Warframe Switch release announced


Co-operative multiplayer sci-fi shooter Warframe is coming to Nintendo Switch, according to an announcement made by developer and publisher Digital Extremes on Saturday. Panic Button – the company behind high-profile Switch ports such as Rocket League and DOOM – will be on hand to help bring the game to the hybrid console. Here’s a trailer, to remind you just what Warframe is all about:

For the unaware, Warframe happens a long time ago in a galaxy not so far away. You’ll play as the Tenno, an ancient race awoken from cryo-sleep to restore balance to the force– erm, Solar System. Using your very own customisable suit of armour (otherwise known as a Warframe), you’ll be fighting your way alone or with friends through procedurally-generated science-fiction environments. It’s not an MMO, but each time you begin a mission you’ll be matchmaking with other players, unless you’re anti-social. If you’re anti-social, but also keen on socking it to your fellow players, you’ll be happy to hear that Warframe also has a PVP mode known as Conclave.

This little third-person open-world adventure game can currently boast a total of around 38 million registered players. Warframe is free-to-play, but obviously you’ll be able to spend cash on items that would otherwise be obtainable through praising the RNGods and grinding your little heart out. New loot means new gear, which means tougher enemies (which means new loot). If you like the Monster Hunter vibe, apparently this is the game for you.

Of course, there is one stand-out issue. Nintendo have yet to implement their online subscription service, and though it’s great to game with other players for free, the online capabilities of the Switch console are painfully basic. I suspect that a game like Warframe, that relies so heavily upon online multiplayer, will become something of a brand ambassador for the Switch’s upcoming ‘online overhaul.’ Or at least, that’s the hope. I would very much like to yell at my team-mates as they scythe their way through hordes of Infested.

Warframe does not have an official Switch release date as of yet – the game is in development, and that’s all we’ve got to go on. As I’ve already mentioned, the game is free to play (with in-game microtransactions) and will certainly require an internet connection. It is currently available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.