Warframe Opens the Gates to the Plains of Eidolon for New and Veteran Players

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Warframe Opens the Gates to the Plains of Eidolon for New and Veteran Players

Digital Extremes’ new open-zone expansion sends players into totally new territory.

When PlayStation 4 launched on November 15, 2013 in the US and Canada, Warframe was the first downloadable free-to-play game available. If you thought space ninjas were cool then and you downloaded our game, you either know how much has changed since that launch, or are wondering why you’re still reading about Warframe four years later. Why, after nearly four years, is now a prime time to pick up Warframe? It’s simple: Plains of Eidolon is our biggest, most ambitious update ever. And we think you will love it. It’s also free…

So, just what is Plains of Eidolon? Let’s do a little rewind first. At launch, Warframe was a small Beta game with just a few procedurally generated maps and a few Warframes. In the early days of Warframe, the developers would often describe it as the hyper sci-fi version of other established cooperative survival shooters. It was simple and modest, especially when compared to what it is now, but even so many were drawn to download it. In fact, after Netflix, it was the second most downloaded app on PS4. But it left a lot to be desired – both in content and direction.

During the next four years, Warframe grew. It has become a massive game, packed with thousands of hours of gameplay with MMO and action-RPG aspects, but without ever falling distinctly into either genre. This cooperative action game for 1-4 players (and 8 players in Trial missions) now offers 34 Warframes, each with their own unique aesthetic and Abilities, two significant cinematic quests (The Second Dream and The War Within), the addition of a new Parkour movement system, a new Melee combat system, a new Focus and Operator system, a fully reworked interface and Star Chart, a flight system called Archwing, a fully Remastered Earth tileset, dozens of new story quests, and a lot more.

Warframe: Plains of Eidolon

If you have been playing Warframe over the years, either as a veteran or weekend warrior, you are familiar with traveling from your ship to planets and back to unlock and play missions. The procedurally-generated mission maps have a clear start and finish, with objectives that lead you through fixed and enclosed environments. Today, we’re launching an open-space Landscape called Plains of Eidolon on PlayStation, which enables you, faithful Tenno, the chance to explore an open territory like never before in Warframe.

You can approach the environment any way you want. The Plains offer a continual asymmetrical day-night cycle with different activities in each timeframe. Want to hang out in the settlement town of Cetus with friends and visit the Ostron vendors? Craft your very own bone-crushing melee weapon (which we call a “Zaw”)? Burst straight into combat against new Grineer enemy types by raiding base camps and ambushing roaming squads?

Warframe: Plains of Eidolon

Or are you more the exploratory type? Would you prefer to adventure through the landscape, experiencing the verdant, rolling hills, lakes and rivers on your own time? This offers more relaxing activities, like mining for resources from rock deposits, or chilling with friends and fishing for, OK, we admit, otherworldly-looking fish in the lakes and rivers.

Warframe: Plains of Eidolon

Or are you a proud veteran player, with the experience to take on the ultimate battle against the titanic Teralyst Eidolon, a giant monstrosity that requires a calculated blend of combat skills and systems to beat it?

Starting today, a new chapter begins with Plains of Eidolon on PS4. This massive, 2.5 X 2.5 kilometer territory is open, bristling with strange creatures, enemies, and surprises to explore, and it’s all free. Come check it out. We’ll see you in the Plains, Tenno!

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  • Hmm…I think I’ll give this a shot

  • Any new trophies?

    • Danielle Sokolowski

      Hey viceforce, there sure are! 7 new Trophies can be earned in the Plains of Eidolon update:

      Saya’s Vigil – Complete the Saya’s Vigil Warframe Quest
      From on High – Kill 100 grounded enemies while in Archwing Mode above the Plains of Eidolon
      Forged In Fire – Craft your first Zaw
      By the Dawn’s Early Light – Survive a night on the Plains of Eidolon
      Tomb Looter – Explore all of the Eidolon Caves
      Sleds of Sunshine – Travel 500 meters in a single slide across the Plains of Eidolon
      The Great Eidolon Hunt – Defeat an Eidolon Teralyst

    • I hadn’t played since launch and then deleted it. Didn’t love it. I re-downloaded Warframe 2 weeks ago after some friends raves about all the changes and on-boarding. I’m now obsessed. This game rocks!

  • Does this patch offer a more proper PS4 Pro support?

  • The game that keeps on giving!

  • I’ve been wanting to try this game, so I think this is a good time for it. Is it going to be a single download, or do I have to download the main gain, and then this expansion?

    • Danielle Sokolowski

      Hey AriesWarlock, that’s awesome to hear :) If you currently do not have Warframe downloaded on your PS4 it’ll be a single download that includes the Plains of Eidolon update bundled up nicely in it.

      Enjoy your time in the Plains!

    • Thanks for replying, Danielle Sokolowski!

  • 2800hrs later, and I’m more excited now than any other update. Thanks Danielle and everyone at DE for continuing to build on this thing you started years ago. {Guardians of The Galaxy} Clan recruiting all new members.

    • 2800 hours? I thought my 700 was a lot O_O

    • Danielle Sokolowski

      It’s thanks to you Plains of Eidolon is here today on PS4! 2800 hours is nothing to sneeze at, so we owe a lot to players like you for making it happen.

      Now go out there and show those Grineer who’s boss!

    • Still recruiting? I’m an MR 16 and I play semi-frequently because of job and work. Got back on for POE and have brought Warframe back on as my go to game, and need a new clan to be a part of.

  • All of the updates so far have been ‘updates’ for the base game, with no separate content to download from the PS store. I’m assuming this will be the same?

  • Fitting! Just in time for PS4’s 4th birthday! Been playing Warframe since 2014 with about 700+ hours logged so far and still loving it. Thank you so much guys and gals of Digital Extremes for the continued support over the years (and the fact that y’all were able to still keep this game free?!?). It’s what keeps me coming back, and just one of the reasons why Warframe has no doubt become one of my favorite video games of all time.

    P. S. Zephyr Prime, will that ever be a thing? Pretty please?

    • Danielle Sokolowski

      I’m so glad you mentioned Warframe’s 4th anniversary on PS4 because we have some awesome stuff in store for you guys! Thank you for playing and being a part of this incredible community of Tenno.

      And yes! Eventually Zephyr Prime will be a thing along with the rest of our other non-primed Warframes ;)

  • Curious as to just how big is the update for this? And is this an add-on to the existing game? or its own separate game?

  • I hadn’t played since launch and then deleted it. Didn’t love it. I re-downloaded Warframe 2 weeks ago after some friends raved about all the changes. The on-boarding and loop feels much tighter and improved overall. I’m now obsessed. This game rocks!

  • This update is everything DE said it would be and so much more! It’s amazing how opening up the map changes how you play the game so much.

  • cool game but I’ve always had an issue with the ‘feel’ of the controls. Not enough auto-aim/aim-assist or something. Always felt like it was made first for a mouse and then a tiny bit of effort was given for the controller users.

    If they could bring a Destiny feel to the controls, that would be incredible.

  • Im loving this update, hope they add more eidolon enemy types, i love open world Warframe ^_^

  • This looks awesome. I think it is time for me to revisit Warframe, and perhaps I will bring some friends along this time.

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