Warframe is known for being a solid free-to-play shooter set in a sci-fi universe. The developers, Digital Extremes, are in constant contact with the community and frequently make changes and implement ideas suggested by the player base, which is why this Reddit post is so interesting. The post, from Reddit user HoakinBlackForge, states that Warframe needs a complete stealth overhaul.
“…when i tried to make a stealth run with my ivara and full silenced loadout, i remembered why i never bothered again.”
The idea of redoing Warframe’s stealth mechanics is not new. The strategy for most players is to simply barrel through enemies and parkour through rooms rather than take their time and stealth. This is understandable, as nothing about Warframe really lends itself to stealth gameplay.
As Reddit users QuantumPancakeLord and Teridax68 point out, the game’s maps are not at all compatible with trying to be sneaky. There are very few places to properly hide and only one actual route to the end of a mission. Additional ways to travel to the ultimate destination would help with stealth, but it certainly wouldn’t fix it. There’s another big hurdle here that needs attention: enemy AI.
TheFlyingManRawkHawk put it into words quite nicely. “Almost all stealth games have a way for you to hide to get enemies off you, but in Warframe you just have to kill everyone and turn the alarms off.” Basically, in order for stealth to truly work in Warframe, the enemy AI would need to be torn down and rebuilt from the ground up. At this point, the only way to shake an enemy is to turn invisible, and once you’ve alerted one enemy, they are all on your trail.
Since Warframe’s tagline is “ninjas play free” you would expect some pretty solid stealth mechanics, but that’s just not the case currently. Could the game benefit from improving stealth gameplay? Absolutely. But how could it realistically be implemented?
Reddit user Propyro85 suggested an entirely new mission type designed specifically with stealth in mind. While it would be great to see brand new missions, it doesn’t necessarily have to go that far. Players could be tasked with Assassination, Capture, and of course Spy missions, but with small tweaks to the maps to allow for more stealthy maneuverability. Much like Archwing missions, new maps could be made, or pre-existing maps could at least be retrofitted for stealth use. This would also have to be coupled with updated AI so a single shot wouldn’t alert the entire room to your location.
The addition of better stealth mechanics really would add a lot to the game in terms of playstyles. Warframes like Loki and Ivara would have so much more use if missions could be tailored towards being sneaky instead of rushing in and doing massive amounts of damage.
Should Warframe improve its stealth mechanics? And if a brand new stealth-focused mission was to be implemented into the game, what would you want it to look like? Let us know! If you want more Warframe content, be sure to check out our last article where we broke down Harrow’s profile video.