As of the early hours of the Australian morning, Digital Extreme’s ongoing action title Warframe was released to the Nintendo Switch eShop. As per its bigger console brethren, Warframe Switch is free-to-play and includes almost all of the current content. That’s five years worth of updates, lore, and content.
At present, this version represents all content up to and including the release of the Mask of the Revenant, so it does not include the recently released Fortuna update, which was released last week on PC.
This content is also yet to hit PS4 and Xbox One, so it is likely this will be added when the content hits these other consoles. You can read all about Fortuna in my preview.
As someone who woke in the early hours to install the game, I can tell you that this is an incredible achievement. It looks and plays almost as well as it does on other consoles, and the controls are precise and intuitive. Panic Button has done it again; another impeccable port to the Switch!
To celebrate the release, Digital Extremes has also created a Starter Pack for new players. To access these items, players need to play through the Vor’s Prize quest and will be awarded the following on completion. Provided they check their in-game Inbox prior to Dec 4th;
- 3 Day Affinity Booster
- Orokin Catalyst
- Orokin Reactor
- 50k Credits
Other important things to note is that Warframe Switch supports both the Joy-Con controllers and the Pro Controller and Nintendo has allowed for Voice Chat to be handled in-game. That means there’s no need to use the Nintendo Online app.
There are some motion controls that have been implemented, but the game doesn’t make use of the touchscreen. At launch, Warframe Switch will be online only, but DE is looking at how they could potentially offer an offline mode. This is incredibly exciting as it means Switch players could play Warframe on the go without an internet connection.
Lastly, for existing players, Digital Extremes will be offering a window of time during which you can port your PC account over to the Switch. Once done, the two accounts will operate independently, but it is a good way to skip some of the early grind.
Note that this is not available for PS4 or Xbox One players as yet, but it may be offered in the future (no promises). To learn more about migrating accounts, click here to be taken to the official Warframe website.
I, for one, will be playing a lot more Warframe now that I can play it (virtually) anywhere. Yay!