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No more trophies for Pinball Arcade DLC starting with Table Pack 16

Posted by on September 18th, 2013 | 8 Comments | Tags:

Table Pack 16 featuring Goin’ Nuts and Flight 2000 was released during this past Tuesday’s PlayStation Store update and it came without any trophies for PS3 and Vita. I informed Mike Lindsey, Community guru at FarSight Studios, about the oversight, and he responded with this:

We reached our limit for trophy packs. They [Sony] told us there is no way around it.

I was shocked to say the least. This wasn’t an oversight, instead they’ve apparently hit that glass ceiling of trophies for any title. According to PS3trophies.org moderator Vyrastas, The Pinball Arcade currently has 96 trophies totaling 2400 points — “that’s the highest of any PSN game.” He mentions Uncharted 3 has 105 trophies with only 2190 points.

The problem is not so much the missing trophies as it is what damage missing trophies might do to sales of Table Pack 17 and on. There are still four more tables due to be released to complete the Season Two collection. You’d have thought Sony would have been kind enough to point this out when they began pre-selling the Season Two pack.

How long has this hidden rule about a trophy limit been in existence? Can it be reversed or modified? Will FarSight Studios attempt to fix the problem in the current release of The Pinball Arcade, or will they take a page out of Zen Studios’ pinball franchise and create a few new SKUs to spread out the trophies? How will this effect The Pinball Arcade on PS4 when every table pack releases again starting this November?

Table Pack 17 is coming next and will deliver the successfully Kickstarter funded Terminator: Judgment Day table. That will be followed by Table Pack 18 with Haunted House and Tee’d Off. No word on Table Pack 19 or 20, which will round out the Season Two tables.

I have reached out to FarSight Studios for a more detailed idea of what’s going on and what might be done to fix it. I’m really curious what you guys think of all this. Let me know in the comments section below.

[UPDATE] Mike has responded and it seems this issue didn’t pop up out of nowhere. FarSight has been asking Sony if there was something they could do to avoid this issue, but they said no. Mike says, “We’ll be allocating the trophies differently on PS4, so we don’t run out this quickly.”


  • Freelance

    Don’t really care at all. I’m an older gamer that grew up at at the time when trophies/achievements weren’t invented. I didn’t need those then, and I don’t need them now. I buy games to play them, not to get trophies from them. I’ll naturally still buy the packs because the game is awesome.

    • KosmoCrisis

      It’s a phenomenon that’s for sure, but trophies are the social rewards that gamers today have become accustomed to. Without trophies or achievements, games are a lonely activity — even though most people play them alone in the first place, at least trophies make people feel less alone. I guess.

      I just use them for bragging rights. When Chris was first to platinum Guacamelee, that was purely for bragging rights. When I platinumed Hannah Montana, I…nevermind.

  • Stephen Thomas Marro

    I don’t understand why there would be a trophy limit on any game….

    What’s the point!?

    I say we get Playstation to change this silly regulation through some kind of online petition.

  • KosmoCrisis

    Check the update. If you must have trophies in your Pinball Arcade for future table packs, wait for PS4.

  • Devin Hudson

    While the limitation is kinda stupid to begin with, FarSight still could have had better trophy management as well. The ‘High 5′ trophy is pretty pointless, and it never made sense to get the same rank trophy for doing both the standard and wizard goals. They should have cut the ‘High 5′ trophies, give a bronze for beating the standard goals, and keep beating the wizard goals as a silver. They probably still would have ran into this limitation eventually, but they would have had much more leeway to work with.

  • A Darker Image

    Not a big deal to me. I like trophies but I like playing the games most of all. I don’t buy all the tables just the ones I’m interested in. So as long as I’m interested in the table it’s all good to me.

  • robin

    dc universe online and spelunker hd(both versions) have 2730 and 2580 points

    • KosmoCrisis

      Is that a fact? Interesting.