Warframe’s new trailer bids us prepare for The Sacrifice


While it’s primarily known for its space-ninja action, hideously compelling grind and a vast number of suits of space-armour to collect, Warframe‘s fans speak of its central story arc with hushed reverence, which features a rich Dune-like universe and one of my favourite plot-twists in any game. The story has been dangling on a cliffhanger for a while, but this month it’s all¬†wrapping up. Within, an ominous teaser trailer and plenty of spoilers if you’ve not played through at least the Second Dream quest.

The trailer below highly recommends that in order to be prepared for The Sacrifice, players should complete The Second Dream, The War Within, Chains of Harrow and after all that, trigger the Apostasy Prologue by entering your shiny new personal quarters aboard your ship. It’s a lot to do, and will only really apply to players fairly experienced with the game, but it’s exciting stuff nonetheless.

This upcoming event is something that’s been long-teased by developers Digital Extremes. As far back as last July, they released their first trailer for this seemingly pivotal point in Warframe’s main story arc, which I’ve handily embedded below. Given some of the audio used and imagery (especially the crumbling lunar landscape), it implies that this may be another game-changer on par with the events of The Second Dream. Can lightning strike twice?

Warning: Potential SPOILERS and conjecture from this point on.

So, we’re continuing on from the dramatic twist in our crew quarters, where our space-mum – The Lotus – has been abducted by Ballas, the creepy Orokin science-bastard who can be heard narrating most of the Prime Warframe trailers. We’ve known for some time that he’s a very bad man indeed, but we also assumed he’d been dead for a very long time. Apparently not so much. We’ll probably be rescuing her over the course of this new chapter. Probably.

Part of the ‘required reading’ for this next chapter in the story is Chains of Harrow, which revolves around a Tenno that permanently bound his consciousness to his Warframe, allowing him to survive the death of his own flesh-and-blood body. Could this be hinting that we’re going to have to do the same? That does seem to be the implication in the title, but I wouldn’t put it past Digital Extremes to throw a bit of a curveball here.

Anyway, for those of you already caught up and waiting on the release of the new story stuff later this June, you can claim a 3-day XP booster and an Orokin tea-set decoration for your ship by entering the promo code¬†OLDFRIEND over here. So, what do you lot make of all this? Where do you think the story is going here? It seems likely that this is the end of the main story as we know it, but here’s hoping there’s a new arc planned for the future, at the very least.


  1. Darth Gangrel says:

    Why no “Staring Eyes” (or “Glowing Eyes”) tag?

  2. DatonKallandor says:

    I don’t think this will come even close to ending the main story, because this seems to have nothing to do with the main story. That’s the strangest thing about it – with at least 2 distinct main story threads still going, Apostasy opened up yet another one.

    Spoilers Here:

    Even if the Lotus/Ballas arc is finished in this (which would be weird, since it only just started in Apostasy), there’s still the evil conciousness from the Void infecting the player character, the Sentients, the Cetus tower, the Quills parallel universe shenanigans, etc.

    And let’s not forget the non-hostile Technocyte intelligence in your ship.

    The dream would be a flashback to the Orokin Victory celebration, but I’m not sure DE has the budget for that.

    • Dominic Tarason says:

      Given that they’ve been working on The Sacrifice for a full year at least, I wouldn’t be too surprised if it’s a multi-act deal, with the first chunk being chasing after Lotus, like you did in Natah, and then things escalating quickly into end-of-season finale territory after that.

  3. Luiz Paulo Santos Cruz says:

    For the looks of it and in theory.

    Can’t wait to eat a hell of a lot of candles, Delete my account and go to space north!

    • woggs123 says:

      I’d prefer to destroy my entire identity on a quest for transcendence, then sail to the Weird East at the behest of an annoying ex-False-Sun worshiper.

  4. death_au says:

    As someone who has only just barely gotten into Warframe and doesn’t really know the story (but doesn’t mind spoilers), is it just me that finds it really ominous that the trailer is pointing out people’s (absurdly long) play times? Could the ultimate sacrifice to view the story require a dump-all-progress character reset?

    • DatonKallandor says:

      Unlikely. Showing players with players and their cusomized avatars is a trailer gimmick they like to use and have before.

      A popular assumption is that you’ll sacrifice certain warframes to get different palette swap versions (Umbras) of them, which is…pretty meh if that’s what this all is leading up to. But for some reason people are really hype over a black Excalibur skin (which already exists as a finished asset in the chinese version of Warframe)

    • datreus says:

      Nope, those images are showing off the new UI changes.

  5. automatic says:

    The thing I like about Warframe lore is they do not try to paint protagonists as heroes and saviours. They are traumatized children turned into genocidal monsters used as weapons for political purposes. Although the villains are sterotypical there’s no clear good vs. evil. I won’t be surprised if this new update reveals at least some shady motivations from the Lotus character.

  6. Chaoslord AJ says:

    I just started out (second Questline). It looks cool but very confusing and I have no clue to the story other like I’m some Tenno in a suit and bullets all flying around.
    Definitely need to read up on the lore soon.

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