PS1 Fan Favorite Receives Trophy Support For Upcoming PlayStation Plus Revamp

Sony’s tiered refresh of its PlayStation Plus service, which is launching in North America on June 13, is plenty convoluted. What isn’t needlessly confusing is a certain beloved PS1 classic getting updated with proper trophy support.

First-party PlayStation team Bend Studio (Days Gone), the original Oregon-based developer behind 32-bit super-spy game Siphon Filtertweeted out something quite interesting earlier today:

The short video clip showcases the infamous PlayStation popping sound with trophy notification, in this case a silver one entitled ‘An Explosive Start’. Presumably it’s from the beginning of the game, though your guess is as good as mine in regard to what the phrase could be referring to.

I mean, the last time I played Siphon Filter was probably in 1999 when it first released, so my memory is a bit fuzzy. All I can recall is how weirdly Gabriel Logan ran and how you could tase enemies until they caught fire. Good, wholesome fun.

Underneath the video clip, Bend Studio went on to confirm that a platinum trophy, called ‘Excellent work, Agent!’, will also be earnable in the PlayStation Plus re-release. This should all come as great news to PlayStation trophy hunters, as up until now, official digital PS1 games — like those downloadable on PS3 and PSP back in the day — didn’t support trophies.

Something that I always thought was ludicrous, by the way. Many gamers scoff at trophies and achievements, but whatever your stance on them may be, it’s hard to deny the extra level of accomplishment and challenge they can lend to a given piece of software.

Adding trophies to original PlayStation games always seemed like a complete no-brainer to me, as even people who had already played through these things a million times over (like me) might consider re-purchasing just for the bonus of trophy support. I do recall reading at some point that trophy implementation for older games was somewhat difficult, so maybe there were technical reasons behind the omission.

It remains to be confirmed if other PS1 games launching with the service, specifically and exclusively the $119.99 annual Premium PlayStation Plus tier, will receive similar trophy treatment. As an avid retro gamer, I sure do hope so. The classic PS1 titles re-releasing alongside Siphon Filter are as follows:

  • Ape Escape
  • Hot Shots Golf
  • IQ Intelligent Cube
  • Jumping Flash!
  • Mr Driller
  • tekken 2
  • Worms World Party
  • Worms Armageddon

Sony states that for select PS1 (and PSP) games “members will also enjoy a new user interface with menus that allow you to save your game at any time, or even rewind the game if you want a do-over.” I’m sure this is similar to what you’d find featured in past mini consoles, like the SNES Classic Edition.

Like I said, it would be awesome if trophies became standard for any PS1 games that got uploaded to PlayStation Plus Premium. They’d breathe new life into these chunky gems from yesteryear and could start a whole new retro renaissance on Sony’s service, though I’d wager the people who are willing to pay $120 for access already know the value of these older experiences. They probably also have these games sitting in their collections.

At least Sony is saying that ‘select’ PS1 titles will be downloadable for free on PS4 and PS5 if you’ve previously purchased them digitally. Apparently, some will be purchasable individually as well. You can check out the full details of the new PlayStation Plus revamp here, including every other game planned to be available. But be warned, it’s kind of all over the place. Ars Technica put together a much easier to digest version, so maybe check that out instead.

Considering the company’s arguably noncommittal stance on backward compatibility, the mediocre bumbling of its PlayStation Classic console, or a less than celebratory acknowledgment of its storied past, I think it’s nice that Sony is including original PlayStation games here.

I hope that the list continues to expand, maybe to include (at the very least) all the digital titles that were released for download back on PS3 and PSP. There’s a your of those, so even if that’s where the PS1 PlayStation Plus library begins and ends, we’d be in really good shape.

As it stands, the launch list is…okay. Lots of room for improvement, but at least Siphon Filter made it in. I’m banking on Legend of Legaia at some point. Come on Sony. Must.

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