Warframe’s reach has spanned all of the current-gen consoles, but with the PS5 and Xbox Series X on the horizon, will the F2P action game make the jump?
Nothing official has been announced yet but it’s looking likely that Warframe could be released on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The reveal, if you want to call it that, was made during Leyou Technologies’ — the parent company of Digital Extremes — latest earnings report (via MP1st).
Warframe is one of the most popular and well-known free-to-play games. It was originally released for PC in March 2013 before being ported to PlayStation 4 later in the year and then Xbox One in September 2014. It was most recently brought to Nintendo Switch in November 2018.
Despite the game’s growth, Warframe‘s year-over-year revenue actually dropped 12.2 percent. Leyou Technologies attributed the decrease to a number of factors, including an increase in competition in the genre, a lack of new console players (as everyone is waiting for next-gen consoles) and the time it took on the massive Empyrean update, which launched for PC in December 2019.
Leyou expressed optimism when talking about the future of Warframe, which apparently includes a launch on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The developer noted:
"“On the other hand, the Group was preparing to expand Warframe to more platforms, such as the next-generation consoles and other devices, to hedge the risk of contracting new users on consoles.”"
The PS5 and Xbox Series X are expected to launch around the same time this holiday season, but neither has an exact date. The recent coronavirus outbreak has shaken up the globe, affecting the supply chain for many industries, games included.
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Should both consoles launch as planned, it’s unclear if Warframe will be there at launch. If so, it would give players a free-to-play option, which would likely be welcomed by many who don’t want to drop another $60 or more on games to play on their new consoles.
Even if it launches shortly after the consoles release, you figure many current Warframe players plan on upgrading at some point. Digital Extremes has a chance to not only increase its player base with new PS5 and Xbox Series X owners, but also maintain their current players, whose progress will likely carry over to the new generation.
Warframe has amassed 57.5 million registered players, which is actually up 19.5 percent from the previous year’s 48 million. Holding on to these while also attracting new players will be key to the game’s growth moving forward.