Warframe; depending on who you are, is either one of your favorite games, or the incredibly popular game you’ve never heard of. In spite of what seems to be relative obscurity, free-to-play, Warframe by Canadian developer Digital Extremes is currently the 14th-most-played game on Steam, and enjoys considerable popularity on PS4 and Xbox One as well, coming in ahead of titles like The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt and Counter Strike. And part of the reason for that is Warframe‘s regular free updates.
Fair warning: from this point on, this article is going to contain spoilers, particularly if you haven’t completed The Second Dream.
Kavats? Excalibur Umbra? Well, Warframe‘s latest update, “The War Within,” is unique in the game’s history, as it’s rolling out in stages. The first stage, “Lunaro,” has already been released and as PC Gamer reports, introduces a new PVP mode to the game: an arena sport called, appropriately, Lunaro.
Lunaro plays out like most ball sports; you’ve got a ball and two goals, and you have to get that ball into the opposing team’s goal; in this case, using something akin to jai alai scoops.
Of course, even without the weapons, it is, being Warframe, still very much of a contact sport.
So that’s what has already been released and what we already know. Let’s move on to something a little more interesting; the next two stages of the update.
The official blurb from Digital Extremes gives us a few clues right away.
“Tenno, the next few weeks hold new and exciting changes for the Origin System. Explore new game modes, adventure with new companions, embark on a new cinematic Quest, master a new Warframe and much more!”
The “new game modes” is probably referencing Lunaro, although it suggests that there might be more on the way, so that’s worth keeping an eye out for.
New companions? We know that Digital Extremes has been planning the release of kavats for a while now – the catlike version of the doglike kubrow companions – and that they’ve recently popped up all over the game; Grineer Hyekka Masters have shown up with trained kavats, feral kavats that attack players during the Sands of Inaros quest, and they’ve also been spotted hanging out in the Orokin Derelicts. So it’s a fair bet that kavats are coming soon.
Put in context, it seems obvious that the solar rails are returning, although beyond that, there are no details. But players have been eagerly looking forward to their return for some time now, and hopefully, with the new PVP system in place, better than ever.
Finally, here’s the big one; “The War Within,” which is the core of the update. We know it’s going to feature a new quest and a new warframe. We also know that “The War Within” is a reference to The Lotus’ final comments at the end of the Second Dream cinematics, when the true Tenno are revealed. So that said, let’s take a look at the current launcher splash screen.
Not every player knows, though (in fact, most don’t) that Excalibur has a third variant beyond regular and Prime. Of course, that may be due to the fact that it’s only been released in China thus far: Excalibur Umbra.
Again, we don’t know a whole lot more, but we can manage some fairly solid speculation. The Tenno use the powers of the Void to do what they do – something to which the term “umbra” seems rather appropriate. The update itself is called “The War Within,” which seems like an appropriate venue to be introducing what may be a twisted version of regular frames.
We also know, if you’ve been paying attention, that there is an Infestation growing in the player’s landing craft, and that the whole “flesh of our flesh” thing hasn’t exactly been explored yet.
I hope you’ll join me in finding out.
[Image via Warframe/Digital Extremes]