The EuropeanPlayStation Network isn't exactly known for its PSOne Classics library. After months of teasing us by (deep breath) publishing only either obscure games ("Future Cop L.A.P.D." anyone?), Disney Licensed Games (Toy Story 2 being the only aversion of The Problem with Licensed Games), and Classics that were not mainstream titles like Spyro the Dragon (as of now un-re-released) but more like Classics in every meaning of the word (Pong, Centipede and Missile Command), and, most infuriatingly, after publishing a perfectly working version of the previously withdrawnCrash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back secretly (you literally got to look for it with the "search" option!) and taking it away again, all of this always being vague instead of ever answering to Classics-related questions and complaints... Maurizio Quintavalle of SCEE made a bombastic [to us, upset for the Classics] announcement in his "3rd of November 2010 Store update": "Instead of the usual list, I'd like to make a point: some of the most wanted PS One Classics have been said to be on their way to the Store. We're working on it, although there are no known release dates given the various technical - and legal - problems that have to be taken to account." Now it's a bit pathetic to say and says a lot about the European Store, but nonetheless, BEST. UPDATE. EVER.
The Play Station Network got hacked? All the Credit Card data and personal info stolen? And they promised that by May 6 they'll be back? They didn't! That's it, I won't trust Sony anym- WHAT'S THAT? Free 30 days of PSN+? Free games for PS3 and PSP (2 each)? Online system restored just this May 15? HECK YEAH!!! I don't care that the Store is still closed, let's get to ONLINE BATTLES, YEAH!
For the US and the rest of the world, sure. Japan and Asia will have it back this end of May.
On December 12 2012, the EU PS One Classics selection was officially Rescued from the Scrappy Heap. As well as the previously mentioned Spyro the Dragon trilogy, we also got Um Jammer Lammy, Tomba 2: The Evil Swine Return, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.note Even better, in the post announcing both Castlevania SOTN and Spyro, Jawad Ashraf of the European Playstation blog was really proud about this progress, to the point he was encouraging the demand of the other classics' long overdue re-releases: a far cry from the situation back in 2009, where the Classics' demand was seen as whining by blog users and, occasionally, by SCEE's own staff. It took a while, but SCEE ultimately realized that the demand of this kind of "retro" titles, while coming from a vocal minority, was just as important as the need of new releases.