Still hope the preload applies for the EU. If not I won't be too happy and Sony will have lied.
The pre-load does apply to the EU store and always has because pre-load is an EU store feature.
The US store never had the pre-load feature which is why I was so skeptical and confused when R* tweeted that. I was right, it's just the EU store that will have a pre-load. NA Store simply does not offer that feature.