Future 2’s PvP neighborhood has been up in arms for months. Between rampant dishonest within the pinnacle Trials of Osiris sport mode and their frustration at an absence of recent maps, gamers targeted on the Crucible have felt ignored for fairly a while. However forward of Bungie’s Future 2 showcase on Aug. 24 — which can showcase season 15 and subsequent yr’s Witch Queen growth — assistant sport director Joe Blackburn took to Twitter to announce some deliberate PvP enhancements.
First, Blackburn revealed that Trials of Osiris is getting a revamp in season 15, which begins later this month. He didn’t go into element on what this revamp will enhance, however promised gamers will get extra data within the showcase on Aug. 24. Blackburn doesn’t point out anti-cheat anyplace in his thread, so it’s unclear if the dishonest subject will play into the corporate’s upcoming announcement.
In line with Blackburn, Bungie spent the previous yr working to construct its staff for the expressed goal of making extra Future, and PvP gamers ought to begin to see the fruit of their labor in 2022. Ideally for Blackburn, PvP gamers ought to have the ability to predict when the subsequent new map or mode will come into the sport, moderately than counting the times because the final new addition. Subsequent yr will characteristic new and returning maps and modes to assist breathe life again into the Crucible.
Once we upgraded our engine with Past Mild it means we needed to hand port all of our Future 2 maps and modes. So, whereas it might appear from the skin like we’re simply pushing a button there’s a big raise from the staff to get extra of this content material again in rotation.
— Joe Blackburn (@joegoroth) August 4, 2021
In an effort to get new-ish toys into gamers’ arms rapidly, Bungie will unvault two Crucible maps in season 16. These might be maps that went away final yr in Future 2: Past Mild, when Bungie shifted the sport’s engine. Due to that technical enchancment, getting them again into the sport takes extra work than gamers would possibly count on.
The next season, season 17, will characteristic Future 2’s first new map in years. Blackburn hinted that it’ll happen in considered one of Future’s new places, which suggests both Europa from Past Mild or no matter the brand new location is for Witch Queen — seemingly Previous Chicago. Season 18 will characteristic a reprised map from the unique Future, however one which’s by no means made the leap to Future 2. These sorts additions will hopefully proceed by way of Future 2’s life.
Along with maps, the Crucible staff is trying into Rift — the unique Future’s beloved Seize the Flag-type mode. Due to the brand new tempo of Future 2, it’s unclear if Rift will truly translate one-to-one from the unique sport, so Blackburn isn’t capable of assure its return to the sequence. The Future 2 Crucible staff can be engaged on different new modes exterior of Rift, however Blackburn wouldn’t supply any particulars but.
Blackburn adopted up his assortment of PvP tweets with a quick tweet about Gambit. The staff will begin engaged on new maps quickly, however the present focus is on play-testing some bigger adjustments forward of season 16.
Most of those adjustments are fairly far out, and gamers might want to wait months — seemingly till the Witch Queen growth subsequent yr — to see any completely different maps within the Crucible rotation. However PvP gamers appear happy that Bungie is even acknowledging their existence. With the showcase coming later this month and a revamp for Trials of Osiris within the subsequent season, all completely different sorts of Future 2 gamers ought to have some hope for the long run.