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Warframe revises focus system, adds dynamic weather

Perfectionists, nitpickers, or insecure? Your call on Warframe’s development team, although it does look like the members are striving to make the best game possible. Shortly after releasing the “Focus 2.0” overhaul with the recent Plains of Eidolon, the team is revising it once again with “Focus 2.5.”

The main takeaway with this updated system is that players will have to spend less to progress through the focus tree from now on: “The biggest systemic change with focus will address pool capacity costs. Focus points are still collected into five separate trees, but all will now have a shared pool capacity — this means you can upgrade your pool size using the points from any school you wish, which increases the maximum capacity for every school all at once.”

This week’s update adds dynamic weather patterns to the new open world zone, so enjoy them puddles! Rain, storms, wind, and moving cloud patterns are all part of the system, and players can expect to encounter reduced visibility and better fishing when it really starts getting nasty outside.

Source: Focus 2.5, patch notes. Thanks Sophiskiai!

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A meteor crashed into Warframe as part of the Operation Plague Star event

Warframe’s 100th developer stream this past weekend may have been overshadowed by BlizzCon, but it’s worth digging into all the same. Here are a few of the highlights!

  • The next warframe got a little tease. Khora uses a cat-like Kavat and… a whip. A real whip, not cool whip. She’s not melee. The devs also hinted at new new Grineer Ghoul enemies and a new Eidolon Teralyst boss.
  • Plains of Eidolon is currently working through Xbox certification. The devs acknowledged that the expansion is tricky and not perfect just yet, but in the meantime, you should probably check out the giant meteor that just smashed into the gameworld as part of the Operation Plague Star event. Hint hint.
  • The focus system is under scrutiny right now as the devs try to strike a balance between focus farmers and casuals. In the future, players might get focus respecs and boosted capacity.
  • Bounties are getting a bit of a rework with rewards coming at each stage, not just at the very end. Login rewards are due for an overhaul as well (they’ll be on a 50-day track so you can get some of them sooner insteas of waiting a zillion years).
  • Expect love coming for operator animations, more open world levels on more plants, new dojo decorations, enhancements for clans, and upcoming planetary relay building events.
  • There are no raids currently under construction (apparently, not a lot of players dig them), so development is being aimed at the open world instead.

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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.

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The Stream Team: Into Warframe’s Plains of Eidolon!

Ever since Warframe’s Plains of Eidolon expansion was announced at this summer’s TennoCon, Massively OP’s MJ has been bursting with excitement, eager to jump in. Today she gets to! The expansions open expanses are now open and she’s ready to explore. Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. for this first venture into the dangers of Eidolon.

What: Warframe
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 12th, 2017

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Warframe’s Plains of Eidolon expansion launches open-world ‘landscapes’ today

It’s been a thrill, I think you’ll agree, to watch over the last couple of years as Digital Extremes‘ Warframe defied the rule that most online games in our purview shrink after launch. The game has only gotten bigger, as it does again today with the launch of its Plains of Eidolon expansion. Today’s launch is for PC, mind you; consoles can expect it in November. Oh, and it’s free. And as the DE team told us back at Tennocon this past summer, MMORPG players in particular should pay attention to this patch, as the addition of open-world landscapes, interactive NPCs, a “gripping” story, a diurnal cycle, and new mission types, all with an emphasis on exploration, definitely push the game over into more MMO-like territory.

“Plains of Eidolon is the first-of-its kind Landscape for Warframe. The Open Zone design offers kilometers of colorful rolling hills and pastures, lively lakes and rivers, active mines and caves, all during a continual diurnal/nocturnal cycle for Tenno to soak up and enjoy. As many as 50 players can converge on the makeshift basecamp of Cetus, where the race of the Ostrons offer missions and challenges, and new weapons, armor and items to craft and customize to a degree never before realized in Warframe. During the relative safety of day, whether on foot or soaring through the air (using the revamped Sky Archwing), Tenno will clash with new and old Grineer, partake in mini-games such as spearfishing and mining, and partner up with as many as three others to explore the Plains. At night, danger surfaces from the waters and haunts the storied grounds. Only the bravest and best equipped teams will venture forth in their crash-course hunt for the massive Eidolon, a towering monstrosity lured to consciousness in search of something dangerous and mysterious.”

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Check out Warframe’s MMO-ish Plains of Eidolon expansion reveal right now

Back in July, Massively OP’s MJ Guthrie reported from TennoCon that Warframe is gearing up for a massive renovation dubbed Plains of Eidolon, an expansion that will almost certainly buff Warframe’s street cred with the MMORPG crowd.

“What I saw really takes Warframe in a new direction,” she wrote after her demo. “Plains of Eidolon adds a whole new dimension of player freedom. It brings a more MMORPG feel into the game – makes it more of a real world. Instead of just taking missions and teleporting to small instances, players will have the chance to explore the Warframe universe in open landscapes and meet the races they’ve been protecting for the last four years.” It’s not an open world, she explained, but it’s “the first step in that direction, incorporating elements such as NPCs, open adventure areas, and day/night cycles that influence the gameplay.”

Digital Extremes is revealing the expansion to everyone on today’s stream, which goes live as this post does at 2 p.m. EDT; you can watch it along with us below.

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TennoCon 2017: Warframe’s Plains of Eidolon is the first step toward a true MMORPG

Do you think you know what Warframe is? Can you define the game? Well toss that out the window because the new expansion is going to change things quite a bit. Plains of Eidolon, announced tonight at the end of TennoCon 2017, is taking the shooter in a new direction by opening the world up and fleshing the universe out, creating new ways to experience the game. If you haven’t tried Warframe yet thinking the game isn’t for you, this summer will definitely be the time to jump in and give it a spin.

Can the new expansion really be that game-changing? Yes. I sat with devs as they played through a live demo earlier this afternoon, and what I saw really takes Warframe in a new direction. (I also really liked it!) Plains of Eidolon adds a whole new dimension of player freedom. It brings a more MMORPG feel into the game — makes it more of a real world. Instead of just taking missions and teleporting to small instances, players will have the chance to explore the Warframe universe in open landscapes and meet the races they’ve been protecting for the last four years. Game Director Steve Sinclair told me that while it isn’t an open world, this is a first step in that direction, incorporating elements such as NPCs, open adventure areas, and day/night cycles that influence the gameplay. Of course, the expansion will also include a new Warframe, new weapons, and plenty of new story. Read on for a preview and the brand-new trailer!

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