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Activision hopes PSN is restored in time for Black Ops DLC

Activision has said that it is “hopeful” Sony can restore PlayStation Network in time for the PlayStation 3 release of Call of Duty: Black Ops’ Escalation DLC later this quarter.

Speaking during the publisher’s quarterly earnings call last night (via Seeking Alpha), the company admitted that PSN’s continued outage would likely result in the loss of high-margin revenue for the industry giant.

"With regard to the PlayStation Network issues Sony is facing, we are hopeful that they will be up and running as soon as possible,” commented Activision Publishing CEO, Eric Hirshberg.

"We’re planning on launching the Call of Duty Escalation content pack for the PS3 later in the quarter and I’m hopeful that this situation will be resolved by then."

"For the June quarter… revenues will be down versus the prior year, due primarily to a smaller product lineup and the expected loss of high-margin revenue due to the temporary the PlayStation Network shutdown,” observed Thomas Tippl, Activision’s CFO.

Sony has commented that it aims to have PSN fully restored by May 31, with online gaming rumored to be back up and running within the next few days.

Stay tuned.