Destiny 2 developer Bungie enabled a free trial for its new Gambit mode the weekend before Destiny 2: Forsaken launched earlier this month. For players who missed out the first time, the Gambit free trial is coming back Sept. 21-23. This time, however, all of the enemy races and all four Gambit maps will be available in the trial.
For those not in the know, Gambit is Destiny’s first PvEvP mode — mixing both player-versus-player and the traditional player-versus-AI that the series is known for. Two teams of four each drop into a mirrored version of the same map. The teams must fight through waves of enemies, collecting a currency called Motes that drops from their foes. The first team to earn and safely deposit 75 Motes in their central bank will summon a boss that needs to be killed. Killing that boss ends the round, rewarding a point to whichever team killed the boss first.
But there’s a twist, of course. Players are able to mess with the opposing team in a few ways. Banking Motes in increments of five or higher will send additional enemies to the opposing side. These enemies — called Blockers — will sit around the enemy bank, and lock it down until they’re destroyed. At certain points in the match, players can use an invasion portal to hop into their enemy’s map, attempting to kill them so they drop their Motes.
Gambit is one of Forsaken’s best additions, and gives the new expansion some sense of endless replayability. However, with power advantages being enabled for the multiplayer — meaning gear will affect how quickly Guardians can be killed or can kill — we have some concerns about how a new player will fare against all the 550+ Guardians who have been playing Forsaken for weeks. But, if you’re on the fence about jumping back into Destiny 2, this new trial will give you a shot at not only Forsaken’s newest mode, but the new Scorn enemies as well.
The Gambit trial is available from 1 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 21, until the same time on Sunday, Sept. 23. It will be playable PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One as long as you have the base game of Destiny 2 installed; no expansions are required.