Warframe developer Digital Extremes has just announced its first new project in five years. Soulframe was introduced with a five-minute trailer showcasing a fantasy world where knights where glass-covered helmets and giant moose-like creatures come with antlers adorned with wind chimes.
Longtime Warframe director Steve Sinclair will take the lead in developing Soulframe. In an interview with The Washington PostSinclair described Soulframe as an action MMO very similar to Warframe, but leaning more heavily into fantasy themes.
But don’t think Soulframe will be the same as Warfarme with a different aesthetic. Sinclair said there will be significant differences between the two games, starting with combat.
“Where ‘Warframe’ is shooting focused, this one is melee focused,” Sinclair explained. “Where ‘Warframe’ is super fast and crazy at high speeds, this one is going to be a lot slower and cumbersome. But it still has a lot of similarities to the genre we have experience in.”
Despite the name, Soulframe’s combat isn’t entirely inspired by FromSoft’s Souls series. “But ‘Elden Ring’ has absolutely been a conversation starter – maybe because of the camera, maybe because of how excellent their fight pace is,” Sinclair noted. “And you know, fuck these guys, because fuck, [‘Elden Ring’] was absolutely fantastic.”
Sinclair described Soulframe as familiar to Warframe players, but with new themes. Warframe is about high-tech cyber ninjas, but Soulframe will draw inspiration from stories like Princess Mononoke and The NeverEnding Story and their ideas about man versus nature – themes that will shape the world of Soulframe.
” The vanity [in ‘Soulframe’] is that the world itself is a little mad at what has been done to it, and the floors below tend to change throughout the day,” said creative director Geoff Crookes. “So there is going to be proceduralism in cave systems and crevices and so on. under the world.”
Soulframe is still in its early stages, but Digital Extremes wanted to give gamers a look under the hood to elicit feedback early on. You can sign up to receive email notifications on the official Soulframe website.
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