Warframe doubled its concurrency record with Plains of Eidolon to become second top-played F2P on Steam

Four year-old Warframe’s done it again: set a new concurrency record, and not even for the first time, as it busted past its concurrency records following The War Within last year and Octavia’s Anthem last spring.

“With the Plains of Eidolon expansion, Warframe hit an all-time peak of 121,377 concurrent players on Steam, nearly double its previous record of 69,526 CCU peak in March 2017 with Octavia’s Anthem, making it the second highest peak CCU for a free-to-play game currently on Steam. Warframe Plains of Eidolon rocketed to the top five of SteamCharts, racking up 40,145,054 hours played (as of this writing) by enthusiastic Tenno.”

The update hasn’t even landed on console yet, so that number will only go up, even if all we can see is the Steam stats, which Digital Extremes notes puts the game in second place for playtime in F2P games (that’s still accurate as of this morning). Interestingly, the press release says the game still counts “more than 30 million registered users,” not that far off from the almost 31 million registered users counted in March of this year, which at the time was an increase of five million players since 2016.

All of that is to suggest Plains of Eidolon has brought back existing users rather than heavily widening its base, which may or may not surprise you; the expansion is notable for its MMORPG aspirations, with the addition of open-world landscapes, a focus on its storyline, and an emphasis on exploration.

Source: Press release
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Togashi Kokujin
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Togashi Kokujin

Started this a few days ago and wow, I’ve been having a blast. I have only rarely dabbled in shooters or looters before, preferring the (comparably) relaxed combat of WoW for years. Now I’m hopping around like a space ninja bunny shooting and slashing the multitude of weird opponents left and right … it’s pretty fun :-)
The plains certainly look nice, but there’s so much other stuff to do … plus, don’t go out on the plains at night. Those eidolons look cool, but are supremely murderous!

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dixa

PoE is not for new players.

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zeko_rena

I gave it a go, started a mission and randoms joined, they got pissed off at the end because I didn’t know you had to go back to the gate to complete the mission so I was walking around exploring lol

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Armsbend

You can play solo if you want to screw around. If you play with people they want to go fast.

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Bhima Jenkins

Yeah, those people are everywhere:

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Chosenxeno .

I don’t get why this game just can’t seem to hold me. That said, I’ve been on Vacation the last 4 days and I keep thinking about it. Then I come here and see this. It has to be a sign!

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Armsbend

For me it was getting an OP frame and weapon. Slicing through everything while the other members watch in awe can be pretty fun. Especially when you used to be the one with mouth agape.

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flamethekid .

its slightly hard to get into if you aren’t curious about touching and experimenting with stuff

its even worse way worse if you are a returning player since the game has a habit of changing extremely dramatically at least once every year or two to the point you won’t even recognize it anymore
the community is wonderfully nice however and the junctions tell you where to go on the map so its not too bad

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Dantos

Ive been a long time fan of warframe, but I just cant seem to get into plains. I think it may just come down to traversing all that open space. Regardless, glad its doing well.

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Darthbawl

Good for them, nice to see a game doing well.

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Castagere Shaikura

Glad for them. But i could never get into all the wall running gimmicks that everyone thought was so cool.

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David Goodman

I really like Warframe, but I was never a hardcore player – i don’t even know what level I am, or how to tell any more, but I never got very far. I played so occasionally because I never had time really to put into it.

Looking at the game now, there’s so much it’s very daunting. I wish there was a resource for “Here is where you go and what you do to get to the new shiny” – with simple directions for simpletons like myself who are lost looking at their spacemap :D

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flamethekid .

I’m a returning player I found starting at earth and doing the requirements for the junctions is the best place to start since it literally gives you the quests and unlocks the next planet to go to

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BalsBigBrother

Good for them and I am glad they are seeing success with this. I may even get to play some of it before the end of the year if I am lucky :-)

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Zen Dadaist

Just as well it’s mostly older players poking their noses back in rather than newer players – the Plains isn’t great for new players because it’s a side-stream of progression that won’t really help them in the rest of the game! That said, the hype rubbed off on a friend who’d made an account (probably just to shut me up :p) and is now playing in full swing.

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Armsbend

I guess DOTA is in the number one spot.

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flamethekid .

nope warframe crapped all over DOTA its PUBG player unknown’s battleground

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Armsbend

PUBG isn’t Free to Play.

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