Since their launch in Destiny 2 Year 1, Trials of the Nine and Faction Rally have been points of contention among the community. Luckily, Bungie has heard those concerns and is putting both events on hiatus for Season 4 of Destiny 2, which begins with the launch of the Forsaken expansion.
Bungie announced that both events will go on hiatus during its weekly blog post, which is packed with tons of new info about Destiny 2 Year 2. Over the last year, the developer has implemented a lot of changes to the game, but it appears Season 4 will be its most game-changing. Strikes, milestones, Eververse, gear, and more are all undergoing some form of change, but not all of those changes will be ready for the launch of Forsaken.
Trials of the Nine
It’s no surprise that Trials of the Nine is taking a hiatus, as the weekly Crucible mode has been the source of major criticism. While Trials of Osiris was easily the most popular Crucible mode for Destiny 1, and a way for players to stay engaged every week, Trials of the Nine lacked that same excitement. Some players want the mode to go back to featuring 3v3 and the Elimination mode, while others feel that a change to PvP was necessary before understanding what does and doesn’t work about Trials.
Unfortunately, Bungie won’t say what will happen while Trials of the Nine is on the “workbench,” but the hope is that it will return with some significant changes. Many thought that this might never happen after Bungie said that Trials couldn’t go on hiatus due to trophy/achievement restrictions, but apparently things have changed.
In addition to Trials of the Nine’s hiatus, Faction Rally will also go on hiatus. Bungie was a little more forthcoming with what it aims to fix with the event, citing to key complaints from players:
- I don’t want to feel forced to participate in every instance of the event each season
- Make the event progression a bit less hardcore and more engaging
Faction Rally has had some positive qualities but criticisms of the event are well-founded. Having only three instances of the event limited those that wanted to collect everything on offer, and the grind of Public Events followed by Lost Sectors got old real fast.
The good news is Destiny 2 players may not have to wait until Season 5 to see how Faction Rally will change. According to Bungie, the event will only be hiatus at the beginning of the Season.
At the very least it’s nice to see that Bungie is listening and is willing to make tough decisions in order to improve its content. Trials of the Nine and Faction Rally have potential, but thus far both events have fallen short. Hopefully, in Year 2 both will return and become
Destiny 2: Forsaken releases on September 4, 2018 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.