Digital Extremes Announces Two Major Warframe Expansions
Warframe certainly came prepared with announcements for this year’s TennoCon, the expo that has been set up to celebrate the game. Fans were initially surprised to hear that the free-to-play ninja robot simulator would be heading to the Nintendo Switch. Digital Extremes followed this news up by unveiling the next major expansion named, Fortuna, which will take place in an open world setting on Venus. The update will add a new faction and expand the lore of the title. Another expansion that will build off of Fortuna will quickly follow it as well.
Warframe Continues to Grow
Fortuna is the follow-up expansion to the massive Plains of Eidolon update that released last November. The new faction making its way to the game is called Solaris United and is comprised of cyborgs who live in a debt-internment colony named, Fortuna, that feels heavily inspired by Blade Runner. Fortuna will serve as players hub city for the expansion much like Cetus in Plains of Eidolon. Fans of the co-operative shooter will discover a Venusian sci-fi landscape packed to the brim with seascape flora, giant mushrooms, rare creatures, and so much more.
Space Combat Is Coming
The second expansion that was announced for Warframe is Codename: Railjack, which will come sometime after the end of this year and will focus on space combat. Players will need to team up to pilot a spaceship and fill roles such as driving, weapons, and repairing/managing shields. The preview above gives a good look at how this new system will work in the game.
On top of all these announcements, Digital Extremes revealed that two new Warframes would be making their way into the game. For those that are unaware, these are the bio-mechanical suits players take control of to fight the alien menace.
Warframe is currently available on PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One. The game launched back in 2014, but has seen an amazing amount of post-launch support making it the fourth most popular game on Steam.
Despite being one of the largest games in the world, World of Tanks will not be getting a sequel according to its developer, Wargaming. Many may recognize this free to play game’s name and that is no surprise considering its massive player base now reaching over 130 million active users. Due to the massive success of World of Tanks, many fans anticipated that a sequel would be arriving in the near future, but that is not the case.
Latest World From PAX Australia
Recently at PAX Australia the Regional Publishing Director of Wargaming, Alex de Giorgio, was asked during a panel if World of Tanks 2 was on the way. Ultimately, de Giorgio said that the studio did not have plans to make another game in the series, but instead had a bigger plan for their seven-year-old game. He added that Wargaming sees its title as a games-as-a-service, one that will continue to expand and update over time. With that being the case, a sequel will most likely never come out for the game.
De Giorgio explained “It’s this constant evolution; that’s been the hallmark of the game,” he continued saying that adding a sequel to World of Tanks “doesn’t really make sense to us.” (http://bit.ly/2gVGSG0)
This games-as-a-service model is nothing new in terms of big name games. In fact, Wargaming’s stance on their game falls in line with Psyonix’s stance on Rocket League and what the developer of PUBG, Brendan Greene, has spoken about for his game. Each of these developers believes in updating and evolving their games instead of rushing to put out a sequel.
This belief in continued support of a game has shown success because it gives players a reason to stay invested in a game and spend their money on the experience. Free to play games like World of Tanks need microtransactions to survive, which many people say is a democratic system that helps developers make compelling content because if they don’t, people will just walk away from the game. It’ll be interesting to see how this game evolves. Gigamax will be keeping a close eye on these developments so be sure to check back soon.