In case you missed the news, TennoCon, Warframe’s annual fan convention, is done and dusted for 2020! There was a bunch of demos on show this year, and what’s better? All of it is due to be released in just a few short weeks on August 25th.
While we have already published a large overview of the new open-world component of Heart of Deimos (so go give that a read for all the info!), the update actually contains a hell of a lot of new content, which was all covered off in the TennoLive event this morning. Best we summarise it all for you!
New Helminth Room & Ability Customisation
Yes, we covered this on the Heart of Deimos overview article, but it’s such massive news for Warframe that it just has to be repeated (in some ways, this might actually be THE biggest announcement made during the whole event)!
The Helminth room in the player’s orbiter will be evolving, and it will evolve in such a way that it will need to be fed. But this isn’t a one-way interaction – the Helminth Chrysalis, as it is to be known, will return favour by bestowing players with the capability to change warframe Abilities. There will be a few set new Abilities on offer from the Chrysalis itself, but even more surprisingly, feeding it a non-Prime warframe will provide the player with one curated Ability from that warframe that can then be injected into a separate warframe (and thus overwriting one of the chosen warframe’s Abilities)!
This is a very cool feature that can be removed (should you not like the Ability you chose) and can only be performed once per warframe – although we assume that removing the injected Ability will allow players to re-inject with a new one.
The possibilities are endless.
New Infested Enemies
Not conent with simply adding a whole new open-world in which to explore, Digital Extremes is also adding a whole cadre of new enemies – from the large to the small! Some of these will simply just need to be shot enough times to be taken out, while others will have some simple mechanics that need to be overcome in rder to beat them down. And there are a hell of a lot of them – including a floating pod that can drop beasties from the sky!
And, of course, your old favourites are here in their droves as well…
Rideable Velocipods and K-Drive Improvements
Not a joke! Given this is a new open-world, of course there are critters abound to be conserved and forever immortalised as Floofs (in-game plushies), but these Velocipods have the added bonus of… being rideable! Yes, now you can jump on the back of a giant dragonfly and flitter about the environment.
In addition, players can now use their Secondary weapon while on the back of these critters – AND on the back of their K-Drives! As something players have been clamouring for, this is a welcome addition that looks like a bunch of fun.
Oh, and while we are on the subject of critters… There are flying fish on Deimos. I expect we will need to catch them somehow.
New Player Experience
Teased at last year’s TennoCon with a cinematic introduction, the beginning of the game will be receiving a massive makeover as part of Heart of Deimos. While this will include the new cinematics, it will also include new starter weapons, a polished new quest, and better tutorials to get players more acquainted with the game. Long overdue, we’re looking forward to this one – it looks gorgeous.
And yes, more experienced players will be able to play the quest through as well, so nobody will be missing out.
New Warframe: Xaku
Earlier this year, DE put a callout to the community to help design a new warframe. The result is Xaku, the broken warframe who was rebuilt from broken warframe relics in the Void.
As such, his Abilities are based on both being broken and the Void itself – he can self destruct, causing his parts to fly off in all directions, causing damage to nearby enemies; he can also disarm enemies and use their own weapons against them; as well as a number of other Void and CC-focused Abilities.
He sounds like a whole lot of fun.
Hydroid Prime Trailer
Hydroid Prime was released in August 2017. and it has been a running joke among the Warframe community since that the Hydroid Prime trailer was promised and never released. Well… Here it is. Stop complaining, Tenno!
Watch it all for yourself!
There was a hell of a lot more shown off at TennoCon this year – Zephyr Deluxe skin by Liger Inazuka, a whole bunch of designs and concepts, the next couple of warframes to be release after Xaku, the fact that Deimos will also replace the current derelict system, TennoGen Prex cards coming during a Twitch promotion after release, and so on, but the above outlines all of the most important components of the Heart of Deimos update which will be shipping August 25, 2020.