There are a whole lot of new shiny things coming to Warframe in the near future with The Old Blood update. We’re talking a ravenous new ‘frame, a personal villain that spawns from a specific kill that opens up new foes for players to fight, and new tricks for the melee-minded Tenno.
The new ‘frame is Grendel, who is capable of devouring whole enemies to either consume for radial buffs or for use as projectiles as well as roll up into a ball to bowl through foes or leap down to an area to create a splash of damage. It’s easily one of the more unique additions to the game, which is saying something considering the variety of ‘frames already in-game.
The Old Blood will also add the Kuva Lich system, which effectively creates a “personal villain” for players. This Lich can be spawned when a Kuva-Spiked Grineer is defeated, which will then claim territory in the Origin System and spawn thralls. Players will need to take out these thralls to track down the Lich and deal the final killing blows themselves, even if they’re joined by fireteams.
This new update will also introduce another round of updates to melee combat, such as mid-air melee attacks, lifting and air juggling of foes, new heavy attacks, and a balance pass that includes melee weapon stats and mod rebalancing. This update will also bring back manual blocking and the melee-only attack state. The devs recently took a deep dive into these updates that’s worth a read.
Finally, The Old Blood will bring reworks to Vauban and Ember, new deluxe items for the Titania ‘frame, and (of course) a host of new weapons and items. The latest Warframe Devstream offered a closer look at all the major goodies coming with The Old Blood, as well as news that players who log in between the update’s launch and an undetermined date will receive Forma, boosters, and a Legendary Core to help respec their characters. That last item is reportedly a big deal; many players who have been in-game for a long time have never seen a Legendary Core drop at all.
The Old Blood is due to arrive to PC at some point this week and to consoles sometime afterwards. For now, make sure to check the links for further details and get a look at Grendel in action in the video below.