At Tennocon this weekend, Digital Extreme’s yearly Warframe convention, developers announced the game’s most radical update yet: a change to the base game which would turn it into the open world MMO players (like myself, at first) have always wanted.
Steve Sinclair (@sj_sinclair on Twitter) shared that the game would first reveal a 9-square-kilometer area known as the Cetus relay:
Plains of Eidolon is finally revealed – 3 months of work to reset the bones of Warframe. 3x3km to start, seamless from Cetus relay and back.
— Steve Sinclair (@sj_sinclair) July 8, 2017
Later on, he shared several videos of early development footage of the update, which reminds me a bit of the look that Horizon: Zero Dawn had. The Cetus relay, a common area for up to 50 players, boasts a large map, trading posts, and a new alien race.
Rebecca Ford, in an interview with PCGamesN, stated that “We think, hope, and strongly believe that this is what players have wanted the whole time.”
Given the fact that Warframe was, in the past, confined to narrow hallways instead of open areas, it made it difficult to see why there was such a robust movement system in place after the game’s 17th major update. Flying around down corridors was amazingly fun, but quickly wore off. With Plains of Eidolon coming (hopefully) soon, it may be enough to draw me back into Warframe for a while.
That, and we finally will be able to squad up in groups of more than four. Eventually.
Until the update launches later this summer, we’ve been given a 17-minute look at what the new update brings:
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