The online free-to-play co-op third-person shooter game “Warframe” recently was the center of attention at TennoCon 2016. TennoCon is the first convention devoted exclusively to indie publisher and developer Digital Extreme’s “Warframe.” Hosted in London, Ontario, on July 9, 2016, over 1,100 “Warframe” players (known as Tenno) from around the world experienced a day full of panels, activities and tournaments for the players as the common ground through which they’d connect with each other and the game’s developers.
Digital Extremes pledged to donate 100 percent of all ticket sales from TennoCon to its official charitable partner, Outward Bound Canada. To that end, over $74,000 was raised from the convention.
Of the convention and “Warframe”‘s community spirit, Steve Sinclair, creative director at Digital Extremes, said: “I’m not often speechless, but there are no words I can say that captures the excitement and emotion felt when meeting so many fans today in person. It was an incredible experience for me and the entire ‘Warframe’ development team to see how games — our game — can bring people together in such a positive way. Our community is second to none, and they proved it by making our first TennoCon a huge success not only by attending, but also by raising a significant amount of money for a very good cause.”
It’s not a true blue game-focused convention without some news about the game itself to whet the appetites of its fans (and potential new fans). TennoCon 2016 offered “Warframe” news, too, closing the event with a live-streamed show on Twitch.tv for first-looks and teasers for the game. Straight from the official post-event press release, a few highlights include:
The War Within Teaser: The War Within will be the final installment of “Warframe”‘s latest three-part update, starting with the release of the new competitive sport mode, Lunaro, in June and followed by the Specters of the Rail last week. TennoCon 2016 attendees received a first-look at a cryptic teaser, featuring the Operator as well as Conclave Master, Teshin. Expect more news on what’s in store for Tenno in the next chapter of “Warframe”‘s storyline as the launch of The War Within draws nearer. Console players can expect to see The War Within update following its PC debut.
Titania Warframe Debut: “Warframe” Design Director Scott McGregor shared plans for designs and abilities for Titania, an all-new Warframe-in-development. Most exciting was plans for Titania’s ultimate ability, which will shrink the Warframe down to one-tenth of its normal size, allowing players to navigate levels in Archwing mode while attacking enemies with swarms of Titania’s vicious butterfly minions. Please note that all names and ability descriptions are not final at this point.
100 Days of “Warframe” Teaser: Working in partnership with Paul Otaking77077 and the good folks at mashed, “100 Days of Warframe” will be an action-packed animated video short that pays homage to “Warframe” and its awesome community with a humorous storyline based on the first 100 days after a Tenno awakens. Expect more news about “100 Days of Warframe” later this summer.
If you crave more info about “Warframe” and the TennoCon 2016 experience, check out the video from “Warframe”‘s official YouTube channel.