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New Destiny 2 bug accidentally hints at the return of Trials

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A screenshot from the Trials of Osiris days in the original Destiny
Image: Bungie
Ryan Gilliam (he/him) has worked at Polygon for nearly seven years. He primarily spends his time writing guides for massively popular games like Diablo 4 & Destiny 2.

With Destiny 2’s Season of Dawn update, Bungie added a bunch of new hidden items to the game’s code. This is normal, and happens every few months in Destiny 2. But, with Season of Dawn, a rare bug after PvP matches appears to show a Trials score card.

Trials — both of Osiris in the original Destiny and of the Nine in Destiny 2 — was a hardcore PvP mode available on the weekends. Players would get a card displaying their wins and losses, and jump into the mode with a group of other players. Each team would battle, and whoever won marked a win on their card, and the losers would mark a loss.

The goal was to win as many games as you could before three losses. At seven wins, you got a great piece of loot. But, if you managed to earn seven wins without losing, you’d go to a special location and get a unique reward.

Currently in Destiny 2, there’s a small chance a purple placeholder card could appear on screen. During a Grym_Games stream, the bug appeared at the end of a custom PvP match. It’s a purple tooltip with placeholder art and a title called “Placeholder Type.” At the bottom of the tooltip, you can see the seven win check boxes and the three loss check boxes, labeled game history. Other players have since corroborated the bug’s existence.

Old Trials of the Nine game card
Look under game history to see the check boxes
Image: Bungie via Polygon

This new card looks very similar to the old Trials of the Nine game card from early in Destiny 2’s life. Trials of the Nine ran from Destiny 2’s launch to just before Destiny 2: Forsaken, when Bungie put it on hiatus for improvements. The studio teased its return earlier this year, but this is some of the first in-game evidence that Trials could be back soon.

It’s not clear what Bungie will call Trials this time around — although it won’t be Trials of the Nine again, according to game director Luke Smith. It’s worth noting that Osiris — the character Bungie named the original Trials after — is a big component in Season of Dawn, so it’s likely the mode’s return could focus on him.

No matter what happens with Trials, players are eager to see the mode return after more than a year of absence. It’s unclear when that will happen, but this most recent bug has players hoping it could be soon.