Some PS3 games may lack Trophy support in 09
- Posted February 18th, 2009 at 08:47 EDT by Steven Williamson
- 47 Comments
While reviewing the dismal first person shooter Shellshock 2: Blood Trails this week, it came to our attention that the horror sequel didn't feature Trophy support, something that we thought was mandatory in all games released in 2009.
Searching around the net for the definitive answer, we discovered plenty of debate about the subject, with quite a few people assuming, like we did, that Sony Computer Entertainment had ruled that all games must feature Trophy support this year.
To clear the issue up and get clarification on the matter, we contacted SCE who confirmed that Trophy support is only mandatory in titles that were submitted for certification after January 1, 2009. According to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC,) Shellshock 2: Blood Trails was classified in June 2008, so it was at the developer's discretion whether it included Trophy support or not. It's unlikely that this particular game will sell well, so it's also very improbable that it will ever receive the feature.
It's worth checking then the official date of certification with the ESRB or BBFC before you buy or rent a game if you're simply hoping to improve your Trophy tally. You may be disappointed otherwise. Many of the games that we'll see in 2009 were submitted before January 1st, so Trophy-less titles this year are still a possibility. It's not really going to be an issue with any of the major titles, but games from smaller studios may still be affected.
- 3:49am EST - February 18th, 2009
Yeah. Alot of people knew this. Still a bit gutting though.
- 3:49am EST - February 18th, 2009
Then there's a possiblibity that they'll get no consumer support either.
- 3:50am EST - February 18th, 2009
Can't believe this crap! Some devs STILL don't give a s*** about trophies!!
- 3:51am EST - February 18th, 2009
Blood trails is CRAP , you wonder why ? they cant make it trophy support because the ps3 is to superior for blood trail crap. lol
- 4:02am EST - February 18th, 2009
well were getting fifa trophies so all is well :D
- 4:02am EST - February 18th, 2009
i dont mind trophies but i think its to much of a focus. i dont care for trophies in killzone 2 cos its not why im playing it nor the other games i have. i think ms and its crappy achievements became to much of a 'must have' but lets face it, achievement points in ms IS the currency you use to buy crap, ps3 trophies are just an addon as it doesnt matter towards purchases etc.
- 4:08am EST - February 18th, 2009
You obviously have no clue how Achievements work on the Xbox 360. You do NOT use them to purchase items. They are an add-on, exactly like PS3 Trophies.
- 4:12am EST - February 18th, 2009
Thankfully this just clarifies what most people already thought was the case regarding 08/09 games. It shouldn't be long before the 08 classified titles are all released and out of the way.
I should expect that even with some of the games that were classified last year, the developers will realize that a lack of trophy support could potentially be pretty harmful to the sales of their product, and quickly get wise to patching their games. It's not too much for the average customer to ask for, after all.
- 4:30am EST - February 18th, 2009
Some people have different takes on trophy support, I for one think it gives that certain game a better replay value to achieve that goal. Some people dont really care for it which is ok, but trophy support shouldn't be a priority, having various updates for the PS3 such as in game chat should be one of their top priorities
- 4:31am EST - February 18th, 2009
i was told by someone who had an xbox a while back that the points you earn u can use towards purchasing things in the store. id figured he knew what he was on about.
- 4:36am EST - February 18th, 2009
Trophies would mean a lot more if Sony were to add a system where people can trade their trophies for clothes or other items in HOME. I wish this would be added some day.
- 4:37am EST - February 18th, 2009
If it's limited to games like SS then were ok. All 3 of the people who are gonna play SS will be disappointed. FYI: The games title (in this article) is listed as a banned word if I try to put it in these comments?!
- 4:38am EST - February 18th, 2009
@11 was there a rumour about that happening?
- 4:53am EST - February 18th, 2009
I dont know how hard it is to put trophies in the game. When multiplatform, trophies end up being obtained the same way as the xbox360 achievements. Really how hard can it be? Tho trophies are not the reason why i buy a game still it adds replay value. It gives you the sense of progression every time you play a game
- 5:02am EST - February 18th, 2009
Trophies aren't THAT great. I've played Assassin's Creed, MGS4, Resistance: FoM, and some others which don't have any trophies. I don't see how they possibly add to the enjoyment. You buy a game for fun, not for the trophies. No PS2 game had them, and what? There were legends, like God of War and Kingdom Hearts, or the Final Fantasy titles. Nobody cared, everyone enjoyed the games.
- 5:23am EST - February 18th, 2009
Just wanted to point out that Classification of a game is not the same as submittion for certification. They do happen relatively close to each other as they both need a finished version of the game ( sometimes a buggier version is sent to classification ).
Getting approved is the last step just before submitting to mass duplication ( which takes a minimum of 3 weeks ).
All in all, I'm just trying to say that you can expect trophies to be in 95% of the game released THIS month, and 100 % afterwards. Hope this helps.
- 5:38am EST - February 18th, 2009
@6...again i repeat you are a blabbering i.d.i.o.t. you don't use achievement point to purchase stuff on XBLM. WTF are you talking about? @7 yea your absolutely right, trophies are the same in PS3 are they are on X360...they add replay value, for some gamers help them get their moneys worth & as for me as just fun to obtain...serve as bragging rights if you will, its also cool to compare your stats with other gamers. @10 so if someone who owned an X360 told you that the X360 grows an organic dong out of the disc tray you'd believe him? gullible, ignorant ps3 fan-boy you are.
- 5:44am EST - February 18th, 2009
I'd rather have in game music support than trophy support. Where in tar hootie is that?
- 5:52am EST - February 18th, 2009
@17... y don't u stop calling InfiniteRetro a blabbering idiot and actually explain to him what they are so he knows.
@6...I'm going to try and guess this one... but i think the achievements build ur gamerscore and those gamerscore points are what you use in XBL.
- 6:13am EST - February 18th, 2009
generally the ppl i know tell me what they know in the best truth that they can so maybe instead of judging me you should read what i wrote. i said i was 'told' it and since i dont have the interest in the xbox at ALL im hardly going to source the stupid info on a thing i have NO interest in. christ why does a ps3 site have so many xbox ppl.
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