Warframe is a third-person sci-fi shooter from the minds over at Digital Extremes. It sits as the 4th most played free-to-play game on Steam under titles like DOTA 2, Path of Exile, and Team Fortress 2. Needless to say, it has a huge player base and thus a lot of conversation circulates through the Warframe forums. One conversation in particular highlights a real struggle a lot of players have with the title, and that’s the lore, or lack there of.
This article will strive to not spoil any major plot points in the story thus far, but any links and outside sources will certainly have spoiler-y content. Browse at your own risk. With that said, for those who don’t know, the story of Warframe is rather convoluted and unclear. Even the Warframe Wikia isn’t entirely accepted in the community as 100% fact as seen by the comment section. With the ambiguity of most of the facts in the story missions mixed in with the ever-changing nature of the game in its perpetual Beta state, there’s really very little concrete information to hold onto.
Here’s a quick rundown of what we know: you are one of the Tenno, a race of ancient beings that have mastered the use of Warframe armour. You were awoken from cryostasis by a mysterious figure called the Lotus who looks over you like a mother. The world around you is plagued by war and violence as different factions fight amongst themselves. We also know that Digital Extremes’s previous game, Dark Sector, is canonically linked to Warframe but it is not a direct prequel or connected to the actual story in any way. If anything, it is only linked because many of the names and ideas from Dark Sector have made it into Warframe.
Here’s what we don’t know: pretty much everything else. The story missions seem to raise more questions than they answer and as you can see by the replies to the Warframe forum post we mentioned earlier, the information we get from them is pretty hazy. While there is solid lore for the other factions and planets that can be read through codex entries in-game, it doesn’t really pertain to the player character and their personal story.
If DE really wants to create a world in which players feel involved and immersed, then there needs to be a focus on the story surrounding Lotus and the Tenno. Many players are hoping that we will get more story clarification from the upcoming open-world update but DE’s track record tells us that we’ll likely just leave more confused than we were before.
Personally, I love Warframe for the gameplay, and plenty other players seem to as well. I am, however, a lore nerd who is always excited for a story that makes sense. I’d love it if Warframe had that. What do you think about Warframe’s lore? Let us know in the comments below.