There may not be a confirmed Soulframe release date still, but there are still a lot of things we know about the MMORPG. After being hinted at via a trademark filing during the first half of 2022, Warframe developer Digital Extremes officially announced the free-to-play game during TennoCon 2022.
Soulframe seems to be going in a different direction than Warframe with its setting and gameplay, despite the name suggesting a connection, but any other information has been scant, with Digital Extremes keeping their mouths shut on many aspects of the project. However, the developer has been dropping various hints since its reveal, including a potential release window for an early version of the game. With that in mind, here’s everything we know about Soulframe so far.
Soulframe release date speculation
Soulframe, which was only announced in July 2022, is still in early development and currently has no release date. The initial reveal trailer also doesn’t give a release window, which makes it even harder to narrow down when the game’s release might end. in a message to the community in July 2022, project lead Steve Sinclair stated that “Soulframe development has just officially started.” This implies that a full release is still a long way off, making a 2023, or even 2024, release window unlikely.
However, you may not have to wait ages to be able to play Soulframe in some form. Sinclair has mentioned that he hopes the team “may do some closed alpha stuff next year”. This could mean that a handful of players will be able to get their hands on the game as early as 2023, although this is currently not set in stone. There will also be regular development streams to keep players excited, as confirmed in an interview. Creative Director Geoff Crookes told us, “While we don’t have a release date or sharing window at this time, we plan to keep players engaged by regularly hosting development streams that will offer insights and insights into the progress of our games.” equipment”.
The Soulframe reveal trailer was the highlight of Tennocon 2022, showcasing the next big project from Digital Extremes. As a purely cinematic trailer, no actual gameplay footage was shown. However, it does give an idea of how the game will differ from the developer’s previous games, including Warframe.
Soulframe setting and story
Digital Extremes describes Soulframe as “heavily influenced by themes of nature, restoration, and exploration.” Unlike the futuristic locations and characters of Warframe, the world of Soulframe seems to lean more towards fantasy and magic. However, there are still hints that Soulframe won’t stray entirely from sci-fi, as the character designs still retain some futuristic elements, such as the player’s bionic arm.
That nature theme is also evident in the trailer, as the player helps the animals and joins them in battle. In an interview with the Washington Post, the Soulframe team names Princess Mononoke and The NeverEnding Story as inspirations for the game. With a strong focus on environmentalism in the former, perhaps the story could address the theme of environmental destruction, among other topics.
As for their links to Warframe, in a “Warframe/Soulframe Transition Stream,” the team states that while both titles are not in the same universe, they are working on Easter eggs and other connections to tie the two games together. While Soulframe is neither a prequel nor a sequel to Warframe, the developer hopes that these connections will at least give players something to pay attention to, with Crookes telling us, “Warframe players will notice some similarities in certain respects.” or elections.
Soul frame gameplay
At this time, no direct gameplay has been shown for Soulframe. However, the development team has shared some basic details since launch. We know the game will be open world, in direct contrast to the smaller missions of early Warframes. In the Washington Post interview, Sinclair also states that he’s “chasing that ‘short session but high immersion’ thing where you check in and walk out of your yurt and you’re where you last logged out,” so you should be able to stay. . in the open world at all times. In Warframe, you would be taken back to your spaceship between missions.
Creative director Geoff Crookes has also given The Post a glimpse of where he might be traveling outside of the hub area. According to Crookes, “the world itself is a bit angry about what has been done to it, and the underlying motives tend to change throughout the day”. In terms of gameplay, this could mean that some kind of procedural generation is being employed for the cave networks under the world. Perhaps this could lead to sections that might be familiar to Warframe players, allowing them to explore smaller random areas for rewards.
Soulframe is also expected to be slower paced than Warframe with a greater focus on melee weapons and close range magic. Geoff Crookes confirmed this for us, saying, “Warframe is a very fast-paced, hectic game, so we have to keep reminding ourselves to control it,” taking some inspiration from the Elden Ring combat pace.
Soulframe platforming and crossplay
There are currently no release platforms revealed for Soulframe. However, based on Warframe’s release history, a PC release is all but guaranteed. Console versions are harder to nail down, though current-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X|S releases seem like a given.
With no launch pads, it’s also unknown if Soulframe will support cross-play. For a long time, Warframe did not implement any kind of crossplay. This changed with the game’s release on PS5, allowing for cross-gen play between current and next-gen PlayStation consoles. It was also revealed during TennoCon 2022 that full cross-play between all systems would finally be coming, though this is still in development.
And that’s all we know about Soulframe so far. With development still in its early stages, it may be some time before more gameplay is shown, but we’ll update once we know more. If you can’t wait, why not check out our best Warframe builds and fill your time with DE’s other epic MMO?