Warframe: The Rebirth (E3 2014 Xbox One Trailer) Analysis
E3 is here and it has brought us much excitement for the future of gaming. One announcement in particular has once again brought attention to Digital Extreme’s Warframe, which was rumored for some time to be released on Xbox One to complement the game’s release on PS4. This was largely unconfirmed until E3 this year, where a new trailer for the Xbox One release of the game was shown. The trailer is also on the PlayWarframe Youtube channel, and is embedded at the beginning of this post (link to it here).
When Digital Extremes announced Warframe for PS4, they put out a cinematic trailer entitled “The Call” to announce the PS4 version, followed by a trailer called “The Profit” that was released when the PS4 version was launched. The first trailer, “The Call”, explained the premise of the game to prospective players by showing a cinematic version of the game’s opening sequences and tutorial. In this trailer, one of the main villains, Captain Vor, was sliced in half by an Excalibur warframe. After the title sequence, a short clip teasing Captain Vor’s resurrection played. This was later dismissed by most players as DE’s way of explaining why players still had to fight Captain Vor in later boss battles. However, “The Rebirth”, the latest trailer, has proven that this is actually a key plot point in the overall lore of Warframe.
The trailer begins by showing Captain Vor walking in the midst of Grineer soldiers, with a glowing yellow light shining from his abdomen where he was cut in half. This yellow light was shown in the previous trailer, emanating from the Void Key that Captain Vor keeps on his person. The energy from the Key heals him, and it appears that he hasn’t fully recovered from his last encounter. He holds up the Void Key, and the Grineer troopers kneel before him. This is most likely to show his return to power, since presumably Sargas Ruk, another Grineer general, had taken his place while he was gone.
The rest of the trailer is a mix of gameplay footage and reused footage from older trailers. However, there is some newer clips that were made specifically for this trailer.
The first is a cinematic of a Loki and a Vauban sneaking up on Grineer soldiers on Ceres. There’s nothing too special or revealing about this clip, but is a nice touch nonetheless.
The second clip is of Sargas Ruk using his Hellstorm fire attack. This has already been seen in-game, and while the tileset looks different in the cinematic, nothing new or conclusive can be drawn from this.
The third clip is of a Trinity standing by what has been confirmed to be a domesticated Kubrow. In a developer livestream, Digital Extremes confirmed that players will be able to tame Kubrows and train them to fight alongside them in battle. This hints that Warframe Update 14 will most likely be released before or at the same time as the Xbox One version.
The fourth and final clip is of a Tenno ship flying across the screen. Previously, players could see a cinematic of their ship flying towards an enemy battleship in-game, before playing a mission. However, in a recent update, this cinematic was removed. Digital Extremes later confirmed that this was returning when the “Player Ships” update was released, which was set to be the main content of Update 14. This clip gives us a preview of what the new cinematic will look like, presumably with new animations and the new sound effect used in the trailer. What’s interesting about this clip, besides the sound effect, is the battle cruiser that the Tenno ship appears to be approaching. This is no ordinary battle cruiser; It’s a Formorian class ship, which is the most powerful of the Grineer’s battleships. These ships have only been used in special events in which players had to sabotage their power cores in order to prevent the Grineer from taking over the Solar system. Unfortunately, we cannot conclude anything from this brief clip about the return of the Formorian class ships.
Overall, this trailer doesn’t reveal too much, but it definitely gives us an idea of when Warframe’s Xbox One version and Update 14 will hit. Most likely, it will be released in a month, perhaps even sooner!
Join us next time as we tell you what Warframe Update 14 will look like, and then as we look to Warframe’s future!