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Warframe’s big plans include two expansions and surface-to-space combat

Go to Venus with Fortuna, and wage starship battles in Codename: Railjack

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Warframe’s major announcements at TennoCon, the expo celebrating the game, didn’t stop with news that the game was coming to Nintendo Switch. Warframe will bring a new faction and lore to the game with the expansion Fortuna, taking place in an open world environment on Venus. Moreover, another expansion will soon follow it.

Fortuna is the follow-on to the Plains of Eidolon update that came out in November 2017. The new faction is Solaris United, cyborgs who dwell “in the Blade Runner-esque Debt-Internment Colony, Fortuna,” Digital Extremes said in a statement. Fortuna serves as a hub city similar to Cetus in Plains of Eidolon. Players of the free-to-play co-operative shooter will find a Venusian sci-fi landscape bursting with “seascape flora, giant mushrooms, alien rock formations, rare creatures, and more.”

The second expansion coming is Codename: Railjack, which will come sometime after this year, and promises to take players from surface encounters in Fortuna to space combat. Players will team up and take on roles piloting a new spaceship, firing its weapons, and repairing or managing its shields. This 11-minute preview video gives a good idea of what that’s all about:

Two more Warframes — the game’s namesake are the biomechanical suits that give players unique abilities — will join the game, too.

Warframe is available for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. It launched in 2014 but has since seen a remarkable level of post-release support helping to make it the fourth-most popular game (by current players) on Steam.