Warframe’s Fanfest TennoCon 2021 is officially over and will conclude with a reveal of the next major expansion. It was a full day event with lots of information, but if you couldn’t see the whole thing, here are some of the show’s biggest, coolest moments.
The New War is the big expansion coming to Warframe later this year. It’s a “cinematic quest” – Warframe language for their big story quests that have a strong impact on the cutscenes – and the biggest that Digital Extremes has ever done. The New War marks a new era for Warframe as the evil Sentients from across the solar system finally arrive on earth to destroy all life in the original system.
Unlike previous expansions, The New War is not a new open world zone or an update that introduces complicated systems of progression. Instead, it’s a linear narrative mission that guides players through the Sentient invasion from multiple perspectives. That’s right: during what appears to be a large chunk of The New War quest, you play as people other than your Tenno.
Switching between multiple characters is rad
The great feature of The New War quest is the way it switches between different perspectives when the Sentients invasion begins. During a 30-minute extended gameplay demo, Digital Extremes played through the beginning of the quest and gave us a glimpse into how this new system works.
These transitions between characters seem scripted, but they do a wonderful job of conveying just how massive the New War is. Early on, players take control of a Grineer soldier stranded on the plains of Eidolon while Sentient war machines slaughter his comrades and razes the nearby settlement of Cetus. Soon we will be transported to a Corpus battleship in orbit above the earth, while a Corpus engineer fends off Sentients by taking command of various combat robots. Eventually, players take control of Teshin, a large NPC from previous quests who enriches his sword with various elements to fight Sentients aboard one of their own ships.
What I do notice, however, is how much Digital Extremes has improved the quality of the cinematic. Cutscenes and fights flow seamlessly into one another and the large set pieces all look really spectacular.
To cheer! Warframe is officially getting cross-save and crossplay, which means that players can play with whoever they want regardless of the console – and our accounts are no longer tied to one platform. This is for sure my favorite announcement of the show as I can now play Warframe on my Switch in bed (or on my TV) instead of always being stuck at my PC.
Starting with The New War, Digital Extremes will also roll out major updates simultaneously on all platforms so that everyone can play new patches together instead of console players having to wait a few days.
One of the show’s biggest surprise announcements is that one day Warframe will be playable on your phone. According to Digital Extremes, hard work is being done on a mobile version that players can use to log in and play from anywhere, and they even showed it in action. At first glance, it looks a lot like the Switch version of Warframe, which runs at 30fps with many graphics options turned off (but is still very playable). While I can’t imagine the touchscreen controls feel that comfortable, it’s great if you want to log in and turn off some non-combat activities like selling items in a squadron or decorating your clan dojo.
New warframes, armor and weapons are here
Prior to the eye-catching reveal of The New War, Digital Extremes hosted several panels with artists and developers on other exciting features coming to the game later this year. For example, during the Art Panel we took a look at Nidus Prime, the new Prime variant of the Warframe. It’s not clear when Nidus Prime will be available (most likely before the end of the year).
We also looked at a rough concept of an entirely new Warframe, made in part using Sentient technology. Digital Extremes also unveiled a new Sentient Bow and Sentient Cosmetic Armor that “grows” when players complete an unspecified objective.
Nidus Prime Transformation
New Warframe weapon
That mainly covers the biggest TennoCon 2021 reveals. You can read a fuller coverage of it Crossplay and mobile version here, or drop by our summary from The New War Gameplay Reveal. If you want a complete view of everything that is presented during the day, users can go to the Warframe subreddit have rounded up all concept art and other minor announcements.