Just a few years ago the term “free-to-play” was still fairly new to our industry. Nowadays however, it’s being banded about left, right, and centre, which is never a bad thing for gamers, especially those a bit strapped for cash.
The latest high-profile development studio to take a punt at the F2P shooter genre is Digital Extremes, placing its bets on the robust, PvE-centric Warframe. Set in the outer reaches of a rich sci-fi universe, Warframe charts the conflict between two alien races locked in a war for supremacy. For years the Tenno have been enslaved by their Grineer masters; however, on the verge of extinction, the Tenno uncover ancient exoskeleton technology that turns the tide of battle.
As four Tenno soldiers, players will face down hordes of genocidal Grineer via online co-op play. It’s an interesting direction given that most F2P shooters tend to follow the traditional deathmatch template. Digital Extremes also revealed that Warframe was an old concept the studio had revived from its early days.
We’ve yet to see any actual gameplay though the trailer above gives a clear idea as to the art style and sci-fi universe that will serve as Warframe’s backbone. The official website is now live and is already taking applications for an upcoming closed beta. Enlist today and you can guarantee your online alias/nametag/handle.