Warframe

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Warframe
Warframe Cover Art.png
Storefront artwork, featuring four of the game's various playable Warframes, including Excalibur, Ember, Loki and Rhino respectively from left to right
Developer(s)Digital Extremes
Publisher(s)Digital Extremes
Director(s)Steve Sinclair
Scott McGregor
Producer(s)Dave Kudirka
Pat Kudirka
Designer(s)Ben Edney
Mitch Gladney
Joey Adey
Jonathan Gogul
Programmer(s)James Silvia-Rogers
Glen Miner
Artist(s)Michael Brennan
Ron Davey
Mat Tremblay
Geoff Crookes
Writer(s)Cam Rogers
Composer(s)Keith Power
George Spanos
EngineEvolution
Platform(s)
  • Microsoft Windows
  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PlayStation 5
  • Xbox Series X/S
Release
  • Microsoft Windows
  • March 25, 2013
  • PlayStation 4
    • NA: November 15, 2013
    • PAL: November 29, 2013
    Xbox One
  • September 2, 2014
  • Nintendo Switch
  • November 20, 2018
  • PlayStation 5
  • November 26, 2020
  • Xbox Series X/S
  • April 14, 2021
Genre(s)Action role-playing, third-person shooter
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Warframe is a free-to-play action role-playing third-person shooter multiplayer online game developed and published by Digital Extremes. First released for Windows personal computers in March 2013, it was later ported to PlayStation 4 in November 2013, Xbox One in September 2014, Nintendo Switch in November 2018, PlayStation 5 in November 2020, and Xbox Series X/S in April 2021. Support for cross-platform play and cross-save, as well as ports to mobile devices, are planned for 2022. The game is in a long-term state of open beta.

In Warframe, players control members of the Tenno, a race of ancient warriors who have awoken from centuries of suspended animation far into Earth's future to find themselves at war in the planetary system with different factions. The Tenno use their powered Warframes along with a variety of weapons and abilities to complete missions. While many of the game's missions use procedurally-generated levels, newer updates have included large open world areas similar to other massively multiplayer online games as well as some story-specific missions with fixed level design. The game includes elements of shooting and melee games, parkour, and role-playing to allow players to advance their Tenno with improved gear. The game includes both player versus environment and player versus player elements. It is supported by microtransactions, which lets players purchase in-game items using real money, but also offers the option to earn them at no cost through grinding.

The concept for Warframe originated in 2000, when Digital Extremes began work on a new game titled Dark Sector. At the time, the company had been successful in supporting other developers and publishers, and wanted to develop their own game in-house. Dark Sector suffered several delays and was eventually released in 2008, having used some of the initial framework but far different from the original plan. By 2012, in the wake of the success of free-to-play games, the developers took their earlier Dark Sector ideas and art assets and incorporated them into a new project, their self-published Warframe.

Initially, the growth of Warframe was slow, hindered by moderate critical reviews and low player counts. Since its release, the game has experienced positive growth. The game is one of Digital Extremes' most successful titles, seeing nearly 50 million registered players by 2019.

History in The WIDEVERSE

Warframe as one of the very first games the newly refounded COMMUNISM, at the time comprising only Shelarahn and Prude, began playing. The game was in its very early stages, only have 2 or 3 tilesets and none of the current features. The remained a mainstay through the COMMUNISM Revival Era