For new and current players
Digital Extremes’ Warframe is closing in on its eighth year of operation and it is showing no signs of slowing down. The looter-shooter launched last month on the PlayStation 5, and an Xbox Series X version is in the works as well. However, before that happens, Warframe is making its way to the Epic Games Store, and it’s bringing some goodies along with it.
Starting today through Christmas Eve, new and current players who open or sign into an Epic Games Store account and download the game from the service will receive three guns skins modeled after popular weapons from Unreal Tournament.
The skins are part of the Unreal Tournament Weapon Bundle that includes:
- Flak Cannon Skin
- Rocket Launcher Skin
- Shock Rifle Skin
- Drakgoon Weapon w/ Slot
- Ogris Weapon w/ Slot
- Stahlta Weapon w/ Slot
- Essential Critical Chance Bundle
- Affinity Booster
Players who download from the Epic Game Store will also unlock the Synkra Syandana.
If this mash-up of Unreal Tournament and Warframe sounds a bit out of left field, you should know there is some history between Digital Extremes and Epic. The two companies go way back to when Digital Extremes was still making pinball games and Epic was called Epic MegaGames. James Schmalz, founder and CEO of Digital Extremes, actually developed the initial prototype for what would eventually become Unreal and the far more popular Unreal Tournament. The partnership between Schmalz’s Digital Extremes and Tim Sweeny’s Epic lasted all the way through Unreal Tournament 2004. There is a great, extensive interview with Schmalz by Danny O’Dwyer of Noclip that covers the history of Digital Extremes and the early years of the Unreal franchise.
In case you’re wondering if this is going to be a Rocket League-type situation, know that Warframe is not leaving Steam just because it’s coming to Epic Games Store. Same goes for the WF.com launcher. As for console players, it does not look like these Unreal Tournament skins will be coming our way, but with the recent launch of the Deimos: Arcana update, there is plenty of reason to dive back into the world of space ninjas.