Towards the end of last year, it was reported that all future PlayStation 3 titles (in 2009 and beyond) must support Trophies. This came as good news to many, especially after a year where Trophy support was spotty at best (they had only freshly introduced the feature, remember). However, some games in 2009 clearly don't boast Trophies, so…what's the deal?
Well, PSU contacted SCE to get an answer on this matter. Thing is, a game has to have been "submitted for certification after January 1, 2009" to fall under this new mandatory Trophy rule. One game used as an example, the recently released and unfortunately mediocre Shellshock 2: Blood Trails , does not have Trophy support. But it was submitted to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) way back in June 2008, so they didn't need to include Trophies. So for a little while longer, you may want to check the certification date with the ESRB or BBFC before picking up a game with the supposed added bonus of "mandatory Trophy support." Obviously, once we get to the point where almost no games would've been submitted before January 1 of this year, this will become an irrelevant issue. For the time being, though, this is a clarification that many gamers have been looking for; we've seen plenty of questions like, "hey, I thought all PS3 games were supposed to have Trophies now!" Technically, yes, that's true. Just read the fine print.
We're still not sure how important Trophies (and Achievements on the Xbox 360) are to most gamers, but we imagine they act as nice little additions to the experience. We doubt many are breaking their fingers trying to get every last Trophy/Achievement for every game they play…or maybe plenty are, who knows?