Developers Vow: Trophies Are Coming
As you all know, firmware update 2.40 is finally here, and it contains the long-awaited in-game XMB and Trophy support. However, many users are a little miffed at the idea that Trophies aren't retroactive, which means they'd have to replay any games they've already completed to nab those Trophies. Furthermore, we don't have a giant list of games coming out in the near future that will definitely support Trophies, although you can expect that all first-party games will.
However, developers are already starting to pledge their loyalty to the Trophy system, and we can expect many games, both old and new, to feature the option. It goes well beyond Super Stardust HD (the first game to allow Trophies); according to MCVUK, developers Criterion and Naughty dog have tossed their hat into the ring. They say that their biggest titles - Burnout Paradise and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, respectively - will soon get Trophies, and of course, this means future projects from these guys should also boast the support. There was a nasty rumor going around that only first-party titles would give us the Trophy option, but clearly, that isn't the case. Now that the capability is officially here, more developers are ready and willing to give PS3 users the equivalent of the Achievements for the Xbox 360 versions of next-gen games.
In addition, we can expect those same developers to start taking advantage of the in-game XMB. Obviously, as it hasn't been released until today, game makers haven't had any call to implement an in-game XMB into the development process for any given title. But all that has changed. New customization options are fun for all!
7/2/2008 Ben Dutka