Warframe, the free-to-play action video game developed by Digital Extremes rose in popularity when it launced on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, then spawned a solid comic book series published by Top Cow. This weekend, at the game’s very own TennoCon convention in London, Digital Extremes announced it would be bringing the game to Nintendo’s home/portable hybrid console the Nintendo Switch.
Produced in a partnership with a studio called Panic Button, this latest port to come to Nintendo and is being done by the same capable team that brought Doom and Rocket League over to the system. Currently, there’s no date on when Warframe will arrive on the Switch. Warframe is a sleek looking action RPG Game that takes players through the solar system as a techno-ninja known as Tenno, a race of ancient warriors wielding blade and gun, who are awakened from centuries of cryo-sleep by the mysterious guide, Lotus, to restore order throughout the Solar System. It defies what a free game can be on consoles and is in some ways a technical behemoth, while the announcement didn’t say every feature of the game would be available in the Switch version, Panic Button have not sliced any important features from the other ports of more demanding games its worked on Switch versions of.
The expansion onto Nintendo’s platform will once again stir the cauldron of cross-platform play talk. Currently, Warframe does not support it. Meaning if you play the game on an Xbox One, the same character and items collected will not move over to another system. It’s been a feature Digital Extremes has wanted to implement but as of yet, has not been the case. Nintendo and Microsoft have been taking jabs at Sony over its lack of cross-platform support and Warframe’s 38 million registered player number will certainly be another opportunity to add goodwill from another big audience if they aid Digital Extreme’s efforts in the cross-platform space.