LONDON, ON – July 11, 2019 – The fourth annual TennoCon – a sold-out community celebration of all things Warframe® hosted by Canadian developer and publisher Digital Extremes – set viewership records and highlighted the explosive growth of the cooperative online action game last weekend. More than 2 million combined hours of Warframe content was viewed across all streaming and social media platforms during TennoCon 2019, and more than 490,000 total concurrent viewers tuned in for TennoLive, the show's closing keynote when the newest updates are revealed.
TennoCon 2019's milestone viewership solidified Warframe as the sixth most concurrently viewed game on Twitch in 2019, and made this year's TennoLive both one of the most viewed game reveal shows of the year and the most watched broadcast in Warframe history (source).
For the first time, Digital Extremes expanded TennoCon's live broadcast production to encompass all the developer panels and presentations from the show's main stage, allowing those at home to join the attendees. Viewer donations during the broadcast, coupled with proceeds from TennoCon 2019, raised more than CAD $250,000 for this year's charity partner, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Middlesex Branch (CMHA Middlesex) of London, Ontario. Digital Extremes also donated to USD $25,000 to GuardianCon, an annual convention celebrating the gaming community, to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
"We are continually humbled by the way our players support and grow TennoCon year after year," said Rebecca Ford, Live Operations and Community Director at Digital Extremes. "Our community is the heart and soul of Warframe. They are what inspires and drives us as developers, and we're honored to have the opportunity to build the future of Warframe with such a passionate and dedicated community. We do this for our players."
TennoCon 2019 hosted more Warframe attractions than ever, including two escape rooms, a curated museum of art and life-size replicas, an annual cosplay contest with $10,000 CAD in prizing, and more. TennoLive revealed an action-packed, 30-minute live demo of the next Warframe expansion, Empyrean, as well as Warframe's new game intro directed by Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane, The Boys, Uncharted.) In addition, viewers also received a first-look at the game's beautiful new rendering technology, and new footage from the next open world expansion, Duviri Paradox, and the fourth Cinematic Quest, The New War.
Warframe has been going for 7 years now, and the team at Digital Extremes has not only been adding new content, but expanding the idea of what Warframe is. In an interview with Eurogamer, Digital Extremes chief operating officer Sheldon Carter talks about the growing pains of pushing Warframe beyond its original plan.
The hardest thing about this is we have a team who - for seven years - has made a third-person, over-the-shoulder action game, and now we're making a space game. It's very very different, and it's hard to wrap your head around how that game is going to work like Warframe. For our staff who work so hard on this stuff, it's really a challenge to get everyone on board with the same creative vision for it - so Steve [Sinclair, director] has done an amazing job of communicating that, and that's why things like TennoCon are so good, because they're a forcing function for us to be like 'no we need to solve this', we need to make sure everybody understands what they're doing towards this goal. I'd say that was the biggest challenge, just shifting. So much of the gameplay inside Empyrean is still about four players using Warframe powers and using your Warframe, because you're going into these ships that are populated before you steal them, or you're down on the surface doing the core Warframe loop. But making sure that the space combat loop feels good, that is the hardest part.
How does the team take on this Herculean effort without crunching the team beyond the belief? Slow and steady wins the race, says Carter.
Our perspective is we're very blessed to have a situation where we only have one immovable date every year, and that's TennoCon, so we just want to make sure we have something that we can deliver for our fans so we know where we're going with the game. Every other day other than that is fluid. Warframe is a game that's been around for seven years and the reason why we've been around for so long is that our development team - generally speaking - take the idea that it's a marathon, not a sprint. If we sprint, it's not going to work, it's not even a comment on crunch or the industry, it's literally for our business model to work, we have to treat it like a marathon. If we did treat it like a sprint, we'd be dead. If we start losing our key developers because it's too hard to work on this game, we wouldn't.
Wouldn't it be cool if some of the guns in Warframe were actually real? That's the premise for the latest video from Digital Extremes, which pranked people with 'real' Warframe weapons. Rather than ruin the fun, just check out the video above and see how they got one over on some unsuspecting passers-by.
Tennocon 2019 has come and gone, and it brought with it a ton of new information. There's all kinds of exciting things planned for the world of Warframe. Check out a full recap of what was revealed below.
Enlist a four-player crew to hijack, scavenge and sabotage across the Origin System. Contact ground teams for support, steal enemy ships, explore ancient ruins, assassinate kingpins and get rewarded for your missions into deep space.
• Siege and Steal Enemy Ships: Infiltrate opponent ships using Archwings, kill the captain and take the helm of their ship! It’s time to become a swashbuckling space ninja, Tenno.
• Dynamic Situations: During your missions, you’ll need to take into account additional hazards to complete your mission successfully. The TennoLive demo showed off Void Storms that can disable equipment, boarding parties that can breach your Railjack and an Infested ambush deep within an ancient Orokin ruin.
• Signal the Squad Link: Transcend beyond your solo objective and tap into a larger mission by reaching out to other squads of Tenno using the Squad Link. In multi-objective missions from space, players can call up active players on Fortuna or Plains of Eidolon (or vice versa) to help the bigger cause -- lower enemy ship shields, steal valuable data, and more, as the New War looms.
• Customize and Upgrade Everything: The Drydock is your Railjack’s personal space hangar. Upgrade your battleship’s Equipment, Cosmetic, and Reinforcements with weapons such as the Auto-Cannon, Pulse Laser, Homing Missile Launcher, EMP Stun weapons, and Decoy Countermeasures. Boost your Shields, Engine, Hull and Stealth using resources found during your voyages. Beautify it all by customizing aesthetics from primary, secondary and tertiary colors and accents. And of course, christen your ship with a custom name emblazoned on the Railjack’s hull.
• Kingpin System: Enemies have started to adapt to Tenno lethality, and from it, kingpins will emerge. More information coming soon.
WIN* A TRIP TO SPACE
Become the first real Space Ninja. Play now to win $250,000 towards a trip to space!
Directed by Dan Trachtenberg (Uncharted, Black Mirror, 10 Cloverfield Lane), watch the new introduction to Warframe!
THE DUVIRI PARADOX
It’s time to grow up, Tenno.
Warframe’s next open world is now in development.
THE NEW WAR
When the Sentients attack, we must rise together. Or lose everything.
The New War, Warframe’s next cinematic quest, is coming Holiday 2019.
NIGHTWAVE SERIES 2: THE EMISSARY
Nora Night’s next broadcast follows the remarkable tale of Arlo. As the story unfolds, you’ll learn more about Arlo and his mission to soothe our deepest wounds.
EARN NEW REWARDS -- AN INFESTED DISPLAY OF POWER
Series 2 brings a brand-new set of Infested-themed rewards to earn! Rise through all 30 Tiers to unlock these limited-time rewards before the Series is over.
Log in and earn unique rewards like:
• Emissary Operator Collection (Tier 30): Become like Arlo's devoted with this Operator cosmetics collection.
• Chitoid Sentinel Bundle (Tier 29): Give any Sentinel a flair of Infestation with this pack.
• Protosomid Shoulder Guard (Tier 28): Loathsome tendrils squirm from these hefty shoulder guards.
• Umbra Forma (Tier 26): Apply the Umbra polarity to any Warframe or Weapon.
• Spore Ephemera (Tier 19): Leave a trail of filth with every footstep.
• And so much more!
Earn Emissary Creds throughout Series 2 to spend on Nora's Offerings. After you reach Tier 30, prestige back through the Series to earn even more Creds to spend at her shop!
Visit the Nightwave Cred Offerings to acquire the Rewards you want the most, including Nitain Extract, Weapon and Helmet Blueprints, Catalysts, Reactors and rare Aura Mods. Missed out on hunting the Wolf in Series 1? Purchase a Wolf Beacon from Nora with your Emissary Creds! Creds must be redeemed before the Series is over or sold for credits, so use them before the frequency is lost.
NIGHTWAVE SERIES 2 CHANGES
Based on your feedback, Nightwave Series 2 introduces a suite of changes to reduce the time and tension of earning rewards.
• Playing Catch-Up! - We added a way for you to play acts from previous weeks in case you missed them!
• De-grindification! - Less Weekly and Elite Weekly acts, but still giving the same amount of Standing as you would get from Series 1! In addition, we are looking to front-load Nightwave Creds as an earlier reward for participating in the Series!
• Act Changes! - We have lowered the Time and Wave requirements for some Endless Mission Acts, as well as lowering the cost of Ayatan Statues (this was implemented during Series 1). In addition, we have also removed the ‘with friends’ requirements from all of our Nightwave Acts!
• New Acts! - Including the most important one... petting your Kubrow or Kavat. We also included some Acts for Kuva missions, Transmuting Mods and K-Drive Races!
Read the Nightwave Dev Workshop to learn more!
What is Nightwave?
Ongoing pirate radio broadcast hosted by Nora Night, the eyes and ears of the Origin System. Each Nightwave Series will unfold over several weeks and tells a brand-new story. Completing daily and weekly challenges - called Acts - will unlock limited-time, exclusive rewards!
How do I earn Nightwave rewards?
In each Nightwave Series, you’ll earn standing with Nora by completing Acts to rise through the Reward Tiers. Unlock power items, exclusive cosmetics or currency called Emissary Creds with each new Tier reached. Make sure to complete all 30 Tiers before the Series is over to earn all the rewards!
How long will Series 2 run?
Nightwave Series 2 will last about 10 weeks -- we don't have an exact end date, so this may shift. Each new Series starts fresh for all players, which means your Emissary Creds and Nightwave Standing will expire at the end of the series. Spend them before they disappear!
What are Episodes? When will new Episodes come out?
Episodes are introduced throughout the course of a Nightwave Series that move the story along and may include in-game changes (i.e. more enemies, stronger enemies).
WUKONG PRIME ACCESS AVAILABLE NOW
Wukong Prime Access is available now on all platforms! The primal trickster Warframe includes the devastating Zhuge Prime crossbow, the fluttering Ninkondi Prime nunchaku and more.
TWO NEW WARFRAMES: GAUSS AND GRENDEL
Shown off in action during the Empyrean reveal, the next two Warframes are the turbo-charged Gauss and the eternally insatiable Grendel! Stay tuned for a full reveal of their abilities and release dates.
WARFRAME’S NEW GRAPHICS RENDERER
Using a completely re-written rendering technology (“Deferred Renderer”) in its proprietary Evolution Engine, Warframe’s graphics have never looked better.
Tennocon 2019, the one-day Warframe convention has already revealed something special. Two new Warframes are going to be added to the game in the near future. The Warframes are called Grendel and Gauss, and you can get a good look at each in the artwork above.
LONDON, ON – July 2, 2019 –Digital Extremes has partnered with Volpin Studios to create incredible life-like Warframe statues, props, and surprises for this year's fourth annual Warframe conference, TennoCon.
This year, the collection of real-life items are collected in a "museum" highlighted by the life-like, five-foot tall MOA, a two-legged, Corpus-built robot. This year's TennoCon sees the return of the giant Rhino statue, the MOA, a Lotus Helmet, a Relic, and more.
In addition to Digital Extremes, Volpin Studios has worked with numerous other industry-leading game studio, including Blizzard Entertainment, Riot Games and more, to create an incredible array of stunning work. For this MOA, seven artists put in a combined 800 labor hours and used 11 3D printers to create it. The 3D printers were at work for more than 1,000 combined 3D printer hours and used more than 1200m/1.2km of 3D Printer filament to create the one, remarkable MOA.
"Partnering with Digital Extremes to create the MOA from Warframe has been an exhilarating experience; not only is the MOA our largest high-detail replica to date, it's easily the most intricate! It took the expertise of everyone here at Volpin Props to bring this piece to life, and we can't wait to share it with fans at this year's TennoCon!"
If you're not able to join us for TennoCon in person, you can follow the action at home via www.twitch.tv/warframe from 8 am PDT/11 PM EDT to 4 pm PDT/7 pm EDT on Saturday, July 6 and watch our all-day streams from TennoCon.
Pair your Warframe account with Twitch, Mixer and Steam and watch TennoLive from 3-4 pm PDT/6-7 pm EDT to get Nekros Prime for free, and follow the minute-by-minute details on twitter.com/PlayWarframe.
SEATTLE, Wash. – June 24, 2019 – PAX Dev 2019 will kick off with an opening keynote from Sheldon Carter, Chief Operating Officer at Warframe studio Digital Extremes. The developer-only event returns to Seattle Aug. 27 – Aug. 28, giving creators valuable time to learn and interact with their peers before the gaming community descends upon the city for PAX West. The conference will also feature Blizzard Entertainment’s Craig Morrison to close the show by sharing his experience and insights as Design Manager of World of Warcraft.
Prior to leading Digital Extremes and setting the world ablaze with the studio’s hit multiplayer shooter Warframe, Sheldon Carter got his start in the industry as an Associate Producer on BioWare’s beloved action RPG Jade Empire. He then went on to produce Dark Sector and serve as Creative Director on The Darkness 2 before guiding Digital Extremes as Studio GM. In addition to continuing to oversee development on a title enjoyed by more than 50 million players and various other projects, Carter co-hosts a weekly podcast, War with Art, where he chats about creative challenges and shares advice for fellow writers, game designers, and artists.
Craig Morrison produced and directed MMORPGs, including Funcom’s The Secret World and Age of Conan, before leaving the Norwegian studio in 2013 to serve as Blizzard Entertainment’s Design Department Manager on World of Warcraft. Since then Morrison has taught game design as a lecturer at the nearby University of California Irvine and founded educational site StartMakingGames.com, a resource for aspiring game designers.
Sheldon Carter and Craig Morrison are the tip of the spear for PAX Dev’s 2019 invigorated focus on mentorship and education. The event will include an expanded Mentor Lounge for students and professionals to meet one-on-one with veteran advisors along with a bevy of panels to educate, inspire, broaden understanding, and introduce new concepts and solutions.
“PAX Dev is a great way for creators to concentrate on craft prior to the kickoff of PAX West,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade and PAX. “Sheldon and Craig will be a significant part of that, passing down wisdom and lessons from their careers to catalyze a great professional conference.”
PAX Dev takes place Aug. 27 – Aug. 28 at the Seattle Westin Hotel in Seattle. Registration for game makers and students is now open. Those interested in speaking at PAX Dev can submit panels here. Speakers receive a complimentary badge and PAX West 2019 attendee badge.
The event will co-locate with the GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit, where developers can connect with investors, take advantage of networking opportunities, and participate in talks designed around funding and publishing games.
LONDON, ON – June 11, 2019 – Canadian developer and publisher Digital Extremes' powerful new The Jovian Concord update for Warframe® is available today for free on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch™. This full graphic and gameplay overhaul of the Tenno-favorite Jupiter tileset (AKA 'Gas City') offers reworked environments with modern parkour movement in mind, hideous new enemies to confront, a new game mode, secret lore to uncover, and a deadly flying Eidolon boss to conquer.
The Jovian Concord reimagines the original Warframe environment with a more ambitious level of terrain to explore and stunning gas giant visuals to see. Using your Warframe's parkour skills, Tenno can propel to previously unreachable heights and weigh their chances outside by leaping across distant, floating platforms, crossbars, and antennas, or die trying. The meticulously enhanced graphic overhaul displays a blend of fantasy and realistic environments designed to pull players deeper into the game's sense of place and deepened lore.
Longtime villain Alad V's twisted experiments with Sentient technology have yielded hideous cyborg-like results -- Amalgam variants and Jetpack Agents -- whose laboratories hide a deeper sinister plot. Through new Sabotage, Rescue and Spy missions, and even a new gameplay mode, "Disruption", Tenno will piece together frightening tidbits of lore that could lay the groundwork for a looming war -- all before confronting Gas City's deadliest threat, the ever-present menace, the flying Ropalolyst.
The Jovian Concord brings with it the second new Warframe of 2019, the ethereal Wisp. Players will glide across the battlefield wielding her light-based Abilities to provide support to allies, deceive them with her unique Passive -- turning her invisible in air -- or incinerate them to ashes using four devastating Abilities.
Download Warframe's The Jovian Concord today on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch™ today for free.
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LOS ANGELES, CA – June 10, 2019 – Canadian developer and publisher Digital Extremes revealed today the first new footage since TennoCon 2018 showcasing Warframe®'s Empyrean expansion (previously called Codename: Railjack), at the Electronic Entertainment Exposition in Los Angeles, California.
Empyrean is Digital Extremes' ambitious cooperative space combat expansion, launching 1-4 players seamlessly from land into space into cooperative, tactical, ship-to-ship combat. For more Empyrean news, watch the trailer now and prepare to watch the biggest TennoCon event ever this summer on Saturday, July 6.
To help celebrate our community at this year's TennoCon, Digital Extremes will give away a free Warframe for those who watch TennoLive (the final hour of TennoCon). Watch the stream at www.twitch.tv/warframe for 30 consecutive minutes with your Twitch and Warframe accounts linked and you'll get Nekros Prime for free!
If you're a fan of Warframe, you might want to snatch up some tickets for Tennocon 2019, the next event that's all about Warframe. Wondering what Digital Extremes has planned for the event? Well you're in luck, as the official event schedule has just been shared. Check out the full calendar of events here! Tennocon 2019 kicks off July 6th, 2019.