Last week, a new Destiny event called Trials of Osiris went live. It was a big deal: heaps of players participated in the event, in the hopes of winning cool new gear, or to gain access to a special exclusive new social hub. Some people wanted these rewards so badly, however, that they resorted to cheating.
On social media, forums, and Reddit, there were widespread reports of people who claimed they were forced to disconnect by the enemy team, therefore forfeiting entire Trials of Osiris matches entirely. In doing so, these people claimed, they were freely giving out wins to the enemy team without meaning to. Since the mode rewards players based on number of wins, players were unhappy that others had learned how to game the system for their own benefit, therefore ruining everyone's experience in the process. It was an ugly scene.
Today, however, Bungie has addressed these concerns head on in a blog post:
Not everyone became legend in Trials of Osiris. There were reports that some of you had your connections interrupted. We're on the case! *Stern tone of voice*
There were some among you who took nefarious action against your opponents. Our intrepid team of investigators has diagnosed the most egregious cheaters among us. If you earned your victories by sinister means, you may very well have also earned a temporary (or permanent) time-out.
Bungie is always watching. We enjoy a fair fight and we aim to protect the landscape of the game. Play nice!
*Reassuring tone of voice*
Some of you who encountered the #Olive error were not actually victims of shenanigans. You just ran afoul of a bug (it's not your fault). As of this morning, that bug has been fixed. Your experience in the Crucible should greatly improve.
Hopefully, these efforts help with the dire situation in Trials of Osiris. It won't be the cure-all, however. The cheating was but one part of the community's sour response to the last Trials of Osiris event. Some players were unhappy that gear was locked behind such a hardcore mode -- the thinking being that if someone pays for content, they should have free access to it. Some people disliked that more skilful players that had already gained access to the new hub continued to play the mode, therefore (by their logic) lowering everyone else's chances of doing the same thing. I even saw some players offering to sell their services online by promising others that they could help them win the gold for a small fee. In short, Trials of Osiris has been somewhat of a shitshow, as far as some of the community is concerned. It's worth noting that other members of the community banded together to give each other tips, as well as offered to help other players out, free of charge -- so it wasn't all bad.
We'll have more coverage on Trials of Osiris in the coming week, after we get a chance to try it out some more.