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Sony “Know about” Issues with EU Store

Submitted by on Wednesday, 21 January 20098 Comments

categoreuud4Looking at how Sony treats Europe at the moment you’d be forgiven for thinking there’s a serious amount of “middle-child” syndrome flying about.

After all, the region doesn’t get the fervent attention like the US does (youngest child); probably due to the obvious importance this seedling possesses in terms of its parents’ future.

The Old Continent is also not getting the “You got all the attention in the past – you can take care of yourself” treatment reserved for Japan (eldest sibling); the virtues of which are a different debate altogether.

In terms of Europe in this analogy, it’s like Sony is barely aware that there is another small person living in its house, wandering around aimlessly in disarray and flagrantly drawing on the walls out of contempt of how they’re being cared for.

With big titles still missing and no sign of the stores’ updates harmonising, read on for details of just what content still hasn’t shown up and what, if anything, Sony are doing to address the problem.

If you’re a European gamer you will be all too familiar with the weekly PSN updates served up for your delectation and (Sony hopes) your purchase. Though the service has definitely improved over the last few months, there are still a way to go for Europe to catch-up with its neighbour across the water.

BritishGaming has looked into the games previously released State-side currently MIA in the European store and, taking out content with a distinctive Americana flavour (we’re thinking that NFL Score Charts might garner a whole ten downloads in Europe – we could be wrong though), they’ve come up with the following egregious omissions.

  • Cash Guns Chaos
  • Cuboid
  • Lumines Supernova
  • Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode One and Two
  • PowerUp Forever
  • SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation
  • Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
  • Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars

Though we probably should be thankful that Cash Guns Chaos hasn’t hit us yet (our American cousins say it’s not that great but, if you like it, feel free to tell us why in the comments), Cuboid is an awesome puzzler that Europeans, with their high-brow aristocratic and non-violent demeanour (yeah right, anyone remember the Crusades?) would graciously lap up.

Lumines we know is imminent (as in, maybe tomorrow) as is Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars.  PowerUp Forever is also pretty new so we can forgive a slight delay, but where are the big hitters like Penny Arcade Adventures, SOCOM and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix?

Of course it’s not just PSN titles the Europeans are missing. Game spaces in Home, specific game updates and trophy support for titles such as Echochome and High Velocity Bowling; all this and more have not hit the EU store at the same time as its US counterpart.

Sony’s Network Management team have admitted that there are “known issues” with the release schedule across the multi-regions and promise things are being “looked at”. We reported last year that the approval process in Sony, with its fragmented region specific sign-off requirement (all games must be separately approved by SCEE, SCEA and SCEJ) was being streamlined into a centralised procedure with one approval gated solution for all but, so far, there’s no sign of it. The big questions is however: how much damage has Sony caused to the European market by this apparent display of indifference?

Let your opinion on this issue be known in the comments section below.