Fresh from TennoCon 2019, Digital Extremes debuted a 30-minute demo of new expansion Empyrean, alongside a new cinematic intro movie directed by Hollywood director Dan Trachtenberg (known for the excellent 10 Cloverfield Lane and being the latest director in charge of the upcoming Uncharted movie).
Meanwhile, the next big thing in Warframe is Empyrean. While it has no release date as of yet, Digital Extremes was keen to show off a lengthy demo at the fourth annual Warframe conference, TennoCon. Empyrean hands players control of the Railjack battleship and introduces space combat and exploration, which will include new territory in the Origin System.
The Railjack comes with an in-ship control system that doesn’t just allow movement and combat, it’s a fully functioning battleship with controls for shield deployment and missile volleys, alongside the ability to send out Archwings and infiltrate enemy ships. Player ships can be customised and upgraded, too.
Digital Extremes provided a raft of new Empyrean information too:
- Connect the Community With Squad Link!: This ground-breaking multiplayer system connects the world of Warframe in an entirely new way. Transcend beyond your solo objective and connect with the larger community by reaching out to other Tenno squads using the Squad Link. In multi-objective missions from space, players can call up on other squads of active players to help the bigger cause — lower enemy ship shields, steal valuable data, and more.
- Assault, Steal and Pilot Enemy Ships: Players can now infiltrate opponent ships using Archwings and command them in a variety of missions. Become a swashbuckling #Spaceninja, Tenno!
- Customize and Upgrade Everything: The Drydock is your Railjack’s personal space garage. Build out and upgrade your battleship’s Equipment, Cosmetics, Systems and Reinforcements with a huge array of options, name your ship, and beautify it all by customizing primary, secondary and tertiary colors, accents, decals and more.
- Revenge: Enemies have begun adapting to Tenno lethality, and from it kingpins will emerge! Players familiar with Warframe’s in-development Kingpin system will be rewarded with a first look at how these reactive enemies behave, starting with the Kuva Lich, Emra Rok, in an epic boss fight on the capital ship.
- Graphics Upgrade: Digital Extremes is dedicated to providing the single best graphic fidelity to AAA free-to-play gaming. Using a completely re-written rendering technology (“Deferred Renderer”) in its proprietary Evolution Engine, Warframe’s graphics have never looked better.
Have a look at the massive Empyrean demo here:
A third open world was also teased during TennoCon, with the Duviri Paradox update reveal. This new world will see a new, surreal environment where Operators have grown into fully mature adults.
Finally, Warframe’s latest seasonal content, Nightwave Season 2 and Wukong Prime was announced to be available right now across all platforms. Here’s the official blurb, straight from the horse’s mouth. Well, from Digital Extremes’ PR, at the very least:
- Nightwave is Warframe’s free, rotating seasonal system. Each Series unfolds over several weeks and tells a brand new story. By completing daily and weekly challenges, Tenno will unlock limited-time, exclusive rewards (gear, cosmetics and more) while experiencing the story as they play. In Series 2: The Emissary players will meet a strange mute child (Arlo) who emerges unharmed from the Infestation and brings with him the miraculous ability to heal the sick.
- Wukong Prime is now ready for action! Available to earn through gameplay or purchase, the enduring, swift and unruly Wukong Prime brings eager Tenno an enhanced version of the original for the first time ever. Everybody’s got something to hide, except Wukong Prime!
One thing’s for sure: Warframe players have got a lot to look forward to! Our very own Mick Fraser is probably wetting himself right now. Hell, maybe it’s time I finally returned to the game, too…