Co-op shooter Warframe coming from Digital Extremes

The Darkness II developer Digital Extremes has found steady work on the side as a multiplayer hired gun, brought in to jazz up the online offerings of other games. Now it's putting that expertise to work on a game of its own, free-to-play co-op FPS 'Warframe' for PC.

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The Darkness II developer Digital Extremes has found steady work on the side as a multiplayer hired gun, brought in to jazz up the online offerings of other developers' games. Now it's putting that expertise to work on a game of its own, a free-to-play co-op shooter named Warframe for PC.

Warframe's set deep in space, where an enslaved race are fighting back against their oppressors with handy ancient 'warframe' exo-skeletons they've found. Missions are for squads of four players, and levels are procedurally generated so they're different each time.

"Warframe is a new name for an old game," chief creative director said in the announcement (via Blue's News). "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."

CEO James Schmalz added, "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."

Warframe is due to launch this winter, preceded this fall by a closed beta. You can sign up at the official Warframe site now to reserve your nickname, score a bonus weapon, and maybe get into the beta. Don't confuse it with Crytek's free-to-play co-op PC FPS Warface, though. War!

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    June 26, 2012 8:30 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Co-op FPS Warframe coming from Digital Extremes.

    The Darkness II developer Digital Extremes has found steady work on the side as a multiplayer hired gun, brought in to jazz up the online offerings of other games. Now it's putting that expertise to work on a game of its own, free-to-play co-op FPS 'Warframe' for PC.

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      June 26, 2012 9:36 AM

      hrmmm...this sounds interesting.

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      June 26, 2012 9:51 AM

      Digital Extremes hasn't really disappointed as of late.

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      June 26, 2012 10:07 AM

      LOL..."Free to play is like Shareware 2.0!!"

      So lame.

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      June 26, 2012 10:16 AM

      Looks very unique! Glad to see free-to-play is allowing for some new ideas to flow. Best of luck to them!

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      June 26, 2012 10:22 AM

      This looks like they brought back the original "Dark Sector" back from the grave. Looks like they might be even using some of the same assets from 2004.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd96sd2wwQY

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        June 26, 2012 11:03 AM

        I thought they released this game already, turns out I was thinking of WarPath.. a game they made around those Dark Sector days... maybe all of that crap happens in the same universe?

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          June 26, 2012 11:27 AM

          The more I look in to this it 'Warframe' is the original Dark Sector before the drastic change to the game that they did release in 2008. I appears that Digital Extremes took the Dark Sector (2004) updated the assets and game engine then made it a co-op experience. From the credit's from 2004 'Warframe' is using the same soundtrack from 'Dark Sector' with some updates. Music by "Yakudo"

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      June 26, 2012 1:49 PM

      Just one more video of original Dark Sector now named Warframe
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpr1DCQNyg4

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        June 26, 2012 3:20 PM

        Ive been wondering what ever happened to this game.

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      June 26, 2012 2:20 PM

      I like the "3 dimensional screenshot" approach they took with this trailer. Seems like a good way to show off pre-alpha assets.

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      June 26, 2012 4:21 PM

      I liked the constant cold war-style of escalation of powers between the player and the enemies in The Darkness II. The bad guys were constantly getting new gear and new skills which you had to counter in new ways. Way more interesting than the usual 'it's the same guys, but now you can shoot them twenty times' thing.

      I never actually tried that game's co-op, but if they can have a similar progression in this f2p thing it could be like mass effect 3 multiplayer but better. Maybe.