Digital Extremes, the folks behind The Darkness 2 and the pleasantly solid but admittedly rather unnecessary) multiplayer component of Bioshock 2 have announced their new project: free-to-play shooter, Warframe.
"Warframe is a new name for an old game," said DE's chief creative director, Steve Sinclair.
"It was a shelved concept we kept coming back to. High-tech machine-gun ninjas set in a far-future, over-hyphenated, Manga-Dune mash-up. Free-to-play lets us take risks. It allows us to build Warframe with our players."
Plotwise, there's an oppressed an enslaved alien race called the Tenno, whose only instrument of rebellion against the rule of their monstrous overlords - the Grineer - is an "ancient exo-skeletal technology only they can operate"...the titual warframes.
These warframes can be augmented with combat enhancements and customised as players progress through the game. Currently, the game stands to provide a four player co-operative experience, with gamers coming together to engage in procedurally generated PvE missions.
CEO James Schmalz explained the decision to go free-to-play.
"We've heard for years now that PC gaming is dead," he said. "It isn't dead; it just went underground for a few years and is now re-emerging with this massively growing free-to-play market that has matured to the point where the quality of games we're seeing rivals many AAA retail games.
"In many ways, we're going back to our PC action-based roots. Free-to-play is like shareware 2.0! Once again, we're connected directly to our end-user. They decide whether or not to pay for their experience and we listen to their feedback and continually improve the experience to make it worth paying for. Game development as it should be."
You can sign up for the closed beta that arrives this August over on the official site.