The wait is over for gamers anticipating entry into one of the year's hottest AAA Free-To- Play games, Warframe™. The sci-fi co-op action game for the PC developed by Digital Extremes, launched its Open Beta this week alongside its most extensive content and feature update: Update 7.
Since October 2012, players have participated in the game's Closed Beta providing feedback to help improve the experience from top to bottom. Players were introduced to Warframe as Tenno warriors, who have discovered an ancient exo-skeletal technology only they can operate. These Warframes bring unimaginable power and skill to the Tenno and provide players with unique offensive and defensive powers to explore and master. Players go solo or band together in squads of 4 to complete co-op based raids to locate ancient artifacts that will help customize and upgrade their Warframe and weapons.
Coinciding with Open Beta, the game received its largest feature update yet. Update 7 includes a highly anticipated open environment snow planet, 2 new Warframes with poison and sonic powers, a Sentinel pet system, and a new Global Chat feature. The most radical feature in this update is the re-vamp of the Mod System that has added a new level of depth to customizing your arsenal. Adding some of the stealth flavor seen in the original Dark Sector sci-fi concept of 2004, the update also provides players with stealth attack options and a new hunting bow called The Paris.
Steve Sinclair, chief creative director on Warframe expressed his gratitude to the Closed Beta group. "The road has been wild, but through the fixing, the breaking, the smashing, and the rebuilding, the Warframe community has supported us and it's heartwarming to see their love for the game matches our own," said Sinclair. "Free-to-Play has reached a level of acknowledgement within the gaming community that now demands higher level production values and in-depth gaming experiences. We're delivering that with Warframe and if the success of the Closed Beta is any indication, it's well on its way to pushing the Free-to-Play frontier into the next generation."
Gamers can get a good look at the highly praised art and animation style of the game in the newly released Open Beta Launch Trailer available now on the Warframe YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/playwarframe. The trailer launches viewers into the heart of Warframe during a radical battle featuring four original Warframes and teases recently added content, including features from Update 7.
Plans for additional content and feature updates will continue through Open Beta. First up: Steam integration - Warframe will be available on Steam starting March 25, 2013.
For those interested in learning more about Warframe, the development team will be hosting a live stream on Twitch.tv March 27, 2013 @ 14:00 EST featuring gameplay from Update 7 (http://www.twitch.tv/warframe). In the meantime, gamers can check the game out for themselves at the official site!
Warframe - Open Beta Launch Trailer