced that the PlayStation Network was going down once more, this time for scheduled maintenance.
This led a lot of people to believe that the Japanese company was going to bring back the PlayStation Store, another integral component of the online service.
This, sadly, hasn't happened, as Sony confirmed that while it is working on bringing the Store back online, it still can't say for sure when it is available.
"For those asking about the PlayStation Store, we’re still targeting restoration of all services by the end of this month," Sony's Social Media Manager, Jeff Rubenstein. "Contrary to reports, the Store will not be publishing today."
The maintenance period ended yesterday at 5pm PST, and users can once again log into their PSN accounts, access the online multiplayer function and account management, but other options, including the Store, are still unavailable.
Once the store will be back online, Sony will finally be able to implement its "make good" program, which offers two free games, out of a choice of four, to all PlayStation Network users, for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable, respectively.
These games include Dead Nation, Infamous, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD, Wipeout HD + Fury for the PS3, and LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, Pursuit Force, Killzone Liberation, for the PSP in North America.
In Europe and other territories, these free titles may vary.