There’s a long weekend on the way – but Sony seems eager to encourage you to go outside and play. Apparently, the platform holder is planning a period of PlayStation Network maintenance starting 16:00PM BST on 21st April through until 04:00AM BST on 22nd April. There’s nothing especially abnormal about that – aside from the fact that it’s a Bank Holiday here in the UK.

The snippet comes courtesy of a tweet by community manager Chris Owen, which has since been deleted. Alas, our friends over at The Sixth Axis managed to catch a screen grab of the message before it was pulled, confirming that this was certainly on the cards at one point. Our hope is that the platform holder has seen sense, and decided to postpone the period of inactivity.

Should that not be the case, you will still be able to play online – assuming that you've logged into your PSN account 24 hours prior to the downtime. Alas, with a scorching weekend in store, you may have other plans in mind. Regardless, as the abovementioned publication rightly points out, you definitely won’t be able to access the PlayStation Store – and its previously revealed Easter sale.

It’s true that the Bank Holiday only applies in Europe, with much of the United States set to go back to work on 21st April, but a bit of foresight could have avoided this whole sorry scenario. Let’s hope that the manufacturer’s now aware of its error, and decided to reschedule the maintenance to a more convenient time.

[via twitter.com, thesixthaxis.com]