Could Sony Interactive Entertainment take more action against shovelware and cheaply produced titles in the PlayStation Store in the future? This is said to emerge from a letter to developers that was leaked to the gaming magazine “Dex.exe”.
For years, the various download stores have been flooded with cheaply produced titles that only serve one specific purpose: to shower the player with achievements or trophies cheaply and above all without great effort.
As early as the summer, it became apparent that those responsible at Sony Interactive Entertainment were no longer willing to stand idly by and watch this hustle and bustle. For example, in August this year, Press X for Trophies was banned from the PlayStation Store. However, as a look at the PlayStation Store shows, we were only dealing with the tip of the proverbial iceberg with this step.
As the colleagues from “Dex.exe” report, Sony Interactive Entertainment could finally have decided to take more decisive action against cheap shovelware or trophy slingshots and to issue appropriate guidelines.
Apparently this content should be banned
According to the magazine, a letter was leaked to the editors from a developer who wished to remain anonymous, outlining what content will be banned from the PlayStation Store in the future. On the one hand we are dealing with classic shovelware. In other words, games that were produced quickly without regard to quality in order to offer them en masse for little money. According to the letter, titles that differ only marginally from other productions and are otherwise identical or available in large numbers are also affected – another characteristic of Shovelware.
In this case, the developers or publishers are asked to “consolidate small, similar content experiences into a single product and expand them through in-game commerce”. The trophies are also explicitly mentioned in this context. For example, it is not enough for a new release to simply add a new set of trophies to an existing concept. Games that are only designed to unlock the platinum trophy in the shortest possible time should also be a thing of the past with the new measures.
According to the letter, developers and publishers who violate the new guidelines face sanctions such as the removal of their content from the PlayStation Store, a complete ban or a so-called “shadow ban”, in which content is partially or completely hidden without the developers knowing about it be notified.
However, it must finally be noted that it is unclear from which source the letter comes. An official confirmation of the measures by Sony Interactive Entertainment is still pending.
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