PlayStation Store Pre-Orders Europe PS4

There are a total of six PlayStation 4 games available to pre-order on the European PlayStation Store right now, two of which have expanded premium options. This compares pretty poorly to North America, where there's at least double that amount. Noticeable absentees include Resident Evil and Grim Fandango, both of which support pre-loading, meaning that players overseas can have the content installed and ready to go on the day of release.

This is frustrating in itself, as Sony made a big song and dance about the feature when it was deployed, boasting that it would give digital games a leg up over their physical counterparts. However, the greater concern is that publishers have attached pre-order bonuses to the aforementioned titles, neither of which can be obtained without the option to purchase them in the first place.

Capcom's actually already acknowledged this, and confirmed that anyone who picks up its next-gen Resident Evil remake within the first two weeks of its release will still get access to its previously pre-order exclusive cross-buy feature, meaning that you'll be able to play the game on both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 3. However, there's no word on how Double Fine will handle Grim Fandango's free themes just yet.

Irrespective of its solution, it's frustrating that this is even a problem in the first place. Capcom says that it "wasn't possible" to put up a Resident Evil pre-order in Europe, and yet Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has been ready to go for some time. To be clear, we're not blaming the Japanese publisher, as this is clearly an issue with SCEE – after all, the likes of Costume Quest 2 and Counter Strike: Global Offensive still aren't available in these parts.

Jawad Ashraf, who has the unenviable job of trying to communicate these frequent blunders on the PlayStation Blog, explained earlier today that Sony "will not be setting [Resident Evil] up for pre-order [and] pre-load", but while the comment is appreciated, we'd like to know why. We understand that Europe is a complex territory consisting of dozens of different nations, but the company needs to be a little more open about these clangers, otherwise people may begin to believe that it's not even trying in the first place.

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