TennoCon 2021: Waframe introduces cross-platform play, shows off mobile

    
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For five TennoCons, Warframe players have asked about cross-platform play. They want it. They need it. Well, it turns out the sixth time’s the charm! The first big reveal during TennoCon 2021’s TennoLive Broadcast was a double whammy, showing off not only a live demonstration of Warframe on mobile but also cross-platform play.

So which platforms will be cross play compatible? Back at the announcement of the game’s release on Switch at TennoCon 2018, Creative Director Steve Sinclair told us that while it wouldn’t be easy (or possible) for all platforms, he was very interested making it so players could seamlessly move between play on the PC and the Switch. Sometimes it’s good to be wrong: It turns out that after much work, cross-platform play works across all platforms! Players can join up with friends and enter matchmaking no matter which platform they use. And progress is saved across all platforms, so players can leap between the PC, consoles, and Switch (and soon, mobile!). Additionally, all future updates — including the upcoming The New War launch — will be released simultaneously for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

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Kevin Smith

They revealed some great stuff. The cross play will be great. I do wonder though about connections on some of the console matching up with the PC’s. Already have some host that have issues here or there.

The tennocon relays themselves for PC at least were a mess. At first after finally getting in, I was on a tennocon relay with a ton of people then they all got booted one by one. I ended up getting booted also, then came back to a relay with about 6 people total in it. I don’t know anyone who actually got into a working relay(streaming ones) during the actual time we were suppose to. I sat in one that did nothing when they started streaming the actual relay stuff. Still waiting for the drops on my account. I claimed them successfully, but figure it will take a while since they had around 450k people watching the stream on twitch just to get the Loki Prime.

Overall the tennocons are always a mess but they usually have some good stuff to put out. Buying the tennocon pack for instance netted you the ability to get all of baros stuff for the rest of the week if you had grinded out prime stuff to sell.

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EmberStar

I have concerns about the Cross-play. Mostly related to how Digital Extremes handles patches and balancing. For years, they’re basically used the PC version as the “beta” branch, because they can push out as many hotfixes as needed as fast as they get them ready. Then, after weeks/month/months of those, they’ll compile all the updates and balance changes into a bigger “stable” patch for the consoles.

It feels like they’ll no longer be able to do that, resulting in slower hotfixes (but almost certainly not in less bugs) and longer stretches where new Warframes or even mechanics are buggy, unbalanced, or even just flat out broken. Especially if *every* platform is limited to the dev cycle of the slowest. Which is (no offense intended) the Swtich, which often lags behind even the other consoles for fixes and updates.

Cross-Save seems like a good thing, as long as they have a way to handle things like the Founders Packs or other “platform exclusive” items. I think I will be very unhappy if I lose Excalibur Prime or any of the fairly large number of Tennogen items that aren’t available in the console versions – having my collection gutted “for fairness” was a big part of why I soured so quickly on the Switch version.

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Dug From The Earth

Im a big supporter of cross platform play. Glad the industry is moving more and more towards this. Big thumbs up here.

The over all reveal was interesting, to say the least. No massive gameplay additions though, not like rail jack, or even getting a whole new open world to explore.

I love me some storyline though, but in this case im not super excited. Why? Mostly because of how Warframe implements story. Unlike other story based online games, Warframe still requires you to start from chapter 1 (from years ago) and work your way all the way to the newer content. There is no “Fast tracking” things to get you up to speed and ability to do the newer, better built, better functioning, often more interesting content/story.

A lot of Warframes older chapters involves some pretty annoying and nearly roadblocking elements. From grinding, to actual content that sometimes feels like you might not be able to complete it solo (but yet can only do it solo). Especially some of the content involving the story archs involving the moon. Those damn puzzles almost made me quit the game.

I still have several chapters to work through myself, and while interested in what happens in the story (warframes lore is hella crazy), im almost intimidated to jump back in to try and complete it because I know some of it wont be a very relaxing, or even possibly enjoyable, experience.

But if I dont, then much of this new content wont be playable, or make a whole lot of sense (because of how deep and detailed the lore is.)

What I really wish they would do is a complete revisit/revamp of all the story arch missions, the requirements to complete them, and maybe even add a difficulty selector to the missions themselves.

Some of us just want to enjoy the story, with out slamming into another parkour wall, puzzle conundrum, crafting time gate, or RNG grind fest.

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Vanquesse V

while a lot of the less important missions can be skipped I agree that most of them could benefit from toning down the grinds

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EmberStar

They have toned it down… a tiny bit. They recently changed the Limbo (and possibly Mirage?) quests so that getting the component blueprint advances to the next mission, rather than actually crafting the part. Which removes a 12 hour “pay up or shut up” timegate from each mission, where before you *had* to craft the part and wait out the timer or pay to skip it.

I’d need to look, but I think there’s only a handful of missions that can be fully skipped for new players. For the simple reason that the Junction gates that allow you to leave each planet frequently *require* you to have done some or all of the quests available on that planet. “Did you know you can do a story mission to get a free Warframe here? You do now, because the exit is locked until you go do that.”

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Vanquesse V

You’re right. I forgot about junctions. Due to having a very old account I had an entry point into almost every planet when junctions got added even when I probably shouldn’t have had (my account had no business being on Pluto for instance).

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EmberStar

I’d offer to help, if there was any chance of being in the same Region and platform and timezone. :( (PC, North America, and same in-game name as here, if it matters.)

If it matters, there’s a couple of Warframes you can unlock that can help with a lot of the missions. Rhino and Inaros and Wukong are all really good at the “just don’t die” aspect. A lot of the NPCs can’t deal with invisible Warframes at all, so Ivara and Loki can help with some of that. They both also have mobility powers that can bypass some of the stupid jumping puzzles as well. Not much can fix the nonsense on the Moon though, those “puzzle” areas are just awful.

A lot of those missions are like the “Mastery Rank tests.” In that, if you play them “as intended” with whatever Warframe you have equipped, they’re going to be crazy hard. *Unless* you have a huge collection of stuff and can work out which Warframe / weapon combo completely trivializes the “challenge.” Such as the “stealth” Master test, which is super, super hard for some people… unless you equip Ivara and a max range Enemy Sense mod so that you can just turn invisible and see what direction enemies are facing. Then it’s just a question of sneaking up behind enemies with a knife when they’re somewhere that the other NPCs won’t spot the body before it evaporates. Stab stab stab all done. o.O

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Leo

The did completely redo the opening chapter of the game. Only saw a brief bit of it but the whole thing looked so much better for new players. So there is hope of them reworking some others. I hardly even remember early quests because they can be so dry and lacking in story.

The game started out as more of a shoot shoot bang bang with friends thing that they never seemed to have expected to grow like it did, but at least they are willing to rework things, even if they can take quite a long time.

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Leo

That tennocon presentation, that was taking things to the next level.

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Greaterdivinity

It’s wild to see what the game is now compared to its origins. Cross play/save is rad, everyone gets updates at the same time, and a new update. I’m curious to see how they’ll adapt the game for mobile and what it’ll look like. Kinda crazy impressive that they’re functionally aiming to do what I think only Fortnite has done before it (cross-play/save across all consoles, pc, and mobile).

This is good shit. And then I think back to the story about how a random guy walked into their offices and sat through a full day of meetings and have myself a chuckle. Because that will always be funny.

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Jo Watt

Yea I enjoy jumping into Warframe ever so often but with it finally being cross save I might actually play it while being able to relax and keep up with the game.

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Dankey Kang

And then I think back to the story about how a random guy walked into their offices and sat through a full day of meetings and have myself a chuckle. Because that will always be funny.

Was it Cosmo Kramer by chance?