Digital Extremes Announces F2P Co-Op Shooter “Warframe” (VID)
Digital Extremes, co-creators of the Unreal franchise, is once again developing a fast-paced sci-fi shooter. Unlike Unreal Tournament, however, this one will be a free-to-play co-op shooter with MMO elements. Named Warframe, the game will go into closed beta this fall and hit the market in winter.
Squads of four players wearing ancient exo-skeletal technology known as “Warframes” will battle mobs of alien baddies, increasing the power and abilities of their Warframes as they advance.
“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.”
“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 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.”
Check out the first-look video:
Sign up for the beta here. I know I can’t wait to get my hands on it.