The saga of the pre-paid PlayStation Network cards has been an interesting and frustrating one.
First, we heard they would arrive at a certain time in North America, but they only turned up in bizarre retail locations at sporadic times. You can find them now but European gamers have been waiting for their shot at the handy-dandy PSN card. Unfortunately, according to a recently translated interview with Belgian gaming site 9lives , Sony has said you shouldn't hold your breath. As Sony stated-
"We know that the demand is huge, but it's a difficult task to release them. Europe has many countries, and each of them has their own VAT, you know. We won't say it will never come, but you can't expect it in the near future."
The region issue has been a recurring theme for Europe in previous years, concerning both hardware and software, and we know some gamers across the ocean often complain about the situation. Of course, one has to look at this from Sony's perspective as well; there are definite stumbling blocks and to deal with them all can be a daunting task (even for mega-powerful global corporations). On the other hand, there are plenty of legitimate complaints gamers have raised and they feel Sony just isn't giving them their just due. Well, this new information is bound to kick off the controversy yet again.