There’s never been a better time for you to take the shrink wrap off that copy of Wuthering Heights and lose yourself in the (occasionally uncomfortable) love story of Heathcliff and Catherine. Sony has announced that the PlayStation Network’s pre-arranged maintenance period is set to run until the early hours of Saturday morning in Europe. "Unfortunately PSN maintenance is still underway and service is now not expected to resume before tomorrow morning," a spokesperson explained on the PlayStation Europe Twitter account this evening. "We'll update again soon."

We’re starting to lose track of what that means for North America, but a recent PlayStation Knowledge Centre update noted that the company was aiming for the window to close at 21:00PM PDT. The official PlayStation Twitter account added: "PSN maintenance is requiring more time than expected, and is now expected to complete tonight. We apologize for the inconvenience."

The maintenance was only supposed to affect Thursday, 17th January, but it seems like something has gone seriously wrong. Perhaps the local bakery ran out of bagels, and the technicians refused to switch things back on until they got some bacon and egg-based sustenance. We’ve all been there.

Update: And it's all over. Normal service should now be resumed in Europe and North America.

[via twitter.com, twitter.com, support.us.playstation.com]