Press Release: Warframe announced!
Digital Extremes Goes Free-To-Play With
Co-Op Action Game WARFRAME
Registration for Closed Beta Starts Today at PLAYWARFRAME.COM
June 25, 2012 – London, Ontario – Digital Extremes today provided a first look of WARFRAME™, a fast-paced co-op shooter currently in development, with plans to hit the Free-To-Play PC market this winter. The first look in the form of a frozen-in-mid-action diorama has gone live today and can be viewed at playwarframe.com or in full HD on the WARFRAME YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/playwarframe. This unveiling also signals an open call for gamers worldwide to register at playwarframe.com for their chance to help shape the game during the closed Beta Test this fall.
Set in the far reaches of outer space during a new Dark Age, WARFRAME introduces the Tenno, a captive race on the brink of extinction, enslaved by the Grineer for centuries. Players enter WARFRAME on the cusp of the Grineer’s victory over the Tenno. Yet, the Tenno have begun to arm themselves with WARFRAMES - an ancient exo-skeletal technology only they can operate. Hidden within the Orokin Derelicts of a lost civilization, new WARFRAMES lie dormant and undiscovered. These artifacts are the Tenno's only hope for survival.
WARFRAME is a fast-action PvE shooter set in an evolving sci-fi world. Some would call it MMO-Lite as squads of four players work together to advance their characters and battle the oppression of the genocidal Grineer. Throughout their combat missions players will continually increase the power and abilities of their WARFRAME and weapons. They will discover new areas of space and ‘raid’ them for exotic and powerful weapons and WARFRAME augmentations to customize their arsenal. With WARFRAME's Automatic Mission Generator, the game will offer endless replay as levels are procedurally configured for a unique raid, every time.
“WARFRAME is a new name for an old game,” explained Steve Sinclair, chief creative director at Digital Extremes. “It was a shelved concept we kept coming back to. High-tech machine-gun Ninjas set in a far-future, over-hyphenated, Manga-Dune mash-up. Free-to-play lets us take risks. It allows us to build WARFRAME with our players.”
When it’s released, WARFRAME will be completely free-to-play to anyone who registers an account at playwarframe.com. Once available this winter, with a quick download, players can enter WARFRAME and freely enjoy all attributes of the game’s world for as long as they like or can choose to participate in the game’s marketplace where various enhancements to the game will be offered.
“We’ve heard for years now that PC gaming is dead. It isn’t dead, it just went underground for a few years and is now re-emerging with this massively growing free-to-play market that has matured to the point where the quality of games we’re seeing rivals many AAA retail games,” said James Schmalz, CEO of Digital Extremes. “In many ways, we’re going back to our PC action-based roots. Free-to-play is like shareware 2.0! Once again, we’re connected directly to our end-user. They decide whether or not to pay you [the developer] for their experience and we listen to their feedback and continually improve the experience to make it worth paying for. Game development as it should be.”
Registration is now open on playwarframe.com where gamers can reserve their ‘alias’ in the game and will have a chance at joining the Closed Beta Test slated for this fall. In addition, they will receive a free pre-launch only weapon that will be added to their account just for signing up. Further details of the Closed Beta Test will be announced this summer.
About Digital Extremes
Founded in 1993 by James Schmalz, Digital Extremes ranks as one of the world’s top independent development studios in the interactive entertainment industry. The Canadian-based developer has a rich history in developing some of the industry’s top first-person shooter and action games. Originating with the co-creation of Epic Games’ multi-million unit selling Unreal® franchise including Unreal, Unreal Tournament and all of its iterations and continuing with such hits as Dark Sector®, BioShock® for the PlayStation®3 and the multi-player campaign of BioShock 2. Most recently, Digital Extremes earned critical acclaim for the development of first-person shooter, The Darkness® II, based on the comic book series of the same name, and the use of its proprietary technology, the Evolution Engine™. The studio is currently developing the Free-To-Play action game, WARFRAME™. For more information about Digital Extremes visit the company website at www.digitalextremes.com. To sign up for WARFRAME, visit www.playwarframe.com.
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