Original Story: European PS3 season pass holders for Dark Souls 2 are currently unable to unlock content they've already paid for, despite it being available for everyone else. The second of a trilogy of DLC, Crown of the Old Iron King, launched this week with no hitches on PC and Xbox 360, but for EU owners of the PS3 pass it shows up as requiring purchase.
This may seem like another of the game's nefarious lateral challenges, but the only solution at present is to buy the DLC, which is a pretty terrible solution since you've already ponied up the cash. Bandai Namco apologized for the error and warned PS3 pass holders to not purchase the content while it tries to fix the problem.
"Crown of the Old Iron King, the second chapter in its The Lost Crowns DLC trilogy for Dark Souls 2 has not been linked to the PlayStation Network season pass yet," reads an update on the game's Facebook page. "This new DLC only appears [as] a DLC to purchase. For those who have purchased the season pass, please do not purchase the DLC: We are working on enabling the link so you can download the second DLC automatically on your console. We are sorry for the inconvenience and ask you for a little bit more patience to enjoy the obscurest and most wicked pits in the Dark Souls 2 world."
Bandai Namco posted that update yesterday morning, but at the time of publication the problem remains unresolved. With PSN maintenance due later today, it's possible Euro PS3 pass holders won't gain access to Crown of the Old Iron King until tomorrow at the earliest.
This isn't the first time Bandai Namco has had PSN problems in recent months. Free-to-play PS3 fighter Soulcalibur: Lost Swords went through an unplayable launch earlier this year, forcing the publisher to relaunch the game a week later.