Created by the developers of Digital Extremes, Warframe is going to be a ninja shooter that will be free-to-play when the PS4 launches this November. Steven Sinclair, the creative director described how working for Sony was such an easy decision.
“We had, probably, a 30-second conversation about if we should do it. [Sony] squeezed themselves to send us as many dev kits as possible and three months later we were on the [E3] show floor at PlayStation 4 showing Warframe playable.”
Warframe was originally created for PC, where it will still be available. It seems that Sony has snagged the game for its new console which wasn’t hard to develop for, since the two platforms are quite similar.
“Warframe supported 64-bit and DirectX 11 for a long time, and there’s a lot of commonality in that sort of architecture with what they’re doing on PS4. They’ve got a lot of cores on there, so, I was every surprised how fast we got up and running – I think Sony was as well.”
“When we went to [E3] and people said, ‘Holy smokes this is on PlayStation 4, it looks amazing.’ Maybe they were Warframe fans so they were just trying to appease us, but they said it was one of the best-looking games they saw at the show. In three months time, that’s a testament to how developer-friendly this version of PlayStation is. It’s absolutely awesome. What surprised me most is how kick-ass the GPU is – the graphics are super, super high-end.”
Sinclair was extremely impressed by the Dualshock 4 controller where he deems it, “the best game controller I’ve ever put my hands on.” The developers plan to make the game function even more with the PS4 controller, making the game more invigorating.
He goes on to say, “There are cool things on PS4 that we are taking advantage of. The DualShock 4 is the best game controller I’ve ever put my hands on, I’m so excited about it. It has touch screen controls. At E3 we showed little swipe gestures to activate your Warframe abilities that people thought was really cool. There are the ‘social features’ like the share button, all those integrated features where you can say ‘I just did this cool thing in Warframe’ and that pushes out over your network.”
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