Warframe may not be the most straightforward game to get into, but once you’ve spent a few hours exploring the Sol System and immersing yourself in the game’s rich lore, you may find yourself hooked. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll play it for the long haul.

Nyx Prime, the mind-control warframe, may have been inspired by a Xenomorph queen.
Nyx Prime, the mind-control warframe, may have been inspired by a Xenomorph queen.
Screenshot by Nathan C. Arbuckle, a.k.a. “Daemondred”

My husband and I have been players of Warframe since beta. We were fortunate enough to buy into the game early enough to become Founders, meaning we paid for our copies even before Digital Extremes released the game. We didn’t have the funds to buy into the ultimate bundle, but we (and our two sons) got our copies of Excalibur Prime, who can never again be acquired any other way.

Check out The Founder’s Packs chart below for the cost and rewards in each tier:

TierCostRewards
Disciple Tier$20Special Disciple badge and 370 Platinum
Hunter Tier$50Special Hunter badge, 1220 Platinum, and Excalibur Prime
Master Tier$100Special Master badge, 3210 Platinum, Excalibur Prime, Skana Prime, and access to the Design Council
Grand Master Tier$250Special Grand Master badge, 8875 Platinum, Excalibur Prime, Skana Prime, Lato Prime, Design Council access, and a Solar Landmark

So what’s kept my husband and I faithful Warframe players for all these years? Here are 5 more reasons why we can’t stop playing this fantastic game.

Ash Prime, the ninja-styled warframe, uses smoke bombs and shuriken to disorient and defeat his enemies.
Ash Prime, the ninja-styled warframe, uses smoke bombs and shuriken to disorient and defeat his enemies.
Screenshot by Nathan C. Arbuckle, a.k.a. “Daemondred”

1. Warframe’s Developers Digital Extremes Listens to Players

Digital Extremes has worked very hard to improve the game, and it has transformed significantly since its release. Most of the updates focus on enhancing the quality of life and adding more gameplay elements, but few have stirred up a fair amount of controversy. The community can be (and has been) very vocal about the negative aspects of Warframe gameplay. The Digital Extremes development team listens to their player base and has worked hard to compromise between what the community wants and the direction they are trying to take the game.

2. Digital Extremes Updates Warframe Regularly

Digital Extremes introduces a new warframe approximately every three months, typically accompanied by a new weapon or two, along with some updated gameplay mode. Digital Extremes’ updates have done a relatively good job of keeping the game fresh and exciting, even for veteran players like myself, who have been playing since launch.

Inaros Prime, the most recent warframe added to the ever-growing list, is inspired by the gods of ancient Egypt.
Inaros Prime, the most recent warframe added to the ever-growing list, is inspired by the gods of ancient Egypt.

3. Warframe Has New Explorable Open-World Maps

The new open-world maps, The Plains of Eidolon and Orb Vallis, added a fun, fresh twist to the game and gave players two alternative ways to gather resources: mining and fishing. The Plains of Eidolon map was first introduced in October 2017, giving players access to two new in-game factions, the Ostron, and The Quills.

Orb Vallis came much later, in November 2018, and introduced three new factions: Solaris UnitedVox Solaris, and the Ventkids. Gaining reputation with any of these factions unlocks new modular weapons, cosmetics, and other unique gear items.

His ability to move at sonic speed makes Gauss a superb warframe choice for traversing the Plains of Eidolon.
His ability to move at sonic speed makes Gauss a superb warframe choice for traversing the Plains of Eidolon.

Warframe Takes the Fight Into Open Space

Warframe introduced a new space-simulation game mode called “Empyrean” in December 2019. These missions take place in open space, requiring the player to use a large capital ship called a “Railjack,” which can carry an entire squad of four players. Each team player operates a specific battle station: one to pilot the craft, two gunners on either side, and the fourth to watch for enemy boarding parties and control damage to the ship like fires and hull breaches.

5. Warframe’s Online Community Is Buzzing

Warframe has a very active online community that encompasses the Warframe Forums, streams on YouTube and Twitch, and the immensely popular Primetime which airs every Monday for Xbox, Tuesday for PS4, and Thursday for PC. Primetime is a community stream where the Community Managers play Warframe, show off fan art, share stories, and give away in-game currency called “Platinum” or “Plat.”

There is also the Warframe Devstream that airs every Friday, where (as the name implies) the development team of Warframe discusses the current state of the game and gives insight into future patches and content releases.


Warframe is not as forgiving to the casual player as it used to be when it was first released. It requires a significant investment in time and effort, especially with limited-duration events like the recently introduced Nightwave mechanic.

Season 1, “The Wolf of Saturn Six,” came out on February 27th, 2019, and lasted until May 19th, 2019. Season 2, “The Emissary,” started July 6th, 2019, and ended October 13th, 2019. As of this writing, we are on Season 3, “The Glassmaker,” which started on May 12th, 2020, and is currently ongoing.

Mag Prime, the magnetic warframe, waves goodbye from Lua.
Mag Prime, the magnetic warframe, waves goodbye from Lua.