Free-to-Play Shooter Warframe Slides onto PS4 at Launch
Posted by Sammy Barker
Terrible name, decent game
It seems that nothing is able to stop the growth of the PlayStation 4’s launch lineup at this point. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s Basement Crawl announcement from Bloober Team, legendary Unreal developer Digital Extremes has confirmed that it’s bringing its acrobatic third-person shooter Warframe to Sony’s next generation system later this year.
The co-operative title – which launched on the PC in March – is pitched as “Mass Effect meets Ninja Gaiden”, and sees you working alongside up to three other players to eliminate enemies and complete various quests. You’ll be able to download the client for free, but the title will obviously be supported by microtransactions, which will allow you to purchase new weapons, gear, and boosters.
Naturally, the release is part of Sony’s wider indie push, and chatting with IGN, game director Steve Sinclair revealed that the platform holder’s been great to work with. “Sony has been incredibly supportive and available, and [the PS4], in my opinion, is incredible to develop for,” he said. “Their attitude, their support, and their willingness to work with us to get on the console is an incredible opportunity for a studio like ours.”
While the team’s not delving into too many specifics at this point, Digital Extremes has confirmed that Warframe will take full advantage of the DualShock 4, including its touchpad. The game itself will be largely identical to its computer counterpart, but the developer is planning even more monthly content and even a companion application for smartphone devices.
This is just the latest in a long line of free-to-play announcements for the PS4, with Blacklight: Retribution also confirmed for the console. Shuhei Yoshida’s teased that the platform holder itself is working on a new freemium release, and PlanetSide 2 from Sony Online Entertainment is thought to be firing onto the console, too.