Warframe introduces Atlas Prime as its next premium ‘Frame

    
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Commanding earth and stone in video gaming usually means one thing: using that earth and stone to viciously pummel the ever-loving snot out of enemies. Warframe’s Atlas Prime, the 26th Prime ‘Frame being added to the multiplayer action MMO, is most certainly no exception with abilities that bring the earthen hurt.

Those who know about the original Atlas ‘Frame will likely be familiar with what Atlas Prime is capable of: namely, the ability to create earthen armor, petrify foes, or summon rock elementals to fight alongside him. Those who have Prime Access will get Atlas Prime, a Dethcube Sentinel companion, and a number of accessories including a 7-day Mod Drop Chance Booster. Of course, Atlas Prime and his various attachments and goodies can also be earned for free through Relic hunting.

Atlas Prime will arrive to PC players soon, with a launch on all consoles later. Incidentally, Wukong Prime access will end on October 1st to make way for the rock and roll… and possibly some playful pets, as one Warframe employee discovered.

sources: press release, official site, thanks to Sophiskai for the tip!
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Alex Willis

I wish Atlas was a tankier frame. It has a really unique gameplay and feels great, but for higher-level content it’s near the bottom of the meta.

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angrakhan

Riddle me this, Batman. Warframe is technically just as pay to win as Star Citizen, yet the MO community in general fawns over Warframe while they lambast Star Citizen for being pay to win. Granted the price point of paying to win is an order of magnitude or two higher in Star Citizen, but mechanically they are the same. In SC you buy ships. In WF you buy frames. In SC you buy weapons. In WF you buy weapons. In SC you buy currency. In WF you buy currency. The only thing you can’t buy in WF is levels. However, since the fastest way to level is by leveling up frames and weapons, you kinda can brute force levels with money.

So…

Is the reason we’re ok with Warframe is the lower price point, or is it just hypocritical double standards applied to Star Citizen because it’s cool to hate Star Citizen?

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Alex Willis

Yikes.

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DMZefirus

Spoken as someone who hasn’t played Warframe. It’s super easy to farm for frames. Even this brand new shiny frame can be gotten by just playing the game for like a week. Maybe less.

You can get almost everything in the game without personally paying a dime.

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sophiskiai

I don’t pay much attention to Star Citizen – can you easily acquire all ships and weapons and currency simply through playing the game?

I don’t think of Warframe as pay-to-win in the slightest, merely pay-to-skip, because almost everything you can get by paying you can also get by spending time playing the game.

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EmberStar

One: Warframe sells stuff you can actually play with, in a game that actually exists. The most expensive version of Prime Access is *mostly* a premium currency bundle, the price point for just the Prime Frames is about $50 or so?

Two: You can gain access to the Prime ‘frames, weapons, and pets exclusively through gameplay, in a game that actually exists. You never have to pay ANYTHING for the portions that have direct gameplay effect. There are cosmetic items exclusive to the Prime Access bundle, and for quite a while you have the option to purchase *just* those items separately from the character and weapons.

Three: The MOST expensive version is still only about $150 US. I’m not sure *any* of the Star Citizen ships costs “so little.” And many of them cost much much more. I know very little about Star Citizen, but I don’t think there’s any path for getting a $2000 ship through only gameplay. It would be hard to tell, since Star Citizen is at best still a tech demo.

Four: Prime Warframes aren’t super pay to win. As mentioned above, they can be earned exclusively through gameplay. And they are not usually *massively* better than the normal version (also obtainable through only gameplay if you wish.) I haven’t compared the stats, but I believe that Atlas Prime has about 25 more points of armor, and slightly larger base energy pool? Prime versions of weapons sometimes *are* a straight upgrade, but sometimes they are a weird side-grade instead. Such as the crossbow pistol that turns any enemy killed with a full power charged shot into a ghost pet that fights for you for about seven seconds.

Five: There is nothing in Warframe even slightly comparable to some of the stuff I’ve seen Star Citizen offer for sale. Such as (I believe) the chance to spend something like $1000 for the honor of spending a further $20,000 to get all the cash-only ships that have been offered?

Six: Prime Access (or buying Warframes or weapons from the in-game store) is less about “Pay to win” than “Pay to skip some part of the grind.” Other than the cosmetics exclusive to many of the bundles, someone who pays is no “more powerful” than someone who gets the parts as drops. At best, you get there a bit faster (and sometimes with an extra sword skin or cape.) Many people feel the cosmetics aren’t worth it, and the only thing they “lose” is the time they spend collecting the parts and constructing them.

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3dom

DE should introduce frames which look less like rusty cans with rotten meat and more like slick javelins in Anthem.

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sophiskiai

Besides the fact it would make about as much lore sense for Warframes to look like Javelins as it would for Javelins to look like Warframes, why would Warframe change a unique art style (which, while divisive, is widely popular among those who do like it – just look how much awesome fanart the game gets!) to copy another game’s look?

It’s a good thing when games have their own distinctive art and design style.

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micedicetwice

Lol, you already wrote this same comment at least once here. Warframe isn’t going to look like Anthem, deal with it already.

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EmberStar

3dom pops up in almost every Warframe thread to make a comment like this. I don’t really get it, but they seem to enjoy it. Personally if I burned out on a game that hard, I wouldn’t hang on every post about it waiting to pee on it. I’d be spending my time in the “much better” game that I keep telling everyone I enjoy playing more.

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TJ French

Can they just spin off a fantasy version already? Armor, magic, melee, ranged weapons. It’s already there. Giant beasts and dragons. Make Monster Hunter try harder. It’d be amazing.