Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 10th, 2017
Viewers at home didn’t get to see and hear the initial reaction to the big Plains of Eidolon announcement — it was silence. Not silence because it wasn’t impressive but silence because the audience was surprised and in total disbelief; Game Director Steve Sinclair shared that this was the first content ever to not be leaked! Whispers of “No way,” “and “It couldn’t be,” bubbled up, and the tension and awe grew palpably as Live Operations and Community Producer Rebecca Ford maneuvered through the new relay Cetus while Sinclair narrated. But everyone heard when she opened that door to the Plains of Eidolon and walked through: The audience simply erupted in cheers.
The happy couple has six years of Warframe gameplay between them: four for him and two for her. Heninger admitted that the two had discussed marriage before, but the idea for popping the question at the convention was formed only three hours before it happened. Friend TKanimefreak (whom they just got playing a month ago, and look how he repays them!) then made the suggestion it be done on the stage, and with the help of Live Operations and Community Producer Rebecca Ford, the moment became a part of TennoCon history.
Can the new expansion really be that game-changing? Yes. I sat with devs as they played through a live demo earlier this afternoon, and what I saw really takes Warframe in a new direction. (I also really liked it!) Plains of Eidolon adds a whole new dimension of player freedom. It brings a more MMORPG feel into the game — makes it more of a real world. Instead of just taking missions and teleporting to small instances, players will have the chance to explore the Warframe universe in open landscapes and meet the races they’ve been protecting for the last four years. Game Director Steve Sinclair told me that while it isn’t an open world, this is a first step in that direction, incorporating elements such as NPCs, open adventure areas, and day/night cycles that influence the gameplay. Of course, the expansion will also include a new Warframe, new weapons, and plenty of new story. Read on for a preview and the brand-new trailer!
The stream kicks off below at 6 p.m. EDT. Enjoy!
“This five-issue series expands the Warframe universe with intriguing new characters and original locations, and offers an imaginative character-driven tone to Warframe players and comic book fans alike. The narrative hinges on the lone Warframe, Excalibur, who is determined to protect a blinded young girl, the last survivor of a recently destroyed village on Earth. Seasoned Tenno may even find hints to future game updates in the series not yet revealed in the Warframe universe.”
DE has promised a free exclusive copy of the first issue to all attendees of the game’s July TennoCon; SDCC and NYCC attendees can also pick one up at the Top Cow booth. Everybody else? You’ll be waiting until October for the formal launch.
“Digital Extremes aims to double last year’s charity donation of nearly $75,000 and is pledging a portion of the event’s ticket sales to a soon-to-be announced charity. […] Attendees will get a deeper look inside Warframe game creation during interactive panels hosted by various members of the development team along with a host of additional Warframe-themed activities and fun throughout the day. Added to the schedule this year is the Warframe Cosplay Contest which encourages the best of the community’s skilled cosplayers to showcase their Warframe creations at the show.”
Tickets went on sale this morning and run from $25 CAD (about $19 USD) all the way up to $1000 CAD (about $762 USD) if you had wanted ridiculous piles of swag, a meeting with the dev team, and a voiceover in the game. I say “had wanted” because the top two tiers (VIP and Legendary) apparently sold out within an hour of the site’s going live. Can’t make it to Canada? Expect info on the digital pass next month.