TennoCon 2018: Warframe expands into open-world Venus plus space

Eidolon expanded the scope of Warframe immensely, but that doesn’t hold a candle to the content coming. The playable universe is growing by open-world leaps and bounds… and rocket thrusts!

Digital Extremes announced the next two major updates coming to the game at this year’s TennoCon 2108. First up this fall is Fortuna, a massive open-world environment on the surface of Venus. How big is it? Game Director Steve Sinclair said that the entirety of Eidolon would fit just on the first base in The Orb Vallis. That was the one folks had surmised parts of thanks to datamining. However, no one expected the second announcement: to play in space!

The vastness of Venus

Devs focused first on Fortuna. There, players will start in the underground debt-internment Colony of Fortuna, a massive factory populated with the cyborgs who work just to keep their lives. This hub is also home to a new faction Solaris United, cyborgs who choose to fight against their oppressors. From there, players step out onto the surface of Venus.

Outside of the underground hub is a vast, frozen landscape for players to explore. And where there is snow, there should be snowboards. Digital Extremes kicked a little more sci-fi into that idea and is making finding all those vistas even more funwith a new vehicle mechanic: hoverboards. We know what you’re thinking: Yes you can do tricks, no you can’t shoot while mounted. And yes, you will be knocked off by the many new threats so you can’t just zoom through everything. Thankfully, not all creatures are threats.

Besides just new creatures dotting the landscape, this update introduces a new way to interact with wildlife. Instead of just killing everything you come across, players have the chance to track down and capture animals to aid in conservation efforts. A part of this system involves a space-version of a duck call.

There are many more details to be had, from the Fortuna expansion to new ‘Frames to dev interviews, so stay tuned for more TennoCon coverage coming this weekend!

Putting the Space Ninjas in space

Hold on to your archwings! If you thought that Fortuna, with its massive open world and more, was adding a lot to Warframe, there is yet another upcoming update that will expand content even further. How far? We’re talking about into the vast reaches of space itself!Dubbed Codename: Railjack, this update introduces one of the most quintessential aspects of sci-fi adventures: space battle. Yes, Space Ninjas will finally get to fight in space. This addition of land to space can tie the entire Warframe experience together.

How it will work is players will be able to hop aboard a warship that’s landed on the ground then shoot seamlessly up to the stars to engage in battle. Go solo or work together as a crew of up to four to pilot, man turrets, manage shields, and make those necessary repairs when your targets fight back.

But wait — that’s not all. Besides engaging in ship-to-ship combat, players can launch archwings to into space to attack and even board the enemy ship. Bust your way onto the vessel and slice, dice,and blast your way through the swarms of soldiers. Eliminate the crew and destroy the core to earn your victory.

As hungry as fans are for more info for this new way to play, Codename: Railjack was only teased here at TennoCon. We’ll keep you posted when more is available.

Check out the rest of our TennoCon 2018 coverage!

Disclosure: In accordance with Massively OP’s ethics policy, we must disclose that Digital Extremes paid for our writer’s travel to and accommodation at this event. The studio has neither requested nor been granted any control or influence over our coverage of the event. MJ’s bus even had internet, y’all!
Massively Overpowered is on the ground in London, Canada, for TennoCon 2018, bringing you expert coverage on Warframe and Digital Extremes’ other games!
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Grave Knight

Corpus Hoverboard!!

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Alex Willis

The full Fortuna intro video is awesome.

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Alex Willis

I am so jacked for this.

That is all.

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Zen Dadaist

I will absolutely be taking my Hydroid Prime aboard to captain the vessel when the Railjack update drops (I’m guessing christmas time). I hope DE gives his tidal surge ability the fire extinguisher mechanic :p

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Alex Willis

I don’t see them allowing frame powers to have an effect. But if they did…

Other powers:
— Chroma, freeze-breath
— Limbo, freeze fire-time
— Frost, obvious
— Nidus, saturate the fire with infested flesh
— Atlas, smother with gravel
— Vauban, plan an elaborate multipronged strategy for the elimination of fires

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xpsync

I watched some of the live stream a few minutes ago, there is a distinct difference in watching it and being there.

The crowd cheering is literally thunderous, you don’t get that from the stream, the electric atmosphere is vacant, the dev and fan love for Warframe is distinctly void, and most of all, the intimate family aura which is overflowing at Tennocon is simply unfilled in a stream.

I’m still coming down off this convention, it was literally a magical day for me, with such a lovely surprise ending to the day for me ;)

It turned out to be one of the most incredibly memorable days of my life.

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Alex Willis

Some of the energy was definitely coming through on the stream. Really cool stuff.

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xpsync

Yes, i was still coming down from being there, so agreed the love does come through in the stream.

It’s just when you are there and see the developers in person, and how they interact with the fans, amazing people!

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Oleg Chebeneev

Dunno why everyone trashtalks Destiny 2. Tried it this free weekend for the first time and had good fun. Nice game

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ihatevnecks

Obviously it’s not everyone, but many of the people who trash talk D2 are those have played more than a free weekend. Most players loved their first week in the game.

Then when they realized it was in the same state D1 had been at launch, even missing basic features and improvements that even D1 had at launch, and rather hyper-focused on funneling everyone through the RMT store, the reality hit and the trashing started.

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Danny Smith

-less features than game it replaced
-massive focus on a predatory cash shop model ripped from mobile games
-gear now balanced around cash shop and as such largely cosmetic and pointless now
-writing has gone from obtuse sci-fi fantasy to “later haters” and “we are not so different you and i”
-a scandal nearly every month for a year including devs intentionally throttling xp to hinder players getting lootboxes for free, up to and including intentionally making the ui display more xp than you were actually receiving.
-first expansion was pathetically small
-greater reliance on asett flipping than the first game
-all quality of life fixes learnt over the development of the first game outright dont exist in the sequel
-huge list of bans on pc if you used streaming software while running the game
-shaders that were once a drop you could reuse forever turned into a consumable you need 5 of per armour set, and just happened to be in many cases linked to cash shop purchases
-locked people out of content they already bought if they didnt buy the expansions day one
-massive issue with dupe drops lead to consumable item bungie said increased drop rate by 50%, players ran numbers and was actually below 2%
-taken constant activities from D1 and turned them into seasonal events to timelock content for last minute cash shop sales
-rich, expansive lore built over years in the first game now decanonised and called ‘folklore’
-replaced with memes and bad jokes written by bob marketing
-dark tone replaced with cringey one as part of a shift to appeal to a younger audience
-pvp was so busted worldwide numbers dropped to around 40k players worldwide across all platforms in the monthly tournament. not peak times. players total.
-specs cut down to 2 major choices instead of a talent tree
-removed random loot rolls which made dupe drop problem even worse

Thats just off the top of my head.

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NeoWolf

Warframe frustrates the heck out me, it looks great, it is even fun to watch..but i’ll be damned if I can get into it.. i’ve tried multiple times and it just doesn’t hold my interest.. so frustrating, I can’t even put my finger on why..I just play it and get bored really quickly GAH!

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flamethekid .

maybe you aren’t using the modding system properly to keep your power up
or you don’t know how to properly get into the actual content of the game

if its the first one just look at what your frame is good at and level up mods that make your frame better at what its good at and general chat is your friend(unless its clem time)

if its the latter then just look at the map and start at earth and follow the junctions they have quest objectives you need to do on that planet and then just follow the path from those junctions to the next one after about a week or two you will get to the second dream thats where the blockbuster starts

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NeoWolf

I don’t mean it frustrates me in that I have trouble playing it in fact I do not think I have EVER died even once (not including missing the odd jump), it’s a simple enough game and the modding system is easy enough.

It is just the game itself although appealing just doesn’t grab me and keep me interested and I cannot for the life of me put my finger on why.

On paper its very much something I’d play but in actuality I get bored playing it really quickly. I have literally installed and uninstalled it a half dozen times since it was released with the same result play a few hours, get bored..uninstall.

It does give me an “on rails” feel, which I don’t like..maybe thats why?? i’m not sure.

Its frustrating.

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flamethekid .

on the rails?
like tradition questing in mmos?

closest thing to that would be the junctions thats the questing system in the game

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NeoWolf

Story and Questing is pretty much my thing, so yup, like your being led with not much choice or option for deviation.

It has that traditional questing mmo feel but without the space or design obfuscation to make you unaware of the fact you are essentially just going in a straight line with no off roads. And being aware of it makes you feel cramped and led..

But even that is just a frustration its not necessarily a deal breaker.. as I say its frustrating. Maybe it is just a collection of little things that kill my interest in it, I wish I knew?? but for whatever reason as much as I want it too it just isn’t resonating with me.

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xpsync

I believe getting really good at it plays a huge role.

The last time i was completely consumed with Warframe was in around when Nova Prime came out, since then I’ve only popped in and out and it’s still very enjoyable but not near what it feels like when you’re exceptional at it, but after this reveal…

I think it’s time to get good again :)

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Castagere Shaikura

I feel the same way. The open zones gives me hope though. I hate the indoor missions with all the gimmicky wall running and sliding stuff.

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John Mynard

You probably didn’t find that magic ‘frame and weapon combo yet. To this day, despite having tried all the frames, there are only like 3 or 4 that I play regularly enough to be an “expert” at.

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Tanek

I have that with a few games. I can see that they are good, I like the ideas and the mechanics, I have friends who play…but I just can’t get into it for whatever reason.

Then with Warframe, I never thought I would like it because I just don’t tend to enjoy shooters. But something about it just clicked.

People are weird beasties. Some day we may really understand ourselves, but I’m not holding my breath. :)

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Danny Smith

Eat shit Bungie: The game.

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Eamil

Destiny didn’t just die, it was murdered.

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Necromonger

Hey Bungie are you seeing this ?

This is how you pull in players.

Take notes and watch how to increase your playerbase instead of murdering them with DLC cancer with zero substance.

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Rein Axefury

Can’t wait! I always try to avoid hype, but DE doesn’t disappoint me. Maybe i have enough time on the game to know what to expect, the part about hunting sounds fun, and being able to take bounties on the map without having to go back to the city is a huge improvement in comparison to PoE.