Announced at TennoCon, Warframe will be getting an open-world section in an upcoming expansion later this year. Plains of Eidolon is set to add the largest area yet to the free-to-play shooter, making it more similar to an MMO.
With the Plains of Eidolon expansion, players can explore new Landscapes to their hearts content. In the town of Cetus, its native inhabitants, Ostrons, harvest biomechanical tissue from long-dormant Orokin Towers. Players can take advantage of this unique gear with new customizations. Plains of Eidolon is full of NPCs to interact with and new storylines and quests to complete. Its day/night cycle also creates difficult challenges when giant Spectral Sentients haunt the land. Cetus can support up to 50 players.
Digital Extremes’ Community Producer Rebecca Ford spoke with PC Gamer about the new direction that Warframe is heading, saying that the game has evolved in surprising ways that they didn’t plan for specifically, but they’ve made sense of its blended genres and new features. The team wanted to try something different so they set out to develop this experience.
Currently, Warframe utilizes a procedurally generated map system, and Ford admitted that the team is nervous to introduce new content like this for the first time. Still, they are excited for players’ reactions and want to see how the world continues to evolve.
Warframe is available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Plains of Eidolon is set to release in 2017.