Warframe developer Digital Extreme has announced their next free-to-play game titled Soulframe. The game is set in a fantasy world rather than a futuristic dystopian world like in Warframe. The game was announced during TennoCon 2022. In the interview with the Washington Post, the developer described the game as more of a sister to Warframe. The game is being led by Steve Sinclair, the director of Warframe who’ll be stepping down from his role to focus on Soulframe.
“Where ‘Warframe’ is focused on shooting, this one’s focused on melee,” Steve Sinclair said. “Where ‘Warframe’ is super fast and crazy high-speed, this one’s going to be a lot more slow and heavy. But it still has a lot of similarities to the genre that we have experience in.”
Soulframe: What We Know
Soulframe will be a free-to-play MMORPG similar to Warframe but will be set in a fantasy open-world environment instead. In a press release, Geoff Crookes, creative director of the game says,
“With Soulframe’s worldbuilding and thematic elements, we are really looking to go back to our childhood favorites and pull inspiration from the elaborate fantasy worlds that we fell in love with growing up. Our team is really interested in this idea of nature and humanity colliding and we’ll be exploring a lot of those themes through our own lens while playing with ideas of restoration and exploration.”
The world of Soulframe, according to the developers, might be the most interesting. According to them, Soulframe will focus on ”themes of nature, restoration, and adventure” being inspired by works like ”Princess Mononoke” and “The NeverEnding Story”.
Crookes further says,
“The conceit [in ‘Soulframe’] is that the world itself is a little angry about what’s been done to it, and the grounds underneath tend to shift throughout the day. So there’s going to be proceduralism within the cave networks and crevasses and so on underneath the world.”
Combat in the game is said to be slow and focused on melee according to the developers. They didn’t share more details as Soulframe is still in early development. But the developers want to give fans a look behind the curtains of Soulframe as soon as possible. A version of Soulframe will be available to players within a year although no specific date was announced.
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