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The secret to Warframe's ship-to-ship space combat is that the ship doesn't actually moveJul 11, 2019 - PC GamerMath is hard, but Space Math is even harder. If you can imagine all the complex physics calculations that go into moving a videogame character around a 3D space, think about how much harder it would be if that level was also moving around a 3D space. That's the conundrum Digital Extremes was facing when it first conceived of ship-to-ship space combat almost ten years ago—a problem it finally managed to solve in Warframe's upcoming Empyrean update. If you missed out on all the big Warframe news from its annual Tennocon convention last weekend, the gist is that Warframe is getting an expansion where you can build spaceships and fly them with three of your friends. At any time, you can leave your ship to board enemy ships or explore ruins floating in space. It all looks really ambitious and exciting. But the physics calculations necessary to have ships that players can walk around in that are also pitching and yawing through 3D space are extremely complex and demanding. That's why, as detailed in our extensive interview with game director Steve Sinclair, Digital Extremes originally abandoned the idea when it was first prototyping Warframe over a decade ago. But as Sinclair explains, that fantasy of space ninjas piloting spaceships stuck with him and he was eventually able to solve the problem using some clever tricks. You should watch the Empyrean demo above so you have a reference for what I'm about to explain. As you can see in the demo, the player takes control of the ship and flies around space and it all looks just like it does in any other space game like Star Citizen or No Man's Sky. But here's the trick: The ship isn't actually moving. Instead, Digital Extremes is using an ancient rendering technique called 'portal rendering' which works almost exactly like it does in the puzzle game Portal. Essentially, you create a portal or a window that is attached to somewhere else in 3D space, and when you look through it you see from a different perspective. The cockpit of Warframe's spaceship is actually one big portal into an entirely separate map. "You just connect the player controls to where that portal is," Sinclair said in our interview. "For Empyrean, there's a big 32 kilometer-squared space where all the space combat is happening and you're pitching around and it feels like you might vomit, but there's a little level and that's your actual spaceship. You have a solid, reliable physics system driving what appears to be this six degrees of freedom experience over here ." The trick is apparently so clever, even some of Digital Extremes' own programmers were confused by it. "The idea was so sound that last week—last friggin' week—one of the graphics engineers, who is a way better programmer than me, said 'I think this is a problem because the level is rotating too fast.'" Sinclair told me. "And I'm...15 years later, Warframe is finally close to realizing its original visionJul 11, 2019 - PC GamerWhen Digital Extremes first revealed Warframe's Empyrean update last year, it was a transformative moment for the free-to-play game and its community. At the end of a live tour of its second open world area, the on-stage team of developers surprised everyone with a second demo of the then-unannounced update that would let players build spaceships, explore, and fight in space. I don't think I can fully convey the wave of confusion and excitement that gripped the live audience in that moment. For six years, players had been stuck exploring procedurally generated corridors and a few open world zones, but then a squad of Tenno boarded a Railjack spaceship, flew to low orbit above Venus, and battled a Corpus capital ship. It was an audacious spectacle that had the audience screaming and cheering. But for the developers at Digital Extremes like game director Steve Sinclair, the quest to create Empyrean goes back decades. It's a story woven into Digital Extremes' own brushes with financial disaster and Sinclair's obsession with realizing a cool fantasy wrapped up in a challenging game design conundrum. "I just can't let it go," Sinclair laughs. "I have a problem." Clipped wings  It would be cool if we could go into space, but we have no time. Execute on what we know we can execute on. Steve Sinclair, game director At Tennocon 2019 last weekend, Digital Extremes gave players their second taste of space combat in Empyrean with a 30-minute live demo. In lieu of a shocking twist like with its initial reveal, Sinclair and his team opted to give players a granular look at how piloting the ship works while still surprising them with fun features like the ability to steal enemy ships or call in a second squad from somewhere else in the solar system for ground support. You can read about Empyrean in my preview , but the gist is that it's Warframe meets indie roguelike FTL. With four friends, you pilot a spaceship through stretches of open space, manning battlestations and dividing your limited energy pool between different offensive and defensive modules as the situation demands. But the comparison ends there because players can also disembark from the Railjack in their Archwing flightsuits and zip around, invading enemy ships or exploring derelict ruins floating in space.  It's a mode that Sinclair doesn't like to call an expansion, since it doesn't expand so much as it glues all of Warframe's disparate features together into one cohesive whole. It also brings Warframe closer than ever to the original game idea that nearly ruined Digital Extremes in the early 2000s. Before Warframe was released, Digital Extremes had made a name for itself developing Unreal Tournament. That success inspired its team to make a game of their own, an ambitious sci-fi MMO called Dark Sector—a vastly different game than the Dark Sector that Digital Extremes released back in 2008.  &quo...Prime Vault Opening July 16Jul 11, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsThe Prime Vault has opened once more and Orokin treasures are yours for the taking Tenno! Get instant access to the previously unavailable Prime Warframes Nyx Prime and Rhino Prime, as well as their signature Prime Weapons, Accessories, and more! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/4437469/c25b42de3affd18927780deafe9875f06e6795f7.jpg NYX AND RHINO DUAL PRIME PACK FEATURES: 1200 Platinum Rhino Prime Nyx Prime Ankyros Prime Boltor Prime Hikou Prime Scindo Prime Noru Prime Syandana Distilling Extractor Prime and Blueprint Targis Prime Armor Set Vala Sugatra Prime Prime Glyphs {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/4437469/33a210636affebd6119c326c4e6b74aa163f9558.jpg NYX PRIME PACK FEATURES: 400 Platinum Nyx Prime Hikou Prime Scindo Prime Targis Prime Armor Set Vala Sugatra Prime Prime Glyphs {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/4437469/d955985b41ce131257aa8df3eebb130c3e4bd5d8.jpg RHINO PRIME PACK FEATURES: 400 Platinum Rhino Prime Ankyros Prime Boltor Prime Noru Prime Syandana Distilling Extractor Prime and Blueprint Prime Glyphs {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/4437469/13bb5f77671bfe94e569ed2b96bf78908c072246.jpg NYX PRIME ACCESSORY PACK FEATURES: 200 Platinum Targis Prime Armor Set Vala Sugatra Prime {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/4437469/025640e17c598e291fa33b7703f216691853aab9.png RHINO PRIME ACCESSORY FEATURES: 200 Platinum Noru Prime Syandana Distilling Extractor Prime and Blueprint Warframe: Empyrean Full Reveal Jul 11, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsCatch up on TennoLive’s signature reveal, plus The New War, Duviri and more! WARFRAME: EMPYREAN Enlist a four-player crew to hijack, scavenge and sabotage across the Origin System. Contact ground teams for support, steal enemy ships, explore ancient ruins, assassinate kingpins and get rewarded for your missions into deep space. Siege and Steal Enemy Ships: Infiltrate opponent ships using Archwings, kill the captain and take the helm of their ship! It’s time to become a swashbuckling space ninja, Tenno. Dynamic Situations: During your missions, you’ll need to take into account additional hazards to complete your mission successfully. The TennoLive demo showed off Void Storms that can disable equipment, boarding parties that can breach your Railjack and an Infested ambush deep within an ancient Orokin ruin. Signal the Squad Link: Transcend beyond your solo objective and tap into a larger mission by reaching out to other squads of Tenno using the Squad Link. In multi-objective missions from space, players can call up active players on Orb Vallis or Plains of Eidolon (or vice versa) to help the bigger cause -- lower enemy ship shields, steal valuable data, and more, as the New War looms. Customize and Upgrade Everything: The Drydock is your Railjack’s personal space hangar. Upgrade your battleship’s Equipment, Cosmetic, and Reinforcements with weapons such as the Auto-Cannon, Pulse Laser, Homing Missile Launcher, EMP Stun weapons, and Decoy Countermeasures. Boost your Shields, Engine, Hull and Stealth using resources found during your voyages. Beautify it all by customizing aesthetics from primary, secondary and tertiary colors and accents. And of course, christen your ship with a custom name emblazoned on the Railjack’s hull. Kingpin System: Enemies have started to adapt to Tenno lethality, and from it, kingpins will emerge. More information coming soon. WIN* A TRIP TO SPACE Become the first real Space Ninja. Play now to win $250,000 towards a trip to space! Read the full rules and regulations here. WARFRAME’S NEW INTRO Directed by Dan Trachtenberg (Uncharted, Black Mirror, 10 Cloverfield Lane), watch the new introduction to Warframe! THE DUVIRI PARADOX It’s time to grow up, Tenno. Warframe’s next open world is now in development. THE NEW WAR When the Sentients attack, we must rise together. Or lose everything. The New War, Warframe’s next cinematic quest, is coming Holiday 2019. NIGHTWAVE: SERIES 2 OUT NOW Nightwave: Series 2 is out now on all platforms! Meet the Emissary and earn an epic suite of Warframe rewards, including: Emissary Operator Collection (Tier 30) Chitoid Sentinel Bundle (Tier 29) Protosomid Shoulder Guard (Tier 28) Umbra Forma (Tier 26) Spore Ephemera (Tier 19) Learn more here. WUKONG PRIME ACCESS AVAILABLE NOW Wukong Prime Access ...The 5 most exciting Warframe announcements from TennoconJul 9, 2019 - PC GamerWarframe's annual Tennocon conference was this weekend, and despite being about only one game it still somehow managed to pack in enough announcements and reveals to rival an E3 press conference. Not only are there new quests, warframes, and open world zones to frolic around in, but Warframe is also getting an entirely revamped new player experience as well as ship-to-ship combat that looks extremely fun. The Tennolive mainstage presentation is worth watching (it's embedded above), but if you can't spare the time here's a quick rundown of all the major updates that are coming to Warframe over the next year. Warframe's ship-to-ship combat looks incredible Who could've imagined that spaceship combat would be the next frontier for Warframe? When it was first revealed last year, the Empyrean update surprised everyone but didn't offer much in the way of concrete information. During Tennocon 2019, Digital Extremes played Empyrean live on stage for 30 minutes—giving an intimate look at just how this update is going to work and fit into Warframe's already complex ecosystem of looting and shooting. If there's one thing you should watch from Tennocon, it's this demo. There were so many cool details packed into it. Using your clan dojo (think guild housing), you can build spaceships known as Railjacks that are, like everything in Warframe, modular and customizable. Using the Railjack, you can explore regions of space around the solar system and harvest materials that will, in turn, power up the Railjack's various abilities. The Railjack can house up to four players and a handful of recruitable NPCs who must man various battlestations to pilot and defend it from enemy threats in space. Players can also exit the Railjack to explore nearby ruins or invade enemy ships to sabotage them from the inside or even steal them. During Railjack missions, special 'SquadLink' objectives let you call on your friends who might be somewhere else in the solar system to complete secondary objectives which will, in turn, affect your mission. Oh, and there's also a Shadow of Mordor-like Nemesis system where players are hunted by a Kuva Lich that grows stronger and mutates each time you kill it. It's a lot to take in, so read my preview to get more information. Warframe's tutorial is getting revamped with a new prologue video One cool surprise out of Tennocon is that it's getting a revamped tutorial that better reflects how dramatically Warframe has changed since it launched six years ago. The director of 10 Cloverfield Lane (and the upcoming Uncharted movie), Dan Trachtenberg, joined forces with Digital Extremes to make a badass new intro video. The special effects are gorgeous, but the video also serves to introduce players to the three starting warframes so they can better decide which one suits their playstyle. As for the reworked tutorial itself, we don't know much other than it ...Warframe developer on avoiding crunch: "it's not a sprint, it's a marathon"Jul 9, 2019 - EurogamerWarframe has a seriously impressive update schedule. In the past year alone, Digital Extremes has put out an enormous open world expansion (and updated it), several remasters, a new limited-time event and, of course, new Warframes: all while simultaneously working on at least two upcoming expansions and a multitude of other projects. It's an extraordinary output, particularly for a six-year-old game - and this continuous maintenance has almost certainly played a role in turning the title into a Steam powerhouse. But in light of recent reports covering unpaid overtime in the games industry - and perhaps in awe of the work done by Digital Extremes - players have raised concerns about Warframe's development, with one popular poster urging devs not to crunch earning nearly 6k upvotes on Reddit in November. At this year's TennoCon, I sat down with Digital Extremes chief operating officer Sheldon Carter to discuss the ongoing development of Warframe's Empyrean expansion (and all its newly-revealed features), along with topics such as how the studio is avoiding crunch, Digital Extremes' future plans, and whether there will ever be a Warframe 2. Read more Tennocon 2019 Sets a New All-Time Peak Record for Warframe’s Viewers on TwitchJul 8, 2019 - GitHypAfter Warframe’s second-annual Tennocon event only peaked with 17k live viewers on Twitch in 2017, last year, the team at Digital Extremes and Community Manager, Rebb Ford (aka Space Mom), figured out the secret to gaining viewers on Twitch using “the power of free shit.” Pairing new content reveals with free in-game rewards, 2018’s Tennocon saw 25 times the number of live viewers on Twitch with an impressive peak of 414k concurrent viewers. And this year, DE proved that last year was no fluke and once again set a new all-time peak for Warframe on Twitch with 417k live viewers tuning in to see what’s next for the popular free-to-play game and pickup free in-game content. In addition to a slick new intro cinematic from Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane, Portal’s No Escape fan film), at this year's event, the devs also revealed two new Warframe suits and more gameplay for their upcoming free Empyrean expansion -- which they described as “Space GTA” with “Star Wars Battle of Endor moments.” But of course, what most tuned in for (as indicated by the spam of “!nekrosprime” text in chat) was the free Nekros Prime in-game Warframe suit that unlocked for viewers who watched for at least 30 consecutive minutes. Pulling in close to a half million viewers is certainly an impressive stat for a loot shooter on Twitch. Despite Warframe still remaining in Steam’s top 10 most played games today with over 100k players at times, the loot-grinding genre isn’t anywhere near as popular on Twitch with games like Warframe, Destiny 2, and Borderlands 2 usually averaging only a few thousands concurrent viewers each day. By maintaining a great relationship with their fans and hosting weekly Devstreams on Twitch, Digital Extremes has been one of the best developers at utilizing the popular streaming site to engage with their current player base and increase awareness of their game for potential new players. Considering that Warframe is also usually cited by gamers as one of the best free-to-play games, it’s no wonder that their team has figured out how to give away even more free content to keep players and viewers coming back for more every year.Warframe: all the news and trailers from TennoCon 2019Jul 8, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun This weekend was TennoCon, the annual Warframe fan event, and as is tradition Digital Extremes showed swathes of new updates coming to their free-to-play space ninja game. Matthew was there and has already written his impressions of Warframe Empyrean, which is adding spaceship combat to the game, but there were other announcements, reveals and releases. Those include: a new Warframe Prime release, a trailer for the second season of the game’s free Battle Pass equivalent called Nightwave, a cinematic trailer from the director of 10 Cloverfield Lane, and some other things. All the trailers are below, and I’ll try to explain what those proper nouns mean. (more…) Warframe's Empyrean update is Star Wars meets Shadow of MordorJul 6, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunIt s not a fucking expansion. On this Steve Sinclair, creative director on Warframe, is clear. He s talking to us a few hours before the formal reveal of the it in question: Empyrean, the Warframe add-on formally known as Railjack that is adding spaceships, throwing them together in huge space battles and using them to explore previously unseen corners of the Origin System. So if not an expansion – and Empyrean expands Warframe, no doubt about it – what is it? Sinclair thinks of it as a connection : the means of tying together locations and missions. On a less poetic level, it s also about what happens when a Tenno (your hero) connects with a giant space slingshot. Spoilers: you should get out the Tenno s way. (more…) Warframe's Empyrean expansion promises Star Wars-style co-op missionsJul 6, 2019 - EurogamerIt's been a whole year since Digital Extremes first announced its space combat project Railjack at TennoCon 2018. While the expansion's release date remains elusive (and the name has changed to Empyrean), thanks to today's TennoCon presentation, we now know a few more details about the expansion's gameplay. This includes a mission which feels like it's straight out of Star Wars, albeit with fewer Ewoks. Oh, and there's also new story trailers, a cinematic opening and a teaser for the upcoming Duviri Paradox open-world expansion. Phew. During a live demo, Digital Extremes showed off Empyrean's squad link feature, which will allow separate squads to connect their objectives. When one team got in trouble after a disruptor beam hits their Railjack, they called for help from a friendly ground crew, who took a pause from fishing to take out the enemy base. Digital Extremes described this to press as its very own "recreation of the Battle of Endor", which is frankly all I need to know. Read more Nightwave: Series 2 Prime Access Available Now! Jul 6, 2019 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/4437469/8f9ac917434761cd5b7fa906e44c286775cd5899.jpg Within our darkest recesses, there lives a beacon of hope. Some call him a gift. Others a miracle. He emerged from that vile plague of horrors not just unsullied, but immaculate. In his blood, he bears the power to heal the sick, to revive the fallen, to cure the Grineer of their rot and disease. This is his story. Nightwave: Series 2 - The Emissary Nora Night’s next broadcast follows the remarkable tale of Arlo. As the story unfolds, you’ll learn more about Arlo and his mission to soothe our deepest wounds. Earn New Rewards -- An Infested Display of Power Series 2 brings a brand-new set of Infested-themed rewards to earn! Rise through all 30 Tiers to unlock these limited-time rewards before the Series is over. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/4437469/850afb03de598ec05762a27a9d5aee107c0169d7.png Log in and earn unique rewards like: Emissary Operator Collection (Tier 30): Become like Arlo's devoted with this Operator cosmetics collection. Chitoid Sentinel Bundle (Tier 29): Give any Sentinel a flair of Infestation with this pack. Protosomid Shoulder Guard (Tier 28): Loathsome tendrils squirm from these hefty shoulder guards. Umbra Forma (Tier 26): Apply the Umbra polarity to any Warframe or Weapon. Spore Ephemera (Tier 19): Leave a trail of filth with every footstep. And so much more! Cred Offerings Earn Emissary Creds throughout Series 2 to spend on Nora's Offerings. After you reach Tier 30, prestige back through the Series to earn even more Creds to spend at her shop! Visit the Nightwave Cred Offerings to acquire the Rewards you want the most, including Nitain Extract, Weapon and Helmet Blueprints, Catalysts, Reactors and rare Aura Mods. Missed out on hunting the Wolf in Series 1? Purchase a Wolf Beacon from Nora with your Emissary Creds! Creds must be redeemed before the Series is over or sold for credits, so use them before the frequency is lost. Nightwave Series 2 Changes Based on your feedback, Nightwave Series 2 introduces a suite of changes to reduce the time and tension of earning rewards. Playing Catch-Up! - We added a way for you to play missed acts from previous weeks, incase you have missed them! De-grindification! - Less Weekly and Elite Weekly acts, but still giving the same amount of Standing as you would get from Series 1! In addition, we are looking to front-load Emissary Creds as an earlier reward for participating in the Series! Act Changes! - We have lowered the Time and Wave requirements for some Endless Mission Acts, as well as lowering the cost of Ayatan Statues (this was implemented during Series 1). In addition, we have also removed the ‘with friends’ requirements from all of our Nightwave Acts! New Acts! - Including the most important one... petting your Kubrow or Kavat. We also included some Acts for Kuva missions, Transmuting Mods and K-Drive Races! Read the Nightwave Dev Workshop to learn more! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/4437469/2c7e37914284...Warframe s space flight update lets you steal enemy ships and call on other players for ground supportJul 6, 2019 - PC GamerWhen Warframe's developers first revealed the Empyrean update during its annual Tennocon convention last year, it felt like Warframe was evolving. No longer were Warframe players stuck running across procedurally generated hallways or open-world zones like Fortuna—now they’d be free to customize and pilot spaceships in co-op battles inspired by indie roguelike FTL, where each member of your squad can man different stations on the ship or infiltrate the enemy ship and sabotage it from the inside. It was ambitious—seeming almost too ambitious—but at Tennocon 2019, which just wrapped up, Digital Extremes unveiled an extended live demo of the new update. And, uh, it's even more ambitious now. Apparently piloting your own spaceship with your friends isn't good enough for Digital Extremes. You can now infiltrate an enemy ship, kill its captain, and then steal it for yourself (though you won't be able to keep it for good). That's just one of the new features Digital Extremes showed as it played through Empyrean in front of a live audience at Tennocon. As a Warframe fan, it's exciting to see how ambitious and transformative Empyrean is. The video above shows the entire demo and is worth watching because, as a Warframe fan, it's exciting to see how ambitious and transformative Empyrean is. There's too much to cover in just one article alone. Unlike Warframe's previous updates like The Plains of Eidolon or Fortuna, which game director Steve Sinclair describes as "islands", Empyrean isn't just another new area of Warframe with progression and rewards isolated from everything else. Instead, Empyrean is meant to be the glue that binds all of Warframe together as one cohesive world. Using your Railjack spaceship, you can visit different locations in space, many of which are located in orbit around the same planets where players take on normal missions. This core concept of Empyrean hasn't changed much since last year: You're still piloting a spaceship with your squad, working together to fight enemy fleets. Like FTL, the Railjack only has so much energy that can be diverted to different systems like shields, weaponry, or engines. And each member of the team will need to work together to divert this resource as needed. During combat, players can also exit the ship via their Archwing flyer and fly around space independently. This also lets players explore wrecked space stations and ships whose interiors resemble traditional Warframe levels. What I love is how much flexibility every player has at a given moment. During one scene, a Digital Extremes developer infiltrated a derelict space station and was ambushed by Infested. Instead of watching helplessly, the pilot of the Railjack was able to divert energy to a powerful cannon with a targeting radar that displayed the station map along with friendly and enemy locations. Using this cannon, they could provide artillery supp...Warframe is getting a third open-world zone and it looks trippyJul 6, 2019 - PC GamerFor the past two years, Warframe has been adding open-world zones that are a big departure from its usual claustrophobic corridor run-n-gun combat. Today, during Digital Extremes' annual Tennocon convention, the developers revealed the new zone coming to Warframe at a later date—and it looks like nothing I've ever seen in Warframe. Called the Duviri Paradox, this surreal landscape introduces a new enemy faction and ages your Operators (if you don't know what that word means it's something I won't spoil) forward to adulthood. More than that, we don't know. But watch the trailer above to get a better idea for how bizarre the Duviri Paradox promises to be. We have loads more info coming out of Tennocon 2019, so stay tuned. Win a trip to actual space by playing a lot of WarframeJul 6, 2019 - PC GamerOf all of the ways to find yourself on a spaceship, playing a lot of Warframe might be the cheapest. At Tennocon 2019, developer Digital Extremes announced a contest to win $250,000 towards a trip to space. Contestants can earn extra chances to win by playing Warframe every day. The contest runs until December 31, 2019, so you have plenty of time to grind your heart out to become a true spaceninja. The contest is a pretty clever way to encourage players to jump into Warframe, but I'm curious to hear more details about the prize itself. The winner receives $250k toward the trip, but does that mean they'll have to pay for a portion of it? Sounds like it could get expensive fast. The contest is currently light on details—the only thing shared beyond the trailer is an official website page, but it's really just an ad for the game. Steven is on location at Tennocon and has a lot of exciting Warframe news to share, so keep an eye on our feed. Warframe trailer teases its next quest where aliens launch a mass invasionJul 6, 2019 - PC GamerDuring Warframe's annual Tennocon convention, Digital Extremes unveiled a new trailer for the next quest in Warframe's main campaign, The New War. First teased during Tennocon last year, The New War sees the Sentients, an evil alien race that lives beyond the solar system, launch a full-scale invasion on Earth and its surrounding planets. Among all the other updates announced at Tennocon today, this new quest is one of the most anticipated since it'll expand on Warframe's excellent but obscure story. You can watch the trailer above. The New War is coming this Christmas. Warframe is getting a badass new intro by the director of 10 Cloverfield Lane and UnchartedJul 6, 2019 - PC GamerDespite being one of the best free-to-play games on PC, Warframe is not easy to get into. But during its annual Tennocon convention developer Digital Extremes announced that Warframe is eventually getting an entirely reworked new player experience which includes a brand new intro video by 10 Cloverfield Lane and Uncharted (the movie adaptation of the Playstation exclusive) director Dan Trachtenberg. This new video represents a narrative restructuring that will better introduce new players to the world of Warframe and help them choose their first suit of armor. It's also extremely badass. The new introduction video is embedded above, and its existence heralds a complete rework of Warframe's intro, which hasn't really changed much since the game first launched back in 2013. Though game director Steve Sinclair didn't say when these changes would actually arrive in the game (it sounds like they're still a long way off), the idea is that Digital Extremes will eventually add new quests that better communicate what Warframe is today versus what it was six years ago. Trachtenberg's intro is a key part of that. Instead of giving a brief introduction to the evil Grineer faction and then asking players to blindly choose which warframe they want to play as, this new intro does a much better job of establishing the universe, teasing each of the three starter warframes' abilities. It's also loaded with winks and nods for veterans to pore over. I really love the idea of creating a context for how you're going to fight and why you're fighting. Dan Trachtenberg, director "Because so much of Warframe is just , grabbing resources, and crafting, you're not really focusing on the story," Dan Trachtenberg tells me. He's not just a director but also a passionate Warframe fan with a few hundred hours under his belt and a Mastery Rank 17 character. He tells me he first started playing when a friend recommended Warframe while Trachtenberg was filming 10 Cloverfield Lane, and it's been an obsession of his ever since. As a veteran player, Trachtenberg understands exactly what areas of Warframe's intro needed improvement. "You're so focused on the gameplay," he says. "I really love the idea of creating a context for how you're going to fight and why you're fighting. Those were the primary ideas that I don't know are perfectly expressed ." Though it's anyone's guess what shape Warframe's reworked tutorial will take, Trachtenberg's new prologue is as good an introduction to the mysticism and violence that makes Warframe so much fun. In the current tutorial, players are forced to choose their starting weapons and warframe without any clue how each handles itself in combat—just a written overview of their abilities. Trachtenberg's new intro shows each of the frames in action, slaughtering hordes of Grineer using their various abilities. Ke...Watch Tennocon 2019, Warframe's big press conferenceJul 6, 2019 - PC GamerWarframe's annual fan festival, Tennocon 2019, is kicking off today with exciting reveals and updates on the horizon. The biggest announcements aren't happening until 3 p.m. PST during Tennolive, but there's a whole day of fun stuff happening on the Tennocon stage, which you can watch right now. You can catch Tennocon 2019 on Twitch, Mixer, YouTube, and Facebook. For reference, here's the full Tennocon 2019 schedule: * 11:00 AM ET - 12:00 PM ET — Warframe Partner Stream with Alyek & BackyardisTV; * 12:00 PM ET - 1:00 PM ET — From Concept to Creation: The Art of Warframe; * 1:00 PM ET - 2:00 PM ET — Warframe Partner Q&A; * 2:00 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET — Sounds of the System; * 3:00 PM ET - 4:00 PM ET — Sanctuary Showcase Game Show; * 4:00 PM ET - 5:00 PM ET — 4th Annual Cosplay Contest; * 5:00 PM ET - 6:00 PM ET — Warframe Partner Stream with Bricky & Bast_50; * 6:00 PM ET - 7 PM ET — TENNOLIVE; Steven is also boots on the ground at Tennocon 2019 and has a lot of exciting stuff to talk about in the world of Warframe. Keep an eye on PC Gamer to stay up to date if you can't catch the event live. Wukong RevisitedJun 19, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWukong’s fabled rework is out now on PC! Utilizing years of Tenno feedback, we’ve updated Wukong’s stats and abilities to make him more relevant to Warframe in 2019. Read on to learn the scope of the changes, which includes a preview of our upcoming Melee 3.0 Simplified Combo System changes in his Primal Fury ability! Stat Changes Health increased from 100 to 150 (at max rank increased from 300 to 450). Energy increased from 100 to 120 (at max rank 150 to 180). Shield decreased from 125 to 100 (at max rank decreased from 375 to 300). - Why? Since Wukong’s new kit now involves an armor buff, relying more on his health will enable a better synergy. Sprint increased from .95 to 1.0. Ability One: Celestial Twin Replacing Iron Jab, Celestial Twin summons a Wukong clone to aid you in battle. Wukong’s clone attacks from range while Wukong uses melee and vice versa, making his clone the ultimate back-up buddy in combat. Press the ability again to command Wukong’s clone to attack a specific target with increased damage. Wukong’s clone will remain until it runs out of life. Reasons for changes: Iron Jab was replaced as it essentially exists as a weaker version of other powers. Wukong’s Ultimate can fulfill and surpass the role of Iron Jab, while fulfilling more of Wukong’s lore and creating a more powerful, synergized kit. Ability Two: Cloud Walker Faster, cheaper and stealthier than its previous form. Wukong evaporates into a fast-moving cloud of mist that will temporarily daze and paralyze enemies in his path. While in his cloud of mist, Cloud Walker has the additional mechanic of healing Wukong and his clone. His movement can be interrupted by attacking at any time. Cloud Walker has a much faster cast time, which will no longer hold Wukong in place. Wukong will no longer trigger laser traps or doors while using Cloud Walker. Energy cost for Cloud Walker has been lowered. Reasons for changes: Previously, Cloud Walker did not have many use cases as it was a slower and lesser stealth option than that of other frames. These changes make the Ability good for repositioning, more well-rounded - and WAY faster. Ability Three: Defy Achieve invulnerability through active, rather than passive, means. Defy will now taunt enemies while Wukong and his clone gain temporary invulnerability with reduced movement speed. All damage is captured, stored and dealt back in a single furious long-range staff spin attack. Based on the amount of damage prevented by Defy, Wukong and his clone will receive a temporary armor buff. Press the ability again to trigger spin early. Reasons for changes: Previously, Defy’s invulnerability was not very interactive. This change features invulnerability while encouraging more tactical, active and interesting gameplay techniques. As many of us used Defy to be immortal, it simply was too much of a set-it-and-forget it ability. Changing it to still offer invulnerability is important to us, and strengthening the rest of his Abilities makes up for...E3 2019 games every game confirmedJun 13, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunThey just keep coming don’t they? A lot of games were announced at E3 2019, things that we didn’t know about, as well as stuff that’s previously announced, or expansions to already released games. Now, to the casual outsider, what we’re doing might seem absolutely nuts, but we thought we’d put together an alphabetical list of all the PC games that have been confirmed to appear at this year’s E3 show. With well over a hundred of them now in the books, the next year or so looks packed. (more…) E3 2019 games every game confirmedJun 12, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunThey just keep coming don’t they? A lot of games were announced at E3 2019, things that we didn’t know about, as well as stuff that’s previously announced, or expansions to already released games. Now, to the casual outsider, what we’re doing might seem absolutely nuts, but we thought we’d put together an alphabetical list of all the PC games that have been confirmed to appear at this year’s E3 show. With well over a hundred of them now in the books, the next year or so looks packed. (more…) E3 2019 games every game confirmedJun 11, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunThey just keep coming don’t they? A lot of games were announced at E3 2019, things that we didn’t know about, as well as stuff that’s previously announced, or expansions to already released games. Now, to the casual outsider, what we’re doing might seem absolutely nuts, but we thought we’d put together an alphabetical list of all the PC games that have been confirmed to appear at this year’s E3 show. With well over a hundred of them now in the books, the next year or so looks packed. (more…) Warframe’s Fortuna Update Sets New All-Time Peak Player Count Record for the Game on SteamNov 12, 2018 - GitHypReleased back in 2013, Warframe’s player base is still growing with each new update that developer Digital Extremes releases for the free-to-play sci-fi shooter. Just a few months ago, Warframe’s highly anticipated story update, The Sacrifice, pushed the game to a new peak of 129k concurrent players on Steam. Before that, the game’s huge open world ‘Plains of Eidolon’ update spiked the player base to a record of 122k players at the time. Now, one year after PoE, Warframe is still going strong with its latest update ‘Fortuna’ that has once again set a new all-time peak of 132k concurrent players over the weekend on Steam. Warframe's increase in players comes as no surprise after we reported that viewer counts for the game's TennoCon event back in July were up 25x compared to last year on Twitch. Similar to the Plains update which introduced an open world environment for players to fly around and hunt new objectives in, Fortuna brings new ‘K-Drive’ hoverboards to the snowy landscape of Venus and its mysterious underground cybernetic city. Of course, as with every big Warframe update, there’s even more new content that has resulted in the game’s growth in players such as the ability to design and build new weapons and robotic companions, new enemies and bounties to capture, and a new blood-based Warframe by the name of Garuda. Considering the game's age, Warframe’s continued growth has exceeded expectations and is proof that free-to-play games can be embraced by the PC and console gaming communities if done right by the developers.Warframe’s TennoCon 2018 Had 25 Times the Number of Viewers on Twitch Compared to Last Year’s EventJul 9, 2018 - GitHypMost Warframe fans would agree, last year’s ‘Plains of Eidolon’ announcement at TennoCon marked the game’s biggest and best moment since it launched five years ago. But while last summer’s open-world reveal was a pivotal moment for the game, the live stream didn’t draw much attention on Twitch with a peak of only 17k live viewers and 33k concurrent viewers a few days later via popular streamer Lirik's channel. This year’s third annual event, however, had more viewers than ever who didn't want to miss out on the excitement of TennoCon. So many in fact, that Warframe’s 414k concurrent viewers was enough to make it the most watched game Saturday on Twitch -- and the second most watched game this week right behind Fortnite. Compared to last year, TennoCon 2018 brought in 25 times the number of viewers – or an increase of 2335% people watching on Twitch. Saturday’s peak also crushed the game’s previous peak of 88k viewers back in October 2017 when the Plains of Eidolon expansion officially launched. One of the reasons for the stream's success was the developers at Digital Extremes enticing their fans to watch on Twitch by giving away free loot drops. Those who tuned in for thirty consecutive minutes with their Twitch and Warframe accounts linked were rewarded with a Ash Prime in-game Warframe. The increase in viewers also reflects Warframe’s growing popularity on Steam. The free-to-play game's player base also saw a huge spike during PoE’s launch, peaking at 122k players in October. And more recently brought in 129k players last month for the latest ‘Sacrifice’ story update. With a new city, hoverboards, and ship-to-ship combat all coming soon in the 'Fortuna' update, this year's event certainly did not disappoint its new fan base. And with the developers’ continued support and even more players soon on Nintendo Switch, TennoCon is quickly becoming another can’t-miss annual event like BlizzCon and E3. Edit: We originally reported that the viewer count was up 13 times compared to last year, however, viewer counts for TennoCon 2017 were lower than we first thought. The 33k concurrent viewers were actually for a Lirik stream a few days after TennoCon and Digital Extreme's live stream only brought in a total of 17k concurrent viewers.