Warframe’s sci-fi world is wonderfully complicated. Throughout its seven-year lifespan, it’s ebbed and flowed with numerous expansions, additions of in-depth lore, and specific narrative-focused quest lines. The problem with all this, however, is that the game may appear daunting to newer players.
As part of Digital Extremes efforts to remedy the problem, it’s created a new introduction cinematic that it hopes gives newer players a friendlier introduction to Warframe. The visual is crafted by Uncharted director Dan Trachtenberg, who you may also recognise as the director of 10 Cloverfield Lane, Black Mirror’s Playtest episode, and a short animation based on Portal.
The cinematic takes place in the Orokin Era during the Old War, which sees the original Warframes rebel against their Orokin masters. The unfurling story is primarily told through flashback as you see the first choosable Warframes – Excalibur, Mag, and Volt – battle against Dax Warriors in action scenes with proto-Grineer soldiers looming in the background. The new cinematic is about six minutes in length, and Digital Extremes hopes to implement it in game late 2019/ early 2020.