Destiny 2 releases its revamped Trials of Osiris, touts anti-cheat progress, and recounts seven years of updates

    
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It’s time once more to face the Trials. This past Friday saw Destiny 2 bring back the Trials of Osiris, this time with a number of revamps that the devs at Bungie previously discussed. This includes an overhaul of rewards, the addition of Trials reputation and Trials Engrams, and a few ruleset changes. It also introduces a new fusion rifle. The link above offers a full set of patch notes to peruse.

The newsletter then moves on to talk about the soft launch of the BattleEye anti-cheat software, which first arrived with the launch of Season of the Lost. While hard numbers aren’t shared in the post, it does confirm that BattleEye has helped the devs find “numerous” cheaters, and things are progressing well enough that the team is able to roll out automatic bans for certain types of cheating.

Finally, the game’s weekly newsletter is a reference to Destiny 2’s seventh anniversary, an event that was expounded upon in a rather personal dev blog. The post looks back at the very first moment the game was revealed all the way through its updates leading up to the incoming Witch Queen expansion, framed with various pieces of concept art and update flavor text the team created along the way.

source: Bungie website (1, 2)
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Arktouros

I mean the changes are alright and all, but really until there’s a solo queue option it’s a big pass from me. I’m already solo queing in with no comms and no coordination and the very least I expect those I face to be on similar footing. I’m sure it’d work out fine and I could farm rewards in it’s current state, but I’m also content to just wait till the game mode isn’t throwing premade teams at solos.

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angrakhan

I haven’t played much since it went to Steam, but at one point the aimbot/wall hack stuff was pretty bad. I start to side eye end scores where the number one guy has 50-60 kills, the second place guy on his team barely hit double digits, and everyone else on his team has single digit results. It didn’t help that they had catalyst unlock requirements like getting headshots in PvP which practically begs people to run an aimbot while not doing much to crack down on cheating for quite some time. Hopefully, they actually have a solution because the game would be much better for it.

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Arktouros

None of the Catalysts now require things like that.

I haven’t seen a 50-60 score in terms of kills in a long time. For the most part I think things are generally okay, weapon meta is a bit shit right now, but otherwise I haven’t run into anything that’s like “Oh man that guy was obviously cheating” kinda things.

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angrakhan

Oh you know what I should have researched to jog my memory. It wasn’t a catalyst unlock it’s a part of the exotic quest to obtain the Ace of Spades hand cannon:

Get 25 hand cannon precision (Headshot) kills in Crucible

I don’t know that is still in the game or not or maybe there’s a better hand cannon that’s easier to obtain, but it always screamed “please enable your aim bot to complete this challenge” to me.

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Arktouros

I think Ace quest got sunset with Beyond Light because some of it’s quests made it go to Titan which is no longer a thing. Now you’d just buy it with some materials and an Exotic Cypher? I ended up doing it manually, and am pretty bad with hand cannons.

There’s still headshot quests for PvP, like I believe I still have one for sniper rifles for a sniper rifle ornament, but that’s not really a reason why anyone would cheat. The more likely scenario would be someone buys an “account recovery” which is basically log into your account and play for you rather than pay for a cheat service. This was pretty common until recently where it was explicitly forbidden as bannable.

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Bannex

Im trash at PVP in destiny 2 and tbh farming 25 headshots in pvp was significantly shorter than farming almost anything worth farming in any other mmo I’ve played.

The worst part of that quest for me was finding all the “hidden” stashes. Not that it was hard, just mundane