UPDATE 17/4/19: If you've been waiting impatiently, fingers twitching, for the arrival of Warframe's Plains of Eidolon "remaster" on consoles, then you may finally exhale. Warframe's latest update is now available to download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch.
In case you missed its PC debut several weeks back, developer Digital Extremes' recent update overhauls the Plains of Eidolon - Warframe's first foray into open-world design, which originally released in 2017 - with extensive visual improvements (including better lighting and foliage), new enemies, and economic balance changes. You'll find additional details below.
ORIGINAL STORY 5/4/19: Digital Extremes has just released a major overhaul of Warframe's gorgeous, but imperfect, Plains of Eidolon area on PC, further beautifying its already stunning vistas, adding new enemies and activities, plus a whole lot more.
It's not every day you hear about six-year-old online games continuing to grow, but Warframe seems determined to buck the trend. This week the game marks its sixth year of life and record numbers of players - and is celebrating by giving out goodies for all.
UPDATE 21/3/18: Warframe's first community event of 2019, Operation: Buried Debts, is heading to Xbox One, PS4, and Switch today, Digital Extremes has revealed.
Developer Digital Extremes has launched Nightwave, Warframe's new series of pirate-radio-themed, Battle-Pass-style limited-time events - available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC.
Warframe's excellent Venus-themed Fortuna expansion is finally making its way to Switch tomorrow, February 5th, developer Digital Extremes has announced.
Fortuna, like Warframe's Plains of Eidolon expansion before it, introduces a sprawling new open-world area, this time in the form of Venus' undulating, snow-covered landscape. The planet's surface, known as Orb Vallis, is "an exotic terrain blanketed with Orokin structures, towering mushroom forests, oceanic flora, and endangered native creatures", while the hub-like dept-interment colony of Fortuna lies far below.
Fortuna serves as home to the new Solaris United faction, and it's here that players collect missions and bounties before venturing back aboveground to uncover all sorts of new lore-y bits, including The Business, Eudico, Rude Zuud, and the Ventkids.
Warframe's massive open-world Fortuna expansion is poised to get even larger on Xbox One and PS4 tomorrow, January 29th, courtesy of the new Profit-Taker update.
The Profit-Taker update initially launched on PC back in December, and is designed to enrich the original Fortuna experience with new missions, expanded lore, and a major new boss fight in the form of the titular Profit-Taker.
This formidable adversary (also known as the Orb Mother) is the giant robot spider seen patrolling the surface of Venus during developer Digital Extremes' early showings of the Fortuna expansion. Defeating the creature requires the co-operative might of multiple players, and powerful new Archgun variants that can be wielded while on-foot.
They've done it again. Developer Panic Button returns with another highly impressive Switch conversion of a current-gen title: Digital Extremes' Warframe. It's available now on the eShop and it's free to play, so if you want to see how this talented team manages to bring PS4 and Xbox One experiences to Nintendo's console hybrid, do check it out - we suspect you'll be impressed.
The story of Warframe itself is a fascinating one, and its origins can be traced back to before the arrival of Xbox 360. Indeed, the game that would eventually become Warframe was the first 'next-gen' game announced for the PS360 era. Back then it was called Dark Sector, which eventually released as something very, very different to that original reveal. At some point, Digital Extremes returned to that early work and used it as the basis for the game we're looking at today.
Launched in 2013 in tandem with the arrival of the current-gen consoles, Warframe has evolved radically over the last five years. Content has been boosted, performance has improved and the game's graphics have improved significantly as Digital Extremes has worked on adding new features to its proprietary in-house Evolution Engine. Heavy on post-processing effects such as bokeh depth of field, motion blur and bloom, it's a very handsome game - which makes Panic Button's work on the Switch version even more impressive. In almost every way that matters, it mirrors the features of the existing PlayStation game - right down to the inclusion of a PC-style options menu.
UPDATE 7/12/18: Digital Extremes has announced that Warframe's excellent open-world Fortuna update, which unfolds across and beneath the frozen wastes of Venus, will come to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on December 10th.
There's no news yet on when we can expect the expansion to make its way to Digital Extreme's impressive, recently released Switch version, but hopefully that'll change soon.
UPDATE: 8/11/18: Four months after it was first revealed to the world by way of a musical number (which, incidentally, is the way that all things in life should be revealed), Warframe's massive Venus-based Fortuna expansion is out on PC.
We're fast approaching the scheduled release window for Warframe's next open world expansion, Fortuna, which is due to arrive on PC sometime in early November. To take the hype to all new levels, Digital Extremes has created a "secret" Discord server called Solaris United, which is leading players on a wild goose chase around the internet to discover more about the lore of Fortuna. I'm not going to lie - some of Warframe's background stories are quite grim.
For a certain group of space ninja enthusiasts, few things will be as exciting as the upcoming Warframe update. Fortuna - the game's next open world expansion - is due to land on PC pretty shortly. This November, in fact.
For those a little out of the Warframe loop, Fortuna is a Plains of Eidolon-esque update which allows players to explore the planet of Venus in an open world environment. Fortuna itself is an underground city inhabited by the Solaris: body-augmented workers indebted to the Corpus, who are (as usual) up to no good on the planet. Players will also be able to explore the terraformed snowy above-ground environment (the Orb Vallis) by hoverboard on vehicles known as "K-Drives"), and even stop off for a spot of robo-fishing. And let's be honest, it's all about the fishing.
As a new player, when I first encountered the Plains of Eidolon (PoE) update - Fortuna's sister expansion - I found it was somewhat difficult for beginners to understand exactly what was happening, particularly in comparison to the simplicity of Warframe's closed levels. While PoE was a beautiful and exciting place to explore, vast swathes of the plains did sometimes feel a little empty, while some players complained the grind was too extreme, even for a free to play game like Warframe.
Developer Digital Extremes has announced that Fortuna - Warframe's massive open-world Venus expansion - will be launching on PC in November, with an Xbox One and PlayStation 4 release due "soon after".
Fortuna was first unveiled during Warframe's third-annual TennoCon, which took place in July this year, and it looks spectacular. Much like last year's Plains of Eidolon expansion, Fortuna is entirely open-world - initially focussing on the titular, hub-like subterranean home of the Solaris United, before opening out onto the sprawling, snowy surface of Venus above.
When Digital Extremes debuted Fortuna at TennoCon, it did so with a lengthy, and very impressive, 30 minutes of gameplay, which you can see in the video below. It offers a small but sufficiently intriguing taste of the new activities available on the frozen Venusian wastes.
If you're a new Warframe player and fancy a little game-breaking fun, head on over to your nearest Archwing mission to experience a spacewalk like no other.
Long after modders figured out how to unlock mouse and keyboard support on Xbox One, it seems Microsoft is finally adding a more official version of the feature.
We knew the space ninjas were coming to Switch, but now we know exactly when they'll be landing.
In last night's Nintendo Direct, Digital Extremes confirmed Warframe will be coming to Switch on the 20th of November. Just like the PC, Xbox and PlayStation versions, Warframe will be free to play.
Warframe was originally released for PC back in 2013, and has slowly risen up the rankings to become one of the most-played games on Steam. It's a sci-fi shooter where groups of up to four players can carry out missions to defend an alternative future of our own solar system. It's notable for its fast-paced parkour, well-crafted combat, and sheer variety of playstyles. Oh, and fashion frame - never forget fashion frame.
Digital Extremes has offered an impressive first look at some of the big new features coming to its free-to-play space shooter Warframe this year and beyond - including a massive new open-world area in the form of Venus, and a first glimpse at some breathtaking ship-to-ship combat.
Developer Digital Extremes has announced that Warframe, its excellent free-to-play, co-op-focussed sci-fi shooter, is currently in development for Nintendo Switch.
Warframe's latest cinematic quest, The Sacrifice, will launch on PC this month, Digital Extremes has announced.
UPDATE 10/5/18: Following its launch on PC last month, Warframe's Beasts of the Sanctuary content update is now available to download on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Beasts of the Sanctuary introduces the new Sanctuary Onslaught mode and the Warframe Khora, both of which are outlined in more detail below.
Alongside the new update, console players can participate in the returning Operation: Plague Star limited-time event, which runs from today, May 10th, to Tuesday May 22nd.
Warframe developer Digital Extremes has announced that this year's TennoCon - the company's annual Warframe-themed convention - will take place on July 7th, at the London Convention Center in London, Ontario.
Warframe's latest free update, Shrine of Eidolon, launches on PC this week, developer Digital Extremes has announced.
Shrine of Eidolon further expands on Warframe's recently added open-world Plains of Eidolon map, adding two new boss encounters and a high-flying new method of transportation.
Warframe's new boss-stylee creatures are known as Eidolons - mysterious titans that wander the Plains "and loom over the people of Cetus". These, according to the game's lore, are fragments of the mighty Sentient, "a deformed creature, sent from some dark fold of distant space, crushing towers and citadels across Earth...".
Warframe's latest update, which introduces Ghoul hunting, dynamic weather and customisable on-ship living quarters, has made its way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
PC players received the update late last year, but console players can now enjoy the likes of Ghoul Purge Bounties, too. These bring a new level of challenge (and suitable rewards) to the Plains of Eidolon - Warframe's reasonably new open-world map - and task brave Tenno with ridding the landscape of tough Grineer Ghouls.
These formidable new adversaries roam in packs and specialise in close combat. They can be encountered via a Ghoul Alert, in graveyards and through Incursions or Bounties.
UPDATE 8/11/17: Developer Digital Extremes has announced that Warframe's major new Plains of Eidolon update will finally come to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 14th. The free expansion launched on PC last month, October 12th, and marks Warframe's first foray into open-world action. More details on Plains of Eidolon can be found below.
ORIGINAL STORY 5/10/17: Warframe, the free-to-play shooter that's actually very good will receive another major new update on PC next week, this time in the form of the long-awaited Plains of Eidolon.
Plains of Eidolon has been in the works for a good old while now, and is a pretty big deal for the Warframe universe. It introduces the game's first fully-explorable, open-world-style landscape, marking a major departure from its usual claustrophobic, corridor-based action.
Warframe welcomes the Chains of Harrow update on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One today.
This brings a new horror film-style quest, a new chain-wielding character/Warframe, a new-look/remastered Earth environment, new weapons, new enemies and the ability to dual-wield thrown melee weapons with secondary weapons.
The Chains of Harrow quest sends you to investigate a spaceship adrift near Earth, and in true horror film fashion, it houses a lot more than your bargained for. The quest will appear when you've finished The War Within and unlocked Mot in the Void.
UPDATE 2ND DECEMBER: The War Within expansion will be released for PS4 and Xbox One this month, developer Digital Extremes announced last night. No specific date, sadly.
ORIGINAL STORY 13TH NOVEMBER: Warframe has just welcomed a huge update on PC called The War Within, adding a whole new chapter of content - and all the new enemies, weapons and armour that come with it - as well as an array of game improvements. It's a whopper.
"This chapter tells a story of your patience, our gratitude, and of course some wonderful evolution for the game," wrote developer Digital Extremes in an open letter. "We're introducing an awe inspiring and dangerous environment: the Kuva Fortress. We're pushing our engine technology to bring you graphic improvements. We're bringing you a story about your past.
Free-to-play co-op sci-fi shooter Warframe is now available to download on Xbox One.
Warframe developer Digital Extremes appears to be in the throws of acquisition.
With the rising price of next-gen games a hot topic of conversation, the case for free-to-play moving onto consoles should be easier to make. Games like Warframe, however, probably won't help.
It's a four-player co-op third-person shooter, pitting human players in Guyver-esque supersuits known as Warframes against a variety of evil alien cyborg types. If that scenario causes your eyes to glaze over with weary familiarity then rest assured, the game that follows is even more generic and characterless than you think.
Following a brief tutorial which teaches you such insultingly obvious basics such as how to move and shoot, you're dumped into a densely packed front-end that explains little else. The game is structured around the planets of the Solar System and some fictional additions, with each providing a progressive mission tree to work through.
The Darkness 2 developer Digital Extremes has announced its free-to-play third-person co-op shooter Warframe will be a PlayStation 4 launch title.
The game launched on PC earlier this year. Digital Extremes, which also made Dark Sector, said the PS4 version will take advantage of the Sony console's social connectivity and community-building features, as well as some of the more snazzy features of the DualShock 4, including the touch-pad.
There's also an Android and iOS app called Warframe Nexus, which lets you perform in-game tasks and view real-time game information.