The PlayStation Network's scheduled maintenance this evening has unfortunately been extended past its intended duration time.
The mainenance period was initially scheduled from 8 AM PST this morning until 8 PM PST this evening, but the final word at this point is that it will continue through the night and into tomorrow morning. The official updated statement on the PlayStation Blog states:
"UPDATE: Though estimated to end at 8:00pm PST tonight, maintenance has been extended to tomorrow morning. Updates as we get them."
Thursday nights aren't exactly the highest populated nights for gaming servers, but this is surely a major setback for many gamers this evening. The original article on PS Blog stated that those who were online before maintenance could connect to the PSN, but, with this extension, it's hard to believe that Sony wouldn't kick everyone out to ensure that all issues are properly resolved. Let us know below if this has happened to you, or use the same space to tell us what you've been playing while the network has been down for maintenance.
Via PS Blog