Soulframe is an upcoming MMO from Digital Extremes, the developer of Warframe. Introduced throughout TennoCon 2022, the sport is at the moment shrouded in thriller, though a prolonged reveal trailer supplied followers with their first take a look at this fantastical new world.
In stark distinction to Warframe’s fast-paced gameplay and sci-fi setting, Soulframe is grounded in nature and seeks to create a slower, extra methodical playstyle. From launch date and launch platforms to gameplay particulars and obtainable trailers, right here’s every part we learn about Soulframe.
Soulframe doesn’t but have a launch date. Improvement appears to have only just started on the sport, and we wouldn’t be shocked if it took a number of years to finish. Meaning 2022 is clearly out of the image, and 2023 is very unlikely.
No official platforms have been introduced for Soulframe right now. We’d anticipate to see it roll out in a trend just like Warframe — that’s, a PC model adopted by console ports — though it’s unclear if it’ll arrive on each last-gen and new-gen consoles. Seeing as its launch date is properly sooner or later, we’d be shocked if PS4 and Xbox One model had been in improvement.
The identical goes for Swap, which can not have the processing energy to run a recreation of this scope — until, after all, Digital Extremes makes just a few concessions for a port.
The Official Cinematic Reveal is Soulframe’s solely trailer. It runs simply shy of six minutes, providing hints on the ambiance Digital Extremes is making an attempt to seize and the way radically totally different it seems from Warframe. You possibly can test it out beneath.
No official gameplay has been revealed, however an interview with Steve Sinclair, former Warframe director, helped make clear what gamers can anticipate once they dive into the brand new fantasy recreation.
“The place Warframe is targeted on taking pictures, this one’s targeted on melee,” Sinclair mentioned. “The place Warframe is tremendous quick and loopy high-speed, this one’s going to be much more sluggish and heavy. However it nonetheless has loads of similarities to the style that we have now expertise in.”
Soulframe can be described as a “sister” to Warframe, as an alternative of a sequel, with procedurally generated ranges and a heavy give attention to cooperative play, however with a radically totally different setting and new story to inform. Geoff Crookes, artistic director on Soulframe, mentioned there shall be a bigger emphasis on exploration and a hub world that’s huge in scale.
Fight shall be a lot slower than its predecessor too, with melee-focused motion that’s sluggish and methodical. Regardless of the identify, nonetheless, Soulframe isn’t taking inspiration from Darkish Souls or Elden Ring. The workforce doesn’t wish to share concrete particulars on how the system will work proper now, however apparently they’ll be offering followers with common updates as improvement will get underway.
Digital Extremes is hoping to offer Soulframe the identical longevity as Warframe, with Sinclair stating he needs to “spend as a lot time with Soulframe as [he] has with Warframe.” If that’s the case, anticipate this free-to-play recreation to steal one other decade of your time.
Soulframe is closely targeted on cooperative play, however there’s no indication as to what that may seem like. If it’s something like Warframe, anticipate finding giant open zones that host dozens of gamers, with instanced ranges providing devoted content material for a small celebration. Every little thing about Soulframe’s multiplayer mode is concept at this level, however little question the workforce has constructed a strong basis with Warframe.
Whereas cooperative play appears to be on the core of Soulframe, there was no point out of aggressive PvP. Warframe gamers largely ignored this side in favor of its chaotic PvE, and it’s attainable Soulframe will forgo it fully. However simply because Digital Extremes hasn’t but revealed it doesn’t imply it gained’t exist. There are many melee-based multiplayer video games to tug inspiration from, together with For Honor and Naraka, and it’ll could be attention-grabbing to see if PvP suits into the developer’s plans.
Soulframe shall be a free-to-play title when it launches. No preorder bonuses are at the moment obtainable, though we would see some premium bundles crop within the coming years as we inch nearer to launch.
To study extra, you’ll be able to try the official Soulframe website.