For the past few weeks, Destiny 2 players have been farming Polarized Fractaline (shiny space money, the term itself isn't important) to contribute to ever-larger milestones for the Season of Dawn's Empyrean Foundation event. Dataminers determined that this was all a big lead up to the return of Destiny's Trials of Osiris PvP mode, and now it's confirmed: in Destiny 2's next season, Season of the Worthy, that white-knuckle 3v3 action is back.
If you hopped on board with Destiny 2 or are just fuzzy on the details, Trials of Osiris is a Crucible event that ran every weekend in the original Destiny. It used the 3v3 Elimination game mode (no respawns, no self revives) and would rotate through a different map each week. Lose 3 times and you'd have to start your weekend's win/loss record all over again; go 9-and-0 for a flawless run, and you'd be granted access to the Lighthouse on Mercury, home to some coveted high-tier loot.
It's also a power level-enabled mode, meaning you and your team had better go in with some maxed-out armor and weapons on your side. With the recently added seasonal artifacts granting a way to push that level up indefinitely, that's yet another factor Bungie needs to balance Trials around.
A new Bungie developer video opens with game director Luke Smith reminiscing fondly on the Trials of Osiris days in the original Destiny (it seems even the game's devs have rose-tinted glasses already). "I have this thing to look forward to every week, that sweaty, stressful, high-stakes activity... and right now, we are missing that," says Smith. "We are going to fix it."
Destiny nostalgia doesn't stop with the return of Trials. Three classic Crucible maps—Cauldron, Exodus Blue, and Anomaly—are also returning in Season of the Worthy. The first major reward set for Trials is also a revamped version of the old armors players could earn in the mode back in Destiny, although this time if you flawless that armor will glow for the following week.
One new addition is that Saint-14, star of the current season, seems to be Trials' new Crucible announcer. It's always going to be hard to out-do Shaxx, but considering how entwined Saint-14 has been throughout the Season of Dawn—from the first teases to the Corridors of Time event, and now this 9 billion Fractaline milestone—it's a fitting payoff for Bungie's second go at Destiny 2's new seasonal format.