Soulframe is the next game from Warframe developers Digital Extremes, and this new project inspired by Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke appears to be the “mirror universe version of Warframe” set in a fantasy world.
As reported by The Washington Post, Soulframe was announced at TennoCon 2022 and is being led by Warframe Director Steve Sinclair who is stepping down from his current role to help bring this new adventure to life.
Soulframe is a free-to-play open-world adventure that’s “heavily influenced by themes of nature, restoration, and exploration” alongside works such as Princess Mononoke and The NeverEnding Story. These inspirations will help the team build a world that is “the collision between industry and nature. In service of this, the world will show its displeasure with the actors who occupy it.”
” The vanity [in ‘Soulframe’] is that the world itself is a bit angry at what has been done to it, and the underlying motives tend to change throughout the day,” said creative director Geoff Crookes. “So there’s going to be proceduralism in cave systems and crevices and so on under the world.”
The game is still very early in development, but Sinclair notes that it will share Warframe’s emphasis on cooperative player versus environment combat and procedurally generated environments. Additionally, Soulframe will be a “suitably weird take on fantasy” and differ from Warframe’s “flesh robot-powered take on the sci-fi genre.”
The differences don’t end there either.
“Where ‘Warframe’ is shooting focused, this one is melee focused,” Sinclair said. “Where ‘Warframe’ is super fast and crazy at high speeds, this one will be a lot slower and cumbersome. But it still has a lot of similarities to the genre we have experience in.
Screenshots from the official Soulframe cinematic reveal
Soulframe appears to have a very open hub world that will be similar to Warframe’s new open world planets, but it will have a greater emphasis on exploration than its predecessor. The team also wants it to “feel more alive for the players any moment now”.
Since the game is called Soulframe, it might seem like Digital Extremes is also taking inspiration from Dark Souls or FromSoftware’s Elden Ring. However, this was not the plan they originally planned.
“I think it’s definitely not inspirational for the initial ideas or what we wanted to do,” Sinclair said. “Ironically, other titles that maybe borrowed from ‘Warframe’ could have been kind of a reverse influence. But ‘Elden Ring’ was absolutely a conversation piece – maybe because of the camera, maybe -be because of the excellence of their fighting rhythm. And you know, fuck these guys, because damn, [‘Elden Ring’] was absolutely fantastic.
Soulframe’s “basic concepts” began floating around the studio in 2019, and a very small team of mostly artists had been the only ones working on it until February. So why did Digital Extremes decide to announce the game now?
“Our work has been extremely community-driven,” Sinclair said. “It’s dishonest not to say [players] on the changes and who runs ‘Warframe.’ It’s way too early to announce ‘Soulframe’, actually! But in terms of being transparent and making sure they understand our way of thinking, we tend to be a lot more open…than most studios.
Sinclair and Crookes also said they don’t plan to be silent for years, as some games announced too soon tend to do, and instead plan to give fans a “look behind the curtain” soon. as possible. Additionally, “Digital Extremes diehards will be able to play a version of ‘Soulframe’ within a year.”
“What we want to try is to do the same thing as ‘Warframe’, which is ‘Hey, watch us make the game and get your hands on the big chunks and tell us what you feel,'” Sinclair said.
For those interested in learning more about Soulframe, be sure to head over to the game’s official website. updates.
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