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Destiny 2 was huge news at last night’s pre-launch showcase, officially launching the Season Of the Lost, offering up new information and features for Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, and some exciting news regarding the revamp of Trials of Osiris.
If you’re new to the trials, fear not, this article will be a closer look at what we can expect from the September update.
In an official Bungie Trials of Osiris post, the company states the following goals:
We want to make Trials more accessible, no matter your skill level or fireteam size.
We want to make Trials more rewarding, whether you’re winning matches or earning reputation with Saint-14.
We want to make Trials more engaging, testing out changes to Elimination and reintroducing Labs to Destiny 2.
When Will The Destiny 2 Trials Of Osiris go Live?
According to the official Bungie post, Trials of Osiris will return on September 10, 2021. Bungie says that the changes will be made to provide broader access to more players. With Trials being a highly competitive PvP environment, it leaves some gamers unable to enter at a suitable level.
The official patch notes should be available in the coming weeks, but for now, here’s what we have:
Get more people:
Doing something besides ‘Flawless or Bust’ and resetting their card once they take a loss
Feeling like they can win more often
Feeling like the rewards are on-par with other, similar activities in the game
Embracing movement, conflict, and resolution during a match
Reduced the requirements for the Trials Access quest to use lifetime Valor ranks and kills.
This should open Trials to more long-term Crucible dabblers.
Trials now allows queuing and matchmaking without a full fireteam.
We want to allow more players to try the mode out and start earning rewards, even if they don’t have a fireteam.
You can enter the playlist solo or with a friend, and matchmaking will fill the rest of your fireteam for you
Freelance Trials (No pre-made fireteams, solos only) will also be available via Labs. More on that below.
Going Flawless on your own will be hard-to-impossible, but we are sure someone will do it thanks to the other players they match up with!
Trials of Osiris now requires the annual expansion to play.
In our efforts to strengthen security around the Trials experience, we’re removing opportunity for players to create numerous free accounts to circumvent cheat detection, bans, and restrictions. (More on Security below)
This is Beyond Light for Season 15, and will change to The Witch Queen once it launches.
Activity Ruleset Changes
Round time is reduced to 90s (from 120s).
Stalling to wait for ability energy is not fun for either the winning or losing team.
This will not eliminate stalling but will lessen the amount of stalling that can take place.
We will talk about other plans to help this further down in the article.
Emotes stay in first-person camera, and Swords can’t be equipped unless you have ammo. (This change is in Elimination and Survival also).
If you run out of Sword ammo while using it, you will be force-swapped to a different weapon.
This removes the ability for players to secretly peek around corners without putting themselves in danger.
Special and Heavy ammo no longer carries over between rounds.
Having the winning team keep all collected ammo, but the losing team getting set back to default creates too big of a snowballing advantage.
Rewards And Reputation
Saint-14 is getting new Trials ranks, reputation, and a rewards track.
Trials tokens have been retired.
Reputation is gained at match complete, based on the number of rounds won on your Ticket.
Tickets track up to 20 round wins now.
Emphasizing winning individual rounds for the core rewards gives every player more achievable goals at all skill levels.
Since you don’t have to win full matches to get rewards, you always have a reason to keep trying even if you are behind.
Ranking up gives you a Trials engram (more on that in a bit).
Powerful Trials engrams show up every three rank ups before your first reset of the Season
Just like the other ritual reputations, there are other rewards to earn every three ranks – and Trials ranks has one of the unique Trials weapons at Rank 10 and Rank 16 for each of the first three resets of Season 15.
The new changes should offer up an exciting new take on Trials Of Osiris, bringing better opportunity for the broader community of players. Luckily, we’ll only have to wait a couple of weeks before the update goes live – so buckle in for some cool changes in the near future.
For as long as he can remember, Charlie has always been interested in computers and gaming. It all started with the Sega Mega Drive and then evolved into PC gaming in his early teens. CS 1.6 was his first go at competitive gaming which soon evolved into CS:Source and now CS:GO - a game that he still plays (almost exclusively) today. Throughout that period he has also been a keen PC builder and enthusiast - dedicating a large portion of his time to the craft. My current rig is an ASUS 5700XT with AMD's Ryzen 3600X.