Warframe’s Plains of Eidolon expansion comes out this week with a ton of new features and content.
In case you haven’t heard, Warframe will finally be releasing its highly anticipated Plains of Eidolon expansion this week, much to the surprise of many fans. Although no concrete date has been announce, Plains of Eidolon is expected to release sometime towards the end of the week. PC players will be the first to be graced with this massive new content drop, with consoles receiving it sometime in November.
So, what is Plains of Eidolon? This new expansion is essentially a major overhaul to the game’s core mechanics, adding a massive 5 square kilometer land for your Tenno and Warframes to explore. A new story line will be implemented to cover the relevance of Plains of Eidolon with the Tenno and a new weapon crafting system will be implemented. Unlike your usual weapon craft, the Plains crafting system will allow you to make unique looking melee weapons, complete with varying stats and properties, based off of whatever parts you use to create it. There will also be a day/night system, with 100 minutes of sunlight and 50 minutes of night. This mechanic is used to compliment the addition of the massive Eidolons, sentient machines that roam the plains during nightfall. You will also be able to travel both on foot and in air, making your traveling very efficient and convenient for mission running and/or exploration. Although you are using your Archwing to travese by sky, you are only explicitly using its flight mechanism, Archwing weapons will not be accessible during flight.
New fishing and mining mechanics have also been added to Plains of Eidolon as well. Crafting a spear will allow you to fish and return your bounty to traders in the hub city of Cetus to create consumables to assist you during your exploration. Mining will give you rare gems that can be crafted into powerful accessories and weapons, with rarer gems found in hidden caverns. Cetus will host an array of different vendors who will sell a variety of different items for you. Cetus will have a bounty system, as well as stores that can allow you to forge your own unique weapon, refineries for gems, and traders who can sell you items to customize your companions and Orbiter. There are even vendors who sell paper mache Warframe masks for your Operator.
In Cetus, you can craft your custom weapon at Hok’s Anvil via component based crafting. The weapon, the Zaw, is a modular weapon that uses interchangeable parts that chances the weapons appearance, function, stance, and stats. The three parts -the strike, grip, and link – are all obtained via crafting blueprints you purchase from Hok. You can name your weapon and improve it with an item called Gilding as well, although were not sure what Gilding does exactly.
Digital Extremes is also dropping the Focus 2.0 overhaul, which changes the Operator skill tree to be more combat focused to accommodate for the changes made to your Operator. In Plains of Eidolon, your Operator will now have a more direct influence in gameplay, allowing you to equip them with armor and weapons to help them survive the Plains. According to DE, your Focus points will be refunded to you immediately at launch so that you can respec for the incoming content.
Finally the new glass Warframe Gara will be making their way to Plains, along with glass themed weapons to use. There are also new mod cards that can be equipped in sets to give the user a set bonus, which adds more abilities and buffs on top of what the mod cards provide individually. This is a pretty interesting addition to mod card use, as most cards unofficially worked in tandem with each other, but now you will have mods that will provide you with neat bonuses to improve your warframe and weapon performance. In more technical aspects, fall-off damage has been added to reduce effectiveness of weapons past 300m and the Gear Wheel gets minor updates to accommodate 12 items on it.
Are you hyped for this new content? Keep an eye out for more news about Plains of Eidolon, as we will review all the changes in depth when the content drops. DE has also partnered with Twitch once more to promote Twitch Prime, Twitch’s partnership with Amazon and their Prime membership. If you have a Prime membership, you can instantly unlock Soma Prime and Scindo Prime, high end weapons within the game. Also, if you haven’t done so already, check out Warframe on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, available for free.