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Destiny 2 Season of the Drifter set for March, Trials postponed indefinitely

The PvP mode won’t be returning anytime soon

Destiny 2: Forsaken - a battle in the Gambit mode Bungie, High Moon Studios/Activision
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In this week’s This Week at Bungie — the studio’s weekly blog — the developers revealed the fate of Trials of the Nine and the release date for the game’s upcoming season of content.

Trials of the Nine — known as Trials of Osiris back in Destiny, referred to together as “Trials” — was a competitive multiplayer mode in Destiny 2 that ran every weekend. But Bungie put Trials of the Nine on hiatus for Season 4, hoping to rework it after players stopped playing it as fervently as Trials of Osiris in Destiny.

In this week’s blog post, Bungie announced that Trials won’t be coming back in Season of the Drifter, and that its future is looking grim for the rest of this year. “Until we have a solid prototype for a pinnacle PvP endgame activity, Trials is staying on hiatus indefinitely and will not return over the course of the next few seasons,” said the design team. “When we have those new plans ready, we’ll be sure to share them with you.”

Destiny 2’s second Annual Pass season and sixth season overall — Season of the Drifter — begins on March 5. Bungie has created a week of transition for previous seasons, offering some new cosmetic rewards but no new content for the Annual Pass. It’s currently unclear if March 5 will bring with it the new Gambit experience promised for Joker’s Wild, or if players will have to wait until March 12 to get their new, PvEvP fix.

Bungie promised to reveal more about the Season of the Drifter and its content offerings in the next few weeks.

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