Bungie Reverses Course on Artifact Power in Destiny 2's Trials of Osiris

Bungie Reverses Course on Artifact Power in Destiny 2's Trials of Osiris

Artifact Power bonuses won't factor into Trials of Osiris when it returns.

Just recently, Bungie revealed that the hectic Trials of Osiris PvP mode would be returning to Destiny 2 next month. The announcement was met with some skepticism because Power bonuses through Artifacts would be left enabled in the PvP activity, meaning some players would have a vast level superiority over others.

Now, Bungie has reversed course on leaving the Artifact Power bonuses enabled in Trials of Osiris. Destiny 2's creative director Luke Smith revealed the change in the announcement below on Twitter.

This means that when Trials of Osiris returns to Destiny 2, Artifact Power bonuses will be disabled. Artifacts are character objects that can be charged up with bonus Power over the course of a season, to increase your character's overall Power level.

If left enabled, some Destiny 2 players would have potentially had huge Power level advantages over others. Trials of Osiris is a mode that enables Power advantages, meaning higher level players are allowed to dominate those with weaker armor and weapons. But as the statement from Smith above notes, Bungie will be disabling Artifact Power bonuses for all PvP activities, until a cap is introduced that limits the maximum Power level of a player in an activity like Trials of Osiris.

Trials of Osiris returns to Destiny 2 on March 13. There's plenty to look forward to with the hectic 3v3 PvP mode which, at least in the original Destiny, rewarded players with a brand new area to visit if they managed to go on an unbeaten run of nine consecutive matches.

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