It’s no secret that Destiny 2’s Trials of the Nine mode is struggling. The iteration of the popular Trials of Osiris PvP experience had its fans early on but player numbers suggest that things need to change.
Unfortunately, it turns out that any hope for Trials of the Nine going on hiatus is unrealistic. According to Bungie Community Manager dmg04, Trials must stay active for Destiny 2 since it is tied to Trophies/Achievements. For those that might not be familiar, Destiny 2 features a Trophy or Achievement for meeting the Emissary, the Trials of the Nine vendor. An introduction is not too hard to achieve, though, only requiring one win.
Destiny content creator Typhoon Trav made the suggestion on Twitter, saying that Trials of the Nine should be put on hold for a season so that Bungie can make some improvements to the mode. It’s not a bad suggestion given that the player count for Trials is dwindling, especially on PC.
Frankly, we can’t. Trophy/Achievement is tied to it, can’t remove availability.
Tons of feedback has been collected. Once we have changes to talk about, we’ll gladly get the conversation rolling.
— dmg04 (@A_dmg04) April 27, 2018
Other Destiny creators suggested specific ways to improve Trials, with shorter intros and lower player counts ranking among the most popular. Essentially, players want to see Trials of the Nine more closely resemble Trials of Osiris. Reverting back to Destiny 1’s approach is a common theme lately, and it seems Bungie is making changes to get the sequel there with its September expansion.
The concept of putting Trials of the Nine on hiatus isn’t anything new, but this is the first time that Bungie has addressed the possibility. Their reasoning for not taking the mode off the schedule makes sense, though, since the last time players lost access to Trophies there was a strong uproar.
At the same time, that doesn’t mean Trials of the Nine can’t change over time. Bungie can keep the current version, which rotates maps and modes like Survival and Countdown every Friday, active and eventually swap it out with an improved version. Perhaps the devs might even take some of the suggestions made into account.
Destiny 2: Warmind releases May 8, 2018 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.