Digital Extremes has introduced throughout TennoCon 2022 that it is began growth on an entire new recreation. Titled Soulframe, the crew led by former Warframe senior workers Jeff Ross and Steve Sinclair, is a fantasy title — drifting away from the sci-fi setting Warframe has established over the previous seven years.
Of their place, Rebecca Ford is taking up as lead inventive director on Warframe. In an interview with us shortly earlier than TennoCon, she took us by way of the change, in addition to how she’s been secretly main the crew over the previous six months.
“It is rather a lot. It is overwhelming, it is thrilling. It is essentially one thing I did not know I wished to do. However now that I have been doing it for six months, I really feel that I can take excellent care of Warframe. We have been on this actually bizarre state of affairs proper now the place nobody is aware of, though it has been occurring for six months. The crew at Digital Extremes wished me to know that I wished to do it. They did not need to throw me to the wolf-frame, so to talk, and never give me an opportunity to say ‘whoa, this isn’t what I anticipated. That is not for me.’”
In an press launch despatched out following the announcement, inventive director on Soulframe Geoff Crookes writes: “With Soulframe’s worldbuilding and thematic components, we’re actually wanting to return to our childhood favorites and pull inspiration from the flowery fantasy worlds that we fell in love with rising up. Our crew is de facto on this concept of nature and humanity colliding and we’ll be exploring loads of these themes by way of our personal lens whereas taking part in with concepts of restoration and exploration.”
Along with the information of a brand new recreation being created in-house, Digital Extremes additionally introduced that it is beginning up indie-publishing help with Airship Syndicate — creators of Darksiders, Genesis and not too long ago, Ruined King: A League of Legends Story. The crew at Airship additionally gave a teaser of their upcoming MMO venture throughout TennoCon as a part of the announcement, embedded under.
In line with Ford, Digital Extremes is open to aiding within the creation of any style of recreation, not simply MMOs like Warframe, Soulframe, and Airship Syndicate’s upcoming title. “Actually, it is simply promising initiatives, and a studio that’s pleased with their imaginative and prescient and desires to do it the best means.”
For these updated with the historical past of Digital Extremes, that is definitely a reversal of fates in comparison with the place they discovered themselves in with Warframe’s launch in 2013. Again then, the sport was a final ditch try to save lots of the studio (brilliantly recorded within the No Clip documentary on the studio). Fortunately, it seems Warframe’s success has put the studio ready to department out to different initiatives.
“Actually, it is nearly extra stress, as a result of now you’ve gotten a hit story to match your self with,” says Ford. “It is a completely different flavour of stress. It is like getting off the curler coaster and right into a skydive. At the moment we’ve received people who find themselves saying goodbye to Warframe. Like Steve, he is labored right here for 25 years! Additionally, in loads of regards, so have Scott and Geoff. Possibly they thought Warframe was the very last thing they had been going to do, they usually might depart and say we did it, we did what we wished to do.”
“However now they get one other probability, and DE will get an opportunity to enter the fantasy style. So it is actually extra of a can we do fantasy, and the way will we use the teachings realized from Warframe with their expertise to use it to a distinct style? They had been comfy sufficient with the concept I might lead Warframe with the crew. You understand, we have now Pablo, and Megan, and an entire bunch of other people behind the scenes. Some individuals know, some do not, they usually belief us. So I belief them to do fantasy properly, they usually belief us to maintain Warframe going and do a superb job and make them proud.”
For more information on the most recent TennoCon bulletins, try our interviews with Rebecca Ford on The Duviri Paradox, in addition to the Velibreaker replace coming to Warframe!