Trials of Osiris is set to return to Destiny 2 next Season. In the latest patch, 2.7.1 loads of new files have been added to the database and data miners have found some files that point to Trials returning in Season 10, called Season of the Worthy.
Trials of Osiris was a popular 3v3 PVP weekly event in Destiny. This was 3v3 elimination and you could only lose up to three games before needing to start over. Get 7 wins and you’d ‘go to the lighthouse’ which was a destination on Mercury. On Mercury, there was a huge golden chest filled with powerful loot and only the most skilled players got to the lighthouse.
The weekend of Trials of Osiris was on 14th August 2017 a few weeks before Destiny 2 came out. Trials of the Nine was introduced in Destiny 2, but it didn’t go down well with the community. Bungie placed Trials of the Nine on hiatus in August 2018. Luke Smith spoke about this in his Directors Cut Part 3 in Summer 2019 by saying:
“Trials of the Nine wasn’t the hero we wanted it to be. We made too many changes to a formula that—while it had begun to decline in Destiny 1—wasn’t as flawed as we thought. When we were making Destiny 2, we talked a lot about making sure it felt like a sequel, bringing in new players, and simplifying the game—and Trials of the Nine created another casualty there. It happened on my watch, and if I could turn back time, I’d challenge us to do many things differently. If nothing else, I hope it’s clear we are committed to learning from the mistakes we make and making it right.”
“There were some really cool parts to the Emissary. Some of the gear was pretty potent (Sup, Darkest Before), but the theme felt weaker, the Trials card was less important, and the stakes felt lower. Trials of the Nine didn’t work the way we’d hoped, and Trials of the Nine is on hiatus indefinitely.”
Next week we’re going to start a new quest which is related to the Empyrean Foundation, this has been called out on the roadmap since the start. The data mine says players are going to restore the Lighthouse on Mercury in partnership with the Empyrean Foundation. The most interesting part of the data mine says “with the restoration of the Lighthouse complete, Trials of Osiris and more will return in Season of the Worthy”. This data mine comes from Ginsor, a well-respected data miner in the Destiny 2 community.
We don’t know yet for sure Trials is coming back but data miners have been right before. That plus the evidence we have in the Tower right now, with Trials decoration all round Saint-14 then all signs point to yes. We’ve also had former Trials streamers visit Bungie not that long ago for a community summit focused on PVP and before Shadowkeep came out Season 10 was circled as the Season where PVP would be revamped.
It looks like Trials coming back is going to be a big part of that. However, the data mined message also says “Trials of Osiris and more”… so it will be interesting to see what the more is.
If Trials is coming back, then it’s time to start training. This means getting back into the crucible and practising, finding out the meta and hunting down some of the best weapons for PVP. Over the coming weeks, I’ll be going in-depth into the best weapons for PVP, I’ll keep you posted on the details.
Let me know down in the comments what you think of Trials coming back, how you’re going to be preparing, what weapons you’ll be using and whether you think the current state of the game is ready for Trials’ return.