Digital Extremes has been doing a stellar job of supporting the ever-growing Warframe, going from space ninja action and looting and growing it into a narrative-focused action-RPG that has amassed plenty of fans around the world.
And that support will continue substantially, as the developers revealed what is coming next for Warframe in 2019 and beyond at TennoCon 2019, the community event held annually to celebrate all things about the game.
Players can look forward to a new cinematic questline, an additional open-world setting, a new ship combat mode called Empyrean, and for newcomers, a new cinematic sequence that will make onboarding much easier.
As TennoCon came to a close, Digital Extremes also presented a brand new cinematic trailer made in collaboration with film director Dan Trachtenberg, who has also worked on 10 Cloverfield Lane and the upcoming Uncharted film.
The CG trailer places the focus squarely on the three starter Frames of Excalibur, Volt, and Mag. It lends plenty of context to the game’s gigantic universe, lore, and narrative, and is definitely a great tease of the game that awaits new players in Warframe.
Warframe‘s core game systems are getting refreshed, including the aforementioned cinematic questline addition. The trailer for The New War reveals a new threat that will soon descend upon Earth, and will pull Lotus and Tenno into a much larger conflict.
The developers also teased the next big open-world expansion for Warframe, called The Duviri Paradox.
The highlight of TennoCon 2019 has to be the new Empyrean mode that will focus on large-scale ship combat. Squads of players will collectively pilot their ship and square against both AI and other players.
You will be able to customise your Raijjack ship in your clan’s Dojo, with upgrades to the weapons, engine, and even aesthetically. Recruit new members to come on board, and there are even interactions to be had with new characters that will be added with the update to Warframe.
It is also more just combat, with multi-layered objectives thrown into the mix. Players will be able to leave their ship and explore derelict crafts to obtain resources and clear objectives. Both the team back on the ship and outside will have to work together and offer support.
If teamwork is your jam, the new feature Squad Link will be great news for you. Clanmates and friends playing in different modes in Warframe will now be able to help each other. In the demo, the devs showed players in the Planes of Eidolon taking on missions in the open world which led to direct help for other members of the team fighting it out in space.
That is not the end, there was also the reveal of the Prime variant of the Wukong Frame, as well as a new installment of the Nightwave seasonal event, called The Emissary, both which are available now.
Two new Frames, Gauss and Grendel, will be the next in line for Warframe players.
The New War for Warframe will launch in Holiday 2019, while the expansion, The Duviri Paradox, and the Empyrean mode have no definite dates as of yet. More info will be shared in the future.