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Warframe’s Heart Of Deimos Adds Chaotic Open-World, New Frame Upgrade System

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First shown during Digital Extreme’s TennoCon 2020 livestream, Warframe‘s Heart of Deimos expansion introduces a dark storyline set in the game’s next open world location on Marsmoon.

In this large-scale update to the online action-RPG, you’ll face off against new hordes of the Infested who have taken control of the moon Deimos, wresting control from the lost Entrati family.

While exploring the moon, you’ll acquire new armaments of power, including a customizable mech suit, and even unlock the means to enhance your suite of characters further–but at a steep cost.

Before its debut at TennoCon, GameSpot had the opportunity to check out an early look at the Heart of Deimos expansion.

The new content will be open to all players who have unlocked Mars on the star map, allowing newcomers and veterans to jump into the new story focusing on the Infested control of Mars’ moon.

Encompassing the surface as well as a large, procedurally generated network of underground caverns, you’ll explore a section of Deimos known as the Cambion Drift to aid the remnants of the Entrati family, while also unlocking the true power of the Helminth, which has been tucked away on your ship.

In addition to a new open world, the expansion will add another layer to the game’s extensive customization systems.

One of the more surprising new additions to the update is the means to expand your Frame‘s powers by granting it abilities from different characters.

This new way to upgrade Frames also speaks to the way Heart of Deimos continues with the tradition of massive expansions that shake things up in the online game.

Speaking with Digital Extremes chief operator officer Sheldon Carter before TennoCon 2020, he went into detail about what’s to come with the expansion that not only introduces a new open world but re-examines many of the game’s existing systems and Frames.

‘Because we’re going to do an open world again, we wanted to make sure that we’re tightly packing that experience.

We want it to have something for players that would feel like a really tightly packed open world with different traversal options with your K-Drive, but also focus on the core Warframe experience of procedural content you go through the tunnels underneath.

At the same time, there will be new ways to play the game with the Helminth system, so you’re going to be mixing and matching Warframe powers, which is new and different.

So it’s one expansion where we felt it worked well for the stories that we want to tell within the game, focusing on the Entrati family and the Infested.

So yeah, working on Heart of Deimos was an interesting opportunity.

In addition to facing off against new forms of Infested on Deimos, it will also become apparent they have significant control of the state of things on the moon.

In 2019, Warframe also introduced large-scale ship combat with the Railjack, allowing teams of players to work together to pilot a ship against enemies.

According to Carter, Heart of Deimos is the next way for Digital Extremes to make a big shift for Warframe.


Releasing simultaneously on August 25 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, Heart of Deimos looks to be another massive game-changer for Warframe.

In addition to this new expansion, Digital Extremes also revealed the next Frame coming to the game, Xaku, which will arrive with the new expansion.