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‘Soulframe’ is a free-to-play MMO from the studio behind ‘Warframe’

After nearly a decade of work on  and more than five years since it canceled its , Digital Extremes is working on a new game. On Saturday, the studio , a free-to-play MMO set in a fantasy world. Outside of an enigmatic teaser trailer, Digital Extremes has shared only a few details about Soulframe.

In an interview with , creative director Geoff Crookes said the game draws inspiration from classics The NeverEnding Story and Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke. Like the latter, Soulframe will explore what happens when humans collide with the natural world. “The conceit [in Soulframe] is that the world itself is a little angry about what’s been done to it, and the grounds underneath tend to shift throughout the day,” Crookes told The Post. “So there’s going to be proceduralism within the cave networks and crevasses and so on underneath the world.”

From a gameplay standpoint, Soulframe primarily focuses on “slow and heavy” melee combat. Despite including “Soul” in the title, Crookes told The Post his team didn’t set out to create a Soulslike when they began work on the project – though it became impossible to ignore FromSoftware’s latest masterpiece. “ has absolutely been a subject of some conversation — maybe to do with camera, maybe to do with how excellent their combat pacing is,” said Soulframe co-lead Steve Sinclair. “And you know, screw those guys, because damn, [Elden Ring] was absolutely fantastic.”

Soulframe doesn’t have a release date yet, and both Crookes and Sinclair emphasized the game is still early in development, but like with Warframe, Digital Extremes plans to involve the community in the creation process. So expect frequent behind-the-scenes Twitch streams. Moreover, some fans could receive early access to the game within a year.

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Warframe is coming to mobile, complete with cross-platform play

Online games, especially ones that involve squads or PVP, live and die by how many people are actually playing the game at the same time. While each platform may have many players within their own walled gardens, there’s still something to be said when you can play on any platform and play with anyone on any platform. Warframe, one of the unexpected hits of the MMO genre, is promising exactly that as it expands its reach from PCs and consoles into mobile.

Warframe is probably an outlier in the MMO genre, and its success is almost short of being a miracle. Born at the height of free-to-play (F2P) MMOs, the action shooter eschewed the stigma of pay-to-win methods while delivering quality content on the same level as paid MMOs. Not only did Warframe manage to survive for nine years with such a business model, but it has also even expanded in both content and reach.

Launched for Windows initially, the game added support for the PS4 just a few months later, while Xbox One support would take almost a year to happen. It then spread to the Nintendo Switch, the PlayStation 5, and the Xbox Series X|S, in that order, and it seems ready to cast its net farther and wider than ever before.

At this year’s TennoCon event, developer Digital Extremes revealed two important ways the game is expanding. A mobile alone is already an impressive feat, but Digital Extremes is going the extra mile to enable cross-platform play and cross-platform saves as well. You can view the brief teaser video above, while the panel discussion below for the mobile port and cross-play feature starts at 17:28.

Warframe fans are probably excited, and interested players now have fewer excuses not to dive into the game. That said, Digital Extremes has yet to announce any timeline for the arrival of these features, but, given the quality of the demo, it probably isn’t that far away.

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