Well, it looks like the days of trophy hunters getting a quick platinum trophy for a couple of bucks might be behind them as Sony is apparently cracking down on shovelware games designed for giving out easy trophies, according to a letter Sony sent to developers via DexDotExe from an anonymous source.
The letter details that the Japanese-based company is looking to keep the quality of the PlayStation Store’s content under control. To do this Sony is looking to remove any current or upcoming shovelware games, which the company refers to as ‘spam’ and repetitive’ content, from the PlayStation Store to offer its users ‘the best experience on the platform. Sony has made similar moves with the quality of the PlayStation Store’s content in the past by censoring games with adult-ish content which hasn’t been altered by PlayStation’s competitors.
“Products whose functionality and/or assets are copied or are not meaningfully different from products already published on PlayStation Store, irrespective of the publisher of record. Multiple concepts and product variants, published by individual partners, that have duplicative functionality or experiences, differentiated only by minor variances of functionality or assets,” PlayStation detailed in a letter to developers.
I’m not gonna lie here, I’ve bought a bevy of easy platinum games in the past and the news is a little disheartening for me and my fellow trophy hunter which includes Greg Miller’s humourous reaction to the news. I think the move is understanding as it’s their platform so they can do as they wish and it is getting pretty wild with how many platinum I’ve earned from these types of games. Although I do wonder if all these additional requirements will negatively impact developers trying to get on PlayStation for the first time and asking themselves if “jumping through all these hoops” is worth it.