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Cutting Loose: Warframe Closed Beta Begins

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Warframe continues to look like that combination of Mass Effect 3 multiplayer and space mutant ninja turtles rhinos that I never knew I wanted, but I’m certainly not complaining. Sure, I’m getting a bit burnt out on variations of horde mode, but not quite enough to turn down Warframe’s seemingly bounteous array of versatile powers. For all the promise it’s shown so far, though, the third-person shooter/slasher’s actually still fairly early. It just rounded the corner into closed beta, where it will remain for all of time. Or until it’s ready for full release in a few months. For now, though, Digital Extremes has put out a new dev diary to celebrate. Send your eyeballs past the break in an aesthetically pleasing series of neon-lit flips to view it. Hopefully the rest of your body will follow.

Looks pretty solid, right? Admittedly, the powers were a bit more interesting last time around, but I suppose it’s promising that even the basic tank classes have a few neat tricks. As for beta plans going forward, here’s how things will shake out:

“The Closed Beta test for Warframe has begun and we have slowly started adding players into the game. The first people to play the game were randomly chosen from our VIP list. And, over the coming months, we will continue to add new Beta testers to the mix.”

There is, however, a catch: getting onto the VIP list requires referring people to the game. Granted, that’s not the only way into the beta, but it definitely ups your chances. So that’s a bit obnoxious.

Now then, the obvious question of the hour: has anyone already gotten in? If so, is it decent? Obviously, it’s still months out from a full release, so this seems like a “real” beta – presumably with all the bugs and imbalances that implies. But how’s the foundation beneath all that?

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