According to a new social media post, Bungie is adding a popular Crucible activity to the long list of reworks planned for Destiny 2. However, this time they want players’ opinions on what needs to be changed.
The sci-fi shooter’s director, Christopher Barrett, continued his recent active engagement with Guardians on social media by addressing concerns over Trials of the Nine. Seen below, Barrett quotes a player asking for possible changes to the end-game Crucible activity. Unlike his other recent posts, which show him acknowledging problems and stating a fix is in the works, the director asks what players “most want to see.”
Yes, we are actively discussing ways to improve Trials of the Nine. What do Trials players most want to see? https://t.co/wKd8tcBT5Q
— Christopher Barrett (@cgbarrett) January 27, 2018
Much like the other high-power end-game activities, like the Leviathan raid and Nightfall, Trials of the Nine is a carry-over from the first game that tasks Guardians with teaming up to complete a difficult mission. Trials of the Nine is unique, though, in being a PvP event where the “mission” is to win consecutive matches for glory. In turn, a majority of the feedback to Barrett’s tweet involves matchmaking. Players seem to be frustrated with their fireteams being matched against teams that are either too low in rank or filled with ranked veterans from the top 50 global players.
Game-breaking bugs have been a consistent issue for the activity, too, with players able to shoot opponents through walls or not gain the right mod offered in a mode. Many players suggested Bungie tinker with the sandbox to put more of a focus on mod options and modes, instead of spending development time on making new maps.
A third community consensus comes down to the Trials rewards. The best gear offered in Trials is locked behind the “flawless” goal, which requires teams to win seven matches in a row. While that’s doable, the rewards themselves aren’t worth the effort, especially when the matchmaking system is unbalanced and keep low-level players from ever winning. Several Guardians proposed the game revert back to Destiny‘s Adept weapons as a prize. Bungie used to reintroduce popular Exotics and Legendaries as an “Adept” gun, which was an elemental swap of the original. As noted by players, they would act similarly to the new Masterwork options by offering a new variation on fan-favorite gear.
It’s unclear why Barrett specifically asked for opinions on the Trials of the Nine, but compared to the other recently discussed problems, it likely comes down to the event housing so much content. Shaders, for example, have clear issues that need to be addressed. While the team seems to have taken feedback, it was clear they knew the problems players would face from the start. However, Trials of the Nine has many areas, from rewards to match modes, that need a second look. While the activity arguably works in its current form, pulling ideas from the dedicated players is a step in the right direction to make it better overall.
Destiny 2 is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: Game Rant