With Destiny Expansion II: House of Wolves, Bungie is not only broadening the Destiny universe with new story missions and quests, a new social space in The Reef, and an array of new weapons and gear—it’s introducing two completely new activities with Prison of Elders and Trials of Osiris. While Prison of Elders focuses on the cooperative experience, Trials of Osiris takes aim at competitive multiplayer, each presenting new challenges for even the most battle-hardened of players and the potential for significant rewards.
While the reveal of Prison of Elders is set for next Wednesday, May 6, I’m excited to share a first look at Trials of Osiris.
Trials of Osiris is a new weekly PVP event where two teams of three will face off in a new Crucible mode called Elimination on a predetermined map. The objective is simple: take out the enemy team before they wipe out yours, but you’ll have to act quickly—any downed player can be revived (or in the case of seasoned Warlocks, self-ressurect). The first team to net five round wins takes the match. Much like the Iron Banner, the full might of your armor and weapons are weighed against the competition. The result is a potent PVP experience that requires close collaboration with your team and can lead to some spectacular, tide-turning plays.
In my time playing Trials of Osiris, I encountered some incredible upsets. Five rounds into my very first match, my team had claimed only one round, while the enemy team had secured four—just one round away from victory. But by that time, my team had learned a fundamental truth of Trials of Osiris: communication is key. We began working together to call out enemy positions, relay our own, and form defensive lines to prevent opponents from reviving their fallen comrades. We went on to secure another three consecutive wins, tying up the match and culminating in an epic final round.
Victory was within our grasp as I quickly eliminated two enemies, downing one with my Auto Rifle and quickly dispatching the other with my Warlock’s Nova Bomb. I turned around to find the third and final enemy running to revive his teammate, but managed to take him out first. Adrenaline rushed through me as I prepared for my victory dance, but there was no celebration that day. Instead, the third and final enemy self-resurrected using his Warlock’s Fireborn super ability, quickly took his revenge on me, revived his teammates, and hunted down my two surviving allies.
That moment revealed an incredible level of depth to Trials of Osiris and the Elimination gametype that wasn’t immediately apparent—the capacity for recourse, even in the most dire of circumstances. It was then that I learned that simply outgunning the competition would not guarantee success. Instead, careful consideration should be given to the classes and abilities employed by your team, and by association, the timing and execution of their supers.
Most importantly, those that choose to work together and find a winning strategy stand to reap significant rewards.
Every Friday, players can gain access to Trials of Osiris by purchasing a Trials Passage with Glimmer from Brother Vance—a new vendor in The Reef. The Trials Passage not only grants entry to the event, it acts as your scorecard and depending on your performance, can be redeemed to gain access to unique, high-level Osiris-themed weapons and gear. The Trials Passage tallies up to nine wins and three losses. When you hit three losses, you'll need to return to The Reef and turn in your Trials Passage for a new one and potentially unlock a reward. Your total number of wins will determine your ability purchase powerful weapons and armor from Brother Vance—the more wins you have, the higher the level of gear you can acquire.
But Trials of Osiris is just one component of the new competitive multiplayer content coming in Destiny Expansion II: House of Wolves. There are three new Crucible maps, as well as a PlayStation-exclusive map, and Elimination—the underlying gametype of Trials of Osiris—which will be added to the normal Crucible rotation.
Stay tuned for more on Destiny Expansion II: House of Wolves, including the reveal of Prison of Elders next Wednesday, May 6. In the meantime, be sure to follow @DestinyTheGame, @Activision, and the developers @Bungie on Twitter.