Destiny 2 will undergo background maintenance on Thursday starting at 12 AM ET / 9 AM PT, though the game will remain online for the entirety. The maintenance will roll out Hotfix 188.8.131.52. While the full patch notes for the hotfix are not yet available, a tweet from an official Bungie account revealed that it will disable Artifact Power in Trials of Osiris and Iron Banner.
Over the past few weeks, some fans have expressed concerns that the much-heralded return of Trials is ruined by a seasonal artifact that allows players to grind PvE content in order to boost their power level. Players feel that such measures are anti-competitive. “If these rules were in chess, then it would not be about who is the best chess player, it would be about who goes to the gym more often, who practises their punches the best,” wrote one Reddit user.
This isn’t the only unfortunate trend rocking Destiny 2 at the moment. Earlier this month, players reported getting kicked from Gambit matches for no apparent reason. The community eventually figured out that the bug is caused by players levelling up their season pass during a match. It’s not clear when this bug will be squashed, however. The new Trials of Osiris will kick off Friday at the game’s weekend reset at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT.
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