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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