TennoCon 2018: Warframe enhances sights and sounds with new skins, ‘Frames, pet skins, music, and more

    
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What does a great game look like to you? More and more it looks like Warframe to me. Looks and sounds like I should say. Have you seen those reveals from this year’s TennoCon? I found them pretty amazing. And part of that amazingness comes from the look and the sound of it all; the gameplay content wouldn’t have half the impact without the integral contributions of the art and sound departments.

At TennoCon Live 2018 I got to learn a bit more about these aspects of Warframe. Of course, no panel would be complete without a reveal or two, and we were treated to a few fun ones, from the two new ‘Frames and skins to the introduction of pet skins to the discovery of Creative Director Steve Sinclair’s hidden voice role in game.

The Art of War(frame)

Although Revenant was first introduced to the community earlier in a dev livestream, this new warframe got some screen time to show off more details during the con. As the Eidolon ‘Frame, it makes sense that its creation was started for Eidolon and is very influenced by that update.The second warframe was unveiled during the panel and again during the TennoCon Live presentation. Code named Garuda, this elegant death machine was born from concept art by a fan. Garuda is very avian, a combination of a bird of prey and a vampire. She sets herself apart from the other vampiric type of ‘Frame by being extremely visceral with her prey: Her abilities are all about the gore, according to Live Operations and Community Producer Rebecca Ford. That said, devs did point out that she is more elegance and less rage. Her massive claw, however, has not been decided to be part of the ‘Frame and abilities or a new weapon. Ford described her as a harpy, tearing into prey and using them as meat shields.

Two warframes in development may not seem like a lot, but it is more than were introduced this past year. In fact, during our interview Ford told me the one thing she wanted to see in the future:

“I am hoping that Warframe will release more warframes faster. We’ve released one warframe this year and that’s the slowest we’ve ever been, So I’m hoping that at the end of this year we’ve released so many playable characters that people can catch back on to, ‘OK, this is the real fun — the experiementing with different builds and with a new ‘Frame'”

Besides the new playable characters, as expected new weapons and new skins were revealed. What was not expected was the revelation that kubro skins are coming! The dog-like companion that fights by your side has its own skin coming. New weapons include the Prime Gram, a Vauban Deluxe Bundle, Revenant shotgun, a Corpus bundle, and a Corpus Glave. The audience was also treated to a look at the new Venus Solarus United Sentinal.

More deluxe skins are also incoming: First Nyx and Limbo, then Titania and Nezha. (Fun fact: Two of those skins were designed by community designers through TennoGen turned DE employees!)  More skins also include one for Nidus where his armor transforms as he adds on his attachments.  During the Q&A, devs shared that they are at the point where they are now thinking about the second-generation deluxe skins, so more warframes will be getting their second deluxe skins.

Part of the panel focused on Sacrifice. Devs described how Sacrifice was approached as a play so the world building was more integral than other times. The story in Sacrifice was told using props, so art was very key. They then disclosed that the hospital room was actually meant for something else, so all the original props were scrapped and new ones made. The good news with that, devs said, was that the items are never actually tossed but can instead find their way into decorations for ships or dojos.

Warning for this paragraph: There are slight spoilers if you haven’t played through Sacrifice yet. (I tried to ignore it myself, but you know, I needed to share it with you.)

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A surprising reveal was showing a complete image of the Lotus herself, the entity that directs the Tenno in their journeys. Players finally can see her unmasked, and she is not at all what players expect. She is less warm, and less human while more divine as described by the devs. During the live presentation, this was expanded upon with a short video clip focused on The Lotus which led into the cliffhanger for the next step in the story.

During the Q&A for the art panel, devs said they have big plans going forward for the dojos despite the fact they have been left behind for a little while. More customization, like players have for their orbiters is working its way into the dojo system. We also learned that the instrument from Sacrifice will be coming to the dojo. For those who are interested in creating concepts for the game, TennoGen (the avenue for doing just that) is opening up what people can contribute. Another feature that devs will be revisiting is facial customization. Additionally, they will be revisiting customization of orbiters so things that couldn’t be customized before will be sometime soon.

Sound the trumps of War(frame)

While some may discount the importance of sound in a game, it is a key element of the ambience, and it really bring the game to life. Both the past and future iterations of the game count on sound. For instance, it turns out that sound will also be a main component of the new conservation feature in Fortuna by utilizing the echo-lure to help entice creatures out of hiding. The sound panel at TennoCon focused on in-game sounds as well as the voice acting, even having voice actors present.

While reveals themselves aren’t as prevalent in this panel, we did get a couple of juicy tidbits of news. The first was from the final clip of that video highlighting the making of sounds (with some heavy foreshadowing of Fortuna since it was all ice and snow); the ending hat led to the reveal that Umbra’s roar is none other than Steve Sinclair himself. The second welcome piece of news was when devs said that they felt it was time to make another soundtrack, a comment the audience enthusiastically agreed with. Devs noted that it’s also possible that music that never made it into game (because it didn’t quite fit what was needed) could be included in the soundtrack.

Folks who appreciate the voice acting in the game got to meet some of the faces behind the characters… or more specifically, the villains. The audience was able to hear from the voice of Ballas himself who traveled to the con from Scotland. We also heard from the man behind Nef Anyo and Tyl Regor. A fan cosplaying as Ballas also joined the stage at the end. The actors praised the quality of writing that allowed them to really bring the characters personality and life, and they voiced appreciation at being able to watch the character develop over the years as the game grows.

During the Q&A we learned that while there are no immediate plans for adding more songs to Octavia’s repertoire, the devs would like to at some point. Also, when asked if there could be more variety in tracks for areas in game, the devs said they’d like to revisit and add but needing music and sounds for quests takes priority.

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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I can not say enough good things about how they run Tennocon and the people whom work for Digital Extremes. Instead of going on and on about it which i totally could, I’ll give an example of the type of people whom work for DE.

I think it was spacemom was interrupted just before she signed something for someone. Ok chit happens no big deal she’s busy running a convention, i’m sure they understood.

But no, DE goes way out of their way trying to find this person on internet/twitter to apologize to him, and then step it up another notch, they go way above and beyond a signature, they are also giving them a bunch of free extra goodies.

That’s DE in a nutshell. That’s why Tennocon is by far the best Gaming Convention i’ve ever gone too and it’s not hard at all to understand the distances people travel to get to it.

See you next year!

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Nick Smith

Two new frames! Noice!

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Valen Sinclair

After ignoring the game for years, I finally started playing it last month. Maybe because it looked like it had actually reached a state of primetime finally? I don’t know what caused me to finally try it, but it never looked appealing to me when it was first released.

Fantastic for a F2P game. Also convinced one of my friends to start playing. Then watched the livestream the other day and was even more hyped. I think DE has a juggernaut on their hands. It just seems to be getting more and more popular.

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I’m totally into Warframe again.

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John Mynard

I’m trying not to let my hype get too far out of hand, but damn it, I couldn’t sleep Saturday night.

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Haha that made two of us.

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John Mynard

Did I read that right? Gram Prime? HELLS YES!

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butterpanda888

Just got into this game and I am OBSESSED. I started with Excalibur and I’m now working on finishing up rhino in the foundry.

Anyone play on PS4 and have a clan I could join?

Garuda seems really cool! Love that they are going to be adding more frames and more skins.

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PC here, Excalibur best starting frame and hard to farm out later, nice choice.

I started with a Mag cause i love challenge, if i only knew Excalibur was harder to get than mag or volt.

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Tobasco da Gama

Well, if you can stick with the game until The Sacrifice…

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Castagere Shaikura

Watched the whole show. They really know how to put on a good one to. Didn’t get the ash frame though. I heard they got overwhelmed by all the people that watched it for the free frame.

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DeadlyAccurate

I was at my sister’s house on Saturday, so I figured if I was still there at 5pm (when it started for me), I would just let it run silently on my phone. I ended up leaving with enough time to watch it on the way home. (Don’t worry; I wasn’t driving!)

I love living in the future!

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I heard so can’t confirm but it double a fortnight stream. That says allot.

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DeadlyAccurate

I got my Ash Prime, no problem, but I haven’t done anything more than set it up. I was playing with my new Vauban yesterday. I’ve also got a Wukong cooking that should be ready in a day.

I also finished The War Within questline. One of the better ones. Warning for anyone who’s about to start it: expect to spend 90-120 minutes on the last phase of it. The first two phases only take the same amount of time as a normal quest, but that last one is a doozy.

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Alex Willis

Yep, it DID take a long time, but wow, what a fun experience.

I got a Vauban Prime recently and am going to be tooling around in it this week, as well as Mirage Prime. I just need a BP for Zephyr Prime and I’ll be good to go on that one too.

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I’m so far behind on everything, the good news is, i have lots to catch up on!

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urgan

Thanks for the warning! That sounds like I’ll have to skip it for now :( As the saying goes, ain’t nobody got time for that.

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Tobasco da Gama

Good to know, I’ll make sure I save that one for a weekend.

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BalsBigBrother

Really love the music from the reveal trailer, I may have listened to it once or twice, um fifty times:

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Alex Willis

so many fifty times

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Same.

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Yep it’s still playing in head.

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sophiskiai

Breaking news: since the Twitch drops for the livestream were overloaded due to nearly 500k viewers and lots of people didn’t get their Ash Prime, everybody who’s logged into Warframe within the last 7 days and has a linked Twitch account will get an Ash Prime :D
https://forums.warframe.com/topic/980271-the-great-tennocon-2018-ash-prime-drop-fix/

MJ, I think you mean Nidus instead of Titus?

Am still humming the Fortuna song to myself, am very excited for the Revenant and Garuda ‘frames, and that Kubrow skin looks so cool!

From freeze-framing the bounty rewards in the Fortuna reveal, it looks like the new Solaris United Sentinel will be named Oxylus (shown in the header image, does anyone else think it looks like a Transformer?), and the Corpus weapons rewarded from bounties will be the Battacor, Kreska, and Ocucor. Also, Steve has mentioned on Twitter that there will be different hoverboard customisations and upgrades, alongside some other neat things like a screenshot comparing the size of one of Venus’ big Orb spider bosses to the size of an Eidolon:

And StallordD has a new lore video out about The Sacrifice, including the speculation that…

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…instead of us going to the Tau system, Natah’s Mother (whom we see and hear in the trailer for The New War) has been travelling towards the Origin system at sublight speeds since the Old War and is nearly here.

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Interesting theory!

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I bet we still go to Tau eventually, but it makes a lot of sense to me that the New War would actually start out in the Origin System first.

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Alex Willis

Fortuna song has been rattling around in my head since Saturday evening. Now I’m all ready for Warframe: The Musical! (Actually, some of the plot WOULD work as an opera.)