Warframe is running an experiment on PC to guide new players into crafting

    
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Being a new Warframe player can be an overwhelming experience, particularly in regard to the variety of systems and activities available to you once you’ve completed the first couple of missions. It would stand to reason, then, that the ability to craft things might go missed by many. It’s with that in mind that the devs at Digital Extremes have announced a little experiment on the PC version that’s trying to guide fresh Tenno through the game’s crafting systems.

In this experiment, new players of the game will have one of four different events happen to them when they complete the Vor’s Prize quest for the first time: They will either receive one of three different inbox messages with a blueprint for the Burston burst rifle and some/all/none of the crafting materials needed to build it, or they will not receive any inbox message at all as a control. The experiment will run for about four weeks on PC, with the devs closely monitoring which of these four options leads to a better introduction to crafting and an overall better new player experience.

This experiment appears to be one of the first steps the devs are looking to take in order to improve its onboarding. “When it comes to reviewing our New Player Experience, there’s a lot of clear work to be done in terms of directing players to key story progression,” the post admits. “However, when it comes to systems progression, we want to run some proper tests on what the true best way to teach a player the value of Crafting and Resources is.”

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Leo
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Leo

That is an interesting experiment, there are a lot of systems to get into in Warframe

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Danny Smith

At like 25% of their peak numbers and people finally getting the idea that Second Dream was six years ago and a fluke so you can’t expect that kind of content again, just islands of fresh slate grinds and fights that can only nerf you because the frames are all broken it feels like DE is desperate for something to increase new user retention rates as the former free to play darling has severely declined in the last 2 years and its currently pretty directionless and impenetrable for your average consumer giving it a random shot.

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EmberStar

Breathe. I’m pretty sure that could have been three or four sentences, instead of just one.

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Jetra_Virsai

Shame I’m too far into the game to give it a go. Played it for a bit and gave it up.

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Zuldar

Warframe crafting:

1% gathering resources, 99% waiting.

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Bereman99

That actually reminds me, I got the stuff for the Oberon frame and set it to craft…

That may have been about two weeks ago.

Oops. Waiting indeed, heh.