Warframe's The New War expansion gets 30-minute trailer at Tennocon

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Rock Paper Shotgun 17 July, 2021 - 05:46pm 44 views

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Today, Digital Extremes announced during TennoCon 2021 that its popular online shooter Warframe will get full cross-play and cross-save support later this year, letting space ninjas take their characters across PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One seamlessly. KotakuWarframe Will Get Cross-Play And Cross-Save Support Later This Year

Warframe fan event Tennocon has just come to an end. It culminated in a 30-minute gameplay video for The New War, Warframe's next major expansion, which you can watch below.

The VOD of the trailer isn't live yet, but you can watch it as part of the full archive stream below. The embed should begin at the 5:42:18 mark.

Recent Tennocon's have brought the announcement of a new expansion, and normally one that adds a new open world area to the live service looter-shooter. The New War is different. Originally announced back in 2018, The New War is a story campaign in which players will switch perspectives been different characters rather than play as their normal warframe.

The trailer above skips around, showing three playable characters: a Grineer soldier called Kahl 175, then a Corpus engineer named Veso, then a Tenno swordsman named Teshin, who has already featured in previous story quests such as The War Within.

Warframe has always had cinematic quests, but I'm not as familiar with them as I am its loot loops and open world. The above trailer is impressive stuff, though. There's a scale and polish to it that I don't associate with Warframe. I'm also fond of some of Warframe's creature design, which just often enough features, say, a thing with eight arms tearing open its own torso to reveal a portal. This is why we named Warframe one of the best free PC games.

Tennocon 2021 also brought the announcement of crossplay and cross-saves between all platforms, meaning you'll eventually be able to play Warframe seamlessly with your pals in console land. Warframe is also coming to mobile, which is big news, albeit not for us, the world's only PC gaming site.

The New War is expected to arrive later in 2021.

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The 5 coolest moments from Warframe TennoCon 2021

PC Gamer 18 July, 2021 - 05:01am

A look at The New War expansion, Warframe's mobile version, and a lot more.

The New War is the big expansion coming to Warframe later this year. It's a "cinematic quest"—Warframe parlance for their big story quests, heavy on the cutscenes—and the biggest one Digital Extremes has ever made. The New War marks a new era for Warframe, as the evil Sentients from beyond the solar system finally arrive on Earth to destroy all life in the Origin System.

Unlike previous expansions, The New War isn't a new open-world zone or an update that introduces complicated progression systems. Instead, it's a linear narrative mission that takes 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'll be playing as people other than your Tenno.

The big feature of The New War quest is the way it jumps between several perspectives as the Sentient invasion kicks off. During a 30-minute extended gameplay demo, Digital Extremes played through the beginning of the quest, giving us a sneak peak of how this new system works.

What stands out to me, though, is how much Digital Extremes have ramped up the quality of the cinematics. Cutscenes and combat flow seamlessly together, and the big setpieces all look really spectacular.

Rejoice! Warframe is officially getting cross-save and crossplay, meaning players will be able to play with whoever they want regardless of console—and our accounts will no longer be locked to just one platform. This is easily my favorite announcement of the show, since it means I can now play Warframe on my Switch in bed (or at my TV) instead of always being stuck at my PC. 

Starting with The New War, Digital Extremes will also be rolling out major updates simultaneously across all platforms so everyone can play new patches together instead of console players having to wait a few days.

One of the biggest surprise announcements from the show is that Warframe will one day be playable on your phone. Digital Extremes says it is hard at work on a mobile version that will let players log in from anywhere and play, and they even showed it in action. At first glance, it looks pretty similar to the Switch version of Warframe, which runs at 30fps with a lot of graphic options turned off (but is still very playable). Though I can't imagine touchscreen controls will feel all that comfortable, this will be great if you're wanting to login and knock out some non-combat activities like selling items in a Relay or decorating your clan dojo. 

Before The New War's flashy reveal, Digital Extremes hosted several panels with artists and developers about other exciting features coming to the game later this year. During the art panel, for example, we got a look at Nidus Prime, the new Prime variant warframe. It's not clear when Nidus Prime will be available (most likely before the end of the year). 

We also got a look at a rough concept of an entirely new warframe that is partially made with Sentient technology. Digital Extremes also showcased a new Sentient bow and Sentient cosmetic armor that "grows" as players complete an unspecified objective.

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