Digital Extremes has announced during TennoCon 2022 that they have begun to develop a completely new game. Titled SoulframeThe team, led by former Warframe employees Jeff Ross and Steve Sinclair, is a fantasy title – which drives away from the sci-fi environment that Warframe has established over the past seven years.
In their place, Rebecca Ford takes over as lead creative director on Warframe. In an interview with us just before TennoCon, she took us through the change, as well as how she has secretly led the team over the past six months.
“It’s a lot. It’s overwhelming, it’s exciting. It’s basically something I did not know I wanted to do. But now that I’ve been doing it for six months, I feel I can take good care of Warframe. We’ve been in this very strange situation right now where no one knows, even if it’s happened for six months. The team at Digital Extremes wanted me to know I wanted to do it. They did not want to throw me to the wolf gram, so to speak, and give me a chance to say ‘wow, this was not what I expected. It’s not for me. “
In a press release issued after the announcement, creative director of Soulframe Geoff Crookes writes: “With Soulframe’s world-building and thematic elements, we really look forward to going back to our childhood favorites and getting inspiration from the elaborate fantasy worlds we fell in love with. Our team is really interested in this idea of nature and humanity colliding and we will explore many of these themes through our own lens while playing with ideas of restoration and exploration. ”
In addition to the news that a new game is being created internally, Digital Extremes also announced that it is starting support for indie publishing with Airship Syndicate – the creators of Darksiders, Genesis and recently Ruined King: A League of Legends Story. The team at Airship also released a teaser of their upcoming MMO project during TennoCon as part of the announcement, embedded below.
According to Ford, Digital Extremes is open to helping create all game genres, not just MMOs like Warframe, Soulframe and Airship Syndicates upcoming titles. “Honestly, it’s just a promising project and a studio that is proud of its vision and wants to do it the right way.”
For those who are up to date with the story of Digital Extremes, this is truly a reversal of fate compared to the position they were in with Warframes launch in 2013. Back then, the game was one last attempt to save the studio (brilliantly recorded in the No Clip documentary in the studio). Thankfully, it seems that Warframes’ success has allowed the studio to branch out to other projects.
“Honestly, it’s almost more pressure, because now you have a success story to compare yourself to,” says Ford. “It’s a different taste of pressure. It’s like getting off the roller coaster and into a parachute jump. Right now we have people saying goodbye to Warframe. Like Steve, he’s worked here for 25 years! “In many ways, Scott and Geoff have. Maybe they thought Warframe was the last thing they would do, and they could leave and say we did, we did what we wanted to do.”
“But now they get a second chance, and THEY get a chance to get into the fantasy genre. So it’s really more that we can do fantasy, and how do we use the lessons from Warframe with their experience to apply it to another genre? They were comfortable enough with the idea that I would lead Warframe with the team. You know, we have Pablo and Megan, and a whole lot of other people behind the scenes. Some people know, others do not, and they trust us. So I trust that they do fantasy well, and they trust us to keep Warframe going and do a good job and make them proud. ”
For more information on the latest TennoCon announcements, check out ours interviews with Rebecca Ford at The Duviri Paradoxas well as Velibreaker update coming to Warframe!
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