Destiny 2’s premier competitive player-vs-player mode Trials of Osiris is set to return to Bungie’s flagship franchise in the title’s upcoming tenth season, new datamined leaks have revealed.
Trials debuted in the franchise’s first installment, and quickly became the pinnacle of PvP combat. Based around undefeated streaks, Guardians were tasked with winning nine matches in a row to reach The Lighthouse for loot.
In Destiny 2, a new variant titled Trials of the Nine debuted, but with an added player and the removal of the elimination mode changing the core gameplay, many abandoned the playlist. Bungie were forced to scrap it completely soon after.
New leaks reveal Trials of Osiris return details
Since it’s removal, players have been begging Bungie to re-release the original Osiris mode, and once again allow competitive stars to flex their player-vs-player muscles in the sci-fi FPS title. Now, it looks like the developers may have listened.
New information datamined from the latest Destiny 2 update, 2.7.1, suggests the conclusion to the Season of Dawn – which is currently live – will lead directly into a new “Season of the Worthy,” based around the return of the original Trials.
Data miner Ginser was the first to stumble across the new evidence, which included a series of text strings. Those strings suggested players would rebuild the Empyrean Foundation, a new locale this season, and restore the Lighthouse.
The text string itself reads: “[EDAC1366]: With the restoration of the Lighthouse complete, Trials of Osiris and more will return in Season of the Worthy,” confirming Bungie will guide the players through steps to bring back the mode.
Okay i think this is something big?!
"[EDAC1366]: With the restoration of the Lighthouse complete, Trials of Osiris and more will return in Season of the Worthy."
— Ginsor (@GinsorKR) January 28, 2020
How to prepare for the return of Trials
For long term Destiny players, and anyone who loves competitive matches and grinding to be the best, the return of Trials of Osiris will be very welcome. After so long away from the top level of PvP play, not everyone could be ready to grind.
Now is the perfect time to get ready for the battle, however, with the Season of Dawn still in full-flight for the time being. There are a few top weapons in the meta right now you should get your hands on, from hand cannons to pulse rifles.
Hand cannons sit as Crucible kings in Destiny 2 at the moment, accounting for a whopping 35% of all kills in player-vs-player modes. They are followed by the all-star pulse rifles, which deliver burst shots, and collect 10% of kills.
What weapons are best to collect?
The best hand cannon is the Spare Rations, which can be earned through the Reckoning and Gambit Prime, and accounts for 12% of the Crucible’s eliminations, as well as exotic options like The Last Word, Ace of Spades, and Thorn. Likewise, Bygones—also a Gambit reward—is a strong pulse rifle option.
While hand cannons and pulse rifles reign supreme for the primary slot, shotguns, and sniper rifles have cornered the market for special weapons. Each boasts around 15% of kills in the Crucible, meaning you’ll want to have one or the other in Trials.
If you’re picking up a primary shotgun, Dust Rock Blues is the best bet, and the same goes for the Revoker sniper rifle, though it’s considerably harder to collect considering it was released as a Season of Opulence Pinnacle weapon, meaning there’s a hefty grind to unlock it.
If special weapons are more your style, Mindbender’s Ambition or the infamous Lord of Wolves would be great pickups in regards to shotguns to take into Trials. If you’re veering towards a long-range choice, pick up the Beloved.
For now, it’s a waiting game to see what Bungie has up their sleeve for the storyline leading into Trials’ return. Considering the Empyrean Foundation opened today, however, it shouldn’t be long before Guardians find the next clue.
Destiny’s current release, the Season of Dawn, is set to run until March 9. After that, the title’s tenth season is expected to drop, and with it should come the long-awaited return of one of the franchise’s most popular modes.