Free-to-play business models and MMO style games are looking to be much more common on the upcoming next generation of consoles than they were on the last, and Canadian developer Digital Extremes is getting in early, announcing that its co-operative focused third-person shooter Warframe will be a launch title for the PlayStation 4.
Warframe originally launched in March 2013 for PC, and is avilable free-to-play over on playwarframe.com.
“The fact that we’re developing Warframe for the launch of the PS4 this fall is unbelievably awesome,” said Steve Sinclair, creative director at Digital Extremes. “The irony is not lost on me that our original sci-fi concept for this game was the first ever seen footage for the PS3 generation that never came to fruition until now. Exciting times are ahead with this next gen transition.”
As a co-op focused game that thrives on community and clan-building, Warframe will take full advantage of the social connectivity and community building features coming to the PlayStation®4 system. Some of the features involve the new enhanced DUAL SHOCK 4 controller that offers integrated audio, touch-pad controls and gameplay streaming capabilities. Additionally, 2nd screen functionality will come in the form of an Android and iOS App called Warframe Nexus. This companion app will allow players to perform in-game tasks and provide pertinent real-time game info while away from the PS4® system such as alerts to critical missions, crafting and building inventory, and scheduling gaming sessions with friends just to name a few.
A new trailer celebrating the announcement can be seen below.