Sony: Trophies Required For All PlayStation 3 Titles In 2009
It was probably only a matter of time, but it may come as news to some developers. So if you industry guys aren't aware, you had best prepare Trophies for your new PlayStation 3 game. It's gonna be a rule.
According to VideoGamer.com, an anonymous inside source has revealed that, starting January 2009, it will be mandatory for game designers to support Trophies for any PS3 title they wish to produce. SCEE recently confirmed the tip, saying- "Yes, from Jan 09 all games must have Trophies." Thus far, only certain PS3 games have launched with Trophy support, and when the system first became available via firmware update this past summer, PS3 owners complained about an initial lack of support. Well, now you won't have to worry. Sony is essentially forcing developers to support Trophies, so come next year, it won't even be a question anymore. Thankfully, this means we've pushed past the awkward phase where Trophies for particular games wouldn't become available until well after the title's launch. Because most all Trophies aren't retroactive, they required that you play through the game again if you wanted to nab the new Trophies. Sure, certain titles are well worth playing again, but it could still get very annoying.
But no more saying, "yeah well, I'm going to wait to play it until they release the Trophy patch." No more patches or updates; Trophies are coming with the game, or the game doesn't release at all. Plain and simple.
11/20/2008 John Shepard