Bungie’s quest to bring players back to Destiny 2‘s Trials of the Nine seems to have started at the perfect time. According to the latest numbers for last weekend’s run of the event, the turnout was more than disappointing.
Three weeks ago, Destiny 2‘s end-game Crucible activity was at an all-time low in participation, tying with the first Destiny‘s lowest turnout of 145,000 players. Sadly, the most recent “Countdown on The Fortress” Trials broke that record. According to the Destiny Trials Report, the Crucible event only showed 77,814 active players across all three platforms.
There are several possible explanations for such low participation this time around. For one, Iron Banner overlapped with the latest Trials, and that event currently offers more variety in gameplay modes and rewards. This wasn’t the first time Trials took place alongside other limited-time in-game activities, though, so the lousy turnout is likely down to something else.
Trials of the Nine is meant to be a form of Crucible intended for players who want to challenge the best Guardians across the globe. In turn, the high-tiered players expect streamlined matchmaking, unique rewards, and glitches to be non-existent. However, for several iterations of the event Guardians have expressed repeated problems, including a shoddy matchmaking system, sandbox bugs that can break matches, and a lack of incentive to win rounds.
Thankfully, Bungie isn’t denying the problem, as game director Christopher Barrett recently tweeted out a request to Trials players for tips on how to fix the activity. Despite the acknowledgment of the issue, though, the recent numbers are just further indication discussion isn’t good enough. Bungie will have to begin to implement as many changes and fixes that it can to keep the competitive end-game scene viable.
For now, players can see the developers’ other efforts to make Destiny 2 worthwhile again through their content roadmap, which include promises for weapon changes, new Crucible modes, and the launch of Expansion II.
Destiny 2 is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: Game Rant