Warframe’s next story chapter – The Sacrifice – is out

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Free-to-play space ninja sim Warframe has slowly evolved into the weird space opera that it always wanted to be. In-between the procedurally generated missions and resource farming, there are some genuinely dramatic scenes, some likeable characters and even a few bold, game-changing twists. Today marks the release of The Sacrifice, a new chapter in the story that developers Digital Extremes has been teasing for the past year.

To start The Sacrifice, you’re going to have to be completely caught up on the main story, including the Chains of Harrow quest. You also need to have built some personal quarters aboard your ship and found the little surprise waiting in there. I’d also recommend that you have a little Kuva (one of the newer resources) on hand. Not much; sixty will do – but it should help keep things moving. Beyond this little teaser trailer, there may be some mild, vague spoilers, so go play for yourself if you’re worried.

While dense with lore, foreshadowing and held together with a clever framing device, The Sacrifice might not have been be worth a year’s teasing. It’s a relatively short adventure a couple hours long, set across several planets. You’ll also be tussling with a bunch of Sentient enemies (who were never that thrilling to fight), although one new enemy variant does spice things up a bit. Almost inevitably, it also ends in yet another, even deeper cliffhanger that I’m hoping will be resolved before long.

While relatively brief, the completion reward is a new Warframe – Umbra Excalibur – already max level, and packing its own sword and a set of special linked mods. While it’s technically a variant of Excalibur (the first Frame of many players) it does have one massive perk; it has a will of its own. When you hop out to do stuff on foot, Umbra will follow and fight alongside you. Especially handy while fighting Sentient enemies, which Umbra’s mods are specialised against, providing a hint of things to come.

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Beyond new story gubbins, the UI got a major overhaul, as seen above. This update includes a new GPU particle engine, which looks quite frankly spectacular with some weapons and powers, and they’re planning on updating more later. You can see The Sacrifice’s full patch notes here. The next major update will likely add a new open-world map on Venus, featuring driveable vehicles and plenty of boxy Corpus architecture to clamber around on.

The Sacrifice update is a hefty 2.3gb download. Warframe itself remains free to play, available direct or via Steam. For newcomers baffled by all of this (I can’t blame you, honestly), check out our big Warframe Guide for Beginners and you’ll be able to tell your Kubrows from your Kavats in no time.

6 Comments

  1. BaronKreight says:

    I liked the quest even though couldn’t finish it. First time I got locked behind a wall. Second time the game crashed. They hotfixed several progression stoppers as they call them already.

    The new UI looks cool. I still feel like it’s inconsistent.

  2. Chromatose says:

    I love the huge loredump we got with that quest, and the presentation was top-notch, but holy mackerel did the amount of stunlocking enemies ever make me clench my teeth.

  3. 111uminate says:

    Digital Extremes impress yet again. I loved the quest. Yeah sure it has been a long wait, but much of that hype was generated by fans; DE actually spoke very little of it, so you can’t really argue that they “oversold” anything. The quest ended up being much longer than I thought it would be as well.

    What impressed me most oddly enough were the environments you visit throughout the quest. There’s some impressive tech wizardry going on under the hood in that engine for them to achieve the fidelity and beauty they did. Truly gorgeous looking. I’ve played Doom, Rage, the latest Bioshock; what they crafted here I would gladly compare them.

    The writing, whew .. Oh man. Definitely a mind trip, and a lot of questions were answered. It was all in all a good experience and well worth the time.

    • automatic says:

      It’s no wonder Rebecca slips she thinks Warframe fans are losers. The game is awesome and the quest was interesting, but comparing it to Doom is over the edge. The quest was incredibly short for something they announced a year ago. At least two missions from it were just fillers with no relevant content. The story is good but it leaves more holes for next quests to fill than answers. Compare this with other quest from the game, The War Within, and you’ll see what you’re saying is nonsense.

  4. Chaoslord AJ says:

    This willl be cool but I’m still clearing Mars so the content is yet far away for a long time.

  5. automatic says:

    FPS Pokemon has a new addition for you to catch. It’s the most popular character from the game, but now he has a scarf.

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