Warframe is a free-to-play, co-operative science-fiction third-person shooter for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It is developed by Digital Extremes, the team responsible for Dark Sector, The Darkness 2 and the multiplayer component of Bioshock 2. Warframe is loosely based on the original design document for Dark Sector, which dates back to 2004 at the latest. Along with their own games, the developer also cited the influence of online multiplayer games such as Phantasy Star Online and Left 4 Dead. Since its launch in March 2013, the game has been under continuous development, with 19 major content updates and numerous smaller updates since release.
Several character and environment designs in the game are the work of illustrator Keith Thompson, who has also contributed to Borderlands and the film Pacific Rim.
Warframe is a third person, objective-based, loot driven shooter. Players collect materials and weapon upgrades (called "Mods") as they complete missions and progress through a map of the solar system. Players may harness the powers of their Warframe and weapons in order to clear hordes of enemies in the PvE maps, or against each other in the specialized PvP mode. Players also have access to public spaces known as Relays where they may interact, trade, or practice their skills.
Warframe's Mod system allows for players to customize the various aspects of their equipment, which comes with 8-10 slots for the card-like mods that can be upgraded as the player progresses through the game. Character mods include things like enhanced health, damage resistances, and ability modifications. Weapon mods are typically focused on damage types, but can also include silent firing, magazine changes, and unique effects during battle.
Tenno, warriors of blades, guns and masters of the Warframe armor were left drifting in the ruins of an old war are now needed again to maintain the balance of powers in the solar system. You were rescued from your cryostasis chamber by the Lotus. Lotus will guide you and teach you the ways of the Warframe and their secret powers.
The descendants of an ancient mystical civilization from the Orokin era on Earth. Stored in their cryopods for centuries, they are awakened into new conflict were they must fight and maintain balance between several warring factions. Their memories have faded but their ability to use a gun, sword and exo-armor have not. The historic values of the Tenno are chivalry and discipline but they may not all be so in this new war as they emerge into this unfamiliar world. They stand united against common foes, loyal to only each other.
Vast in numbers from cloning technology, the Grineer seek to expand their vile empire from Earth outward and control the whole solar system. They took over Earth by their numbers alone, lead by the mysterious Twin Queens. While high in power, the Grineer army is decaying. The constant cloning is increasingly making them more primitive. The Grineer's ideology of enormous hate and discrimination of anything not like them drives them to the face of inevitable dissolution.
The Corpus are a conglomeration of commercial interests unified by their greed. They control the entire supply chain of goods in the Solar System, and see Orokin artifacts as profit to exploit it at any cost. Corpus are rarely seen by others and are better known for their robot proxies that serve them. They have taken the social structure from ancient mercantile guilds from the old Earth.
The Infested are those who have succumbed to the mysterious Technocyte virus, which consumes and twists flesh towards an unknown goal. The virus afflicts all it comes in contact with, save for the Tenno and their Warframes. While animalistic, there seems to be some kind of larger coordination in the plague's action.
The Lotus is a single individual who guides the Tenno through their missions. She has great knowledge of the Warframes, their unique powers, and understanding of Orokin relics. After deactivating the cryostasis on the Tenno she uses this knowledge to lead the Tenno warriors in their fight.
A Warframe is an exo-armor that uses unique combative technology to create the ultimate weaponry. Each Warframe holds many mysterious powers and mastering one requires dedicated use.
As of Update 19, there are 30 unique Warframes for players to use. Each Warframe has a different spread of base stats such as Health and Sprint Speed, and each has four different abilities that can be used in battle. Warframes are highly customizable, using Mods to adjust the properties of the suits.
Some Warframes also have "Prime" variants, with enhanced stats and altered appearances compared to their standard counterparts.
A new addition to the game as of Update 7, Companions are mechanical or biological creatures that accompany you into missions to provide combat bonuses and additional firepower. As of Update 19, there are 14 different Companions to choose from, some having Prime variants similar to the Warframes. Companions also make use of the Mod system for additional customization.
Warframes carry three weapons with them into missions. These consist of a Primary, a Secondary, and a Melee weapon. Weapons use the Mod system to enhance the different qualities of the weapons.
Weapons level up by using them in combat and by collecting yellow Affinity pickups. By leveling up, weapons gain new ranks that offer the ability to equip more mods.
New players start with a selection from MK1-variations of standard weapons. Additional weapons can be acquired either from crafting them from blueprints in the Forge or by purchasing them directly from the Marketplace.
Mastery is an in-game method of measuring a players cumulative skill by how many weapons, Warframes, and Companions have been fully ranked. Mastery Rank is used to lock players from certain advanced weapons and missions, and controls how many in-game trades a player may make in a day.
Founders Program, Prime Access, and the Prime Vault
In December 12, 2012 Digital Extremes introduced the Warframe Founders Program. For a limited time you could help the future of the game and get exclusive in-game items and privileges. All members recieved instant access to the beta, and depending on tier chosen, exclusive content.
In subsequent updates, this system has been turned into Prime Access and the Prime Vault. Prime Access is a rotating paid program that adds the latest Prime variants of Warframes, Weapons, and accessories to a player's account. Use of Prime Access provides instant access to these items in-game without the need to farm or build the items. While Warframes and Weapons can be farmed in-game, cosmetic accessories items are often exclusive to the Prime Access system.
The Prime Vault system was introduced on March 24th, 2016. This new system removed certain Primes from the game's loot rotation in order to add new items to loot tables. Similar to Prime access, the Vault is occasionally "opened" for approximately one month at a time, allowing players to either purchase or farm Vaulted items. Vaulted items are not removed from the player's inventory, only from the game's loot system.
Platinum is the premium currency of Warframe. It can be used in trades, to instantly complete the build of an item in the Foundry, or to purchase items from the Marketplace. The Marketplace has items that can be purchased with either the freely earned Credits or Platinum. Certain items, mostly cosmetic, can only be purchased with Platinum
Platinum can currently be purchased in a variety of tiers:
|2100 Pt (1500 + 600 Bonus Pt)||$99.99|
|1000 Pt (750 + 250 Bonus Pt)||$49.99|
|570 Pt (450 + 120 Bonus Pt)||$29.99|
|170 Pt (150 + 20 Bonus Pt)||$9.99|
These prices are subject to change.
- OS: Windows XP SP 3 or higher
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo e6400 or AMD Athlon x64 4000+
- Memory: 2 GB RAM
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT or ATI Radeon HD 3600
- DirectX®: 9.0c
- Hard Drive: 2 GB HD space
- Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection
- OS: Windows Vista SP2 or higher
- Graphics: AMD 5000 series or Nvidia 400 series or higher
To use Nvidia APEX PhysX:
- Nvidia Graphics Card 4XX Series or newer with 1G of video RAM