For the first time since canceling its most recent project more than five years ago, Digital Extremes is working on a new game after nearly a decade of effort on Warframe. Soulframe, a free-to-play MMO based in a fantasy universe, was announced by the company on Saturday.
Digital Extremes has revealed only a few details regarding Soulframe, other from a mysterious teaser trailer.
Geoff Crookes, the game’s creative director, revealed in an interview with The Washington Post that the game was inspired by The NeverEnding Story and Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke.
Soulframe will also investigate what happens when humans come into contact with nature. So, “the world is upset about what’s been done to it, and the ground underneath shifts throughout the day,” Crookes explained to the Post. “As a result, proceduralism will be present in the world’s caves and crevasses.”
Soulframe’s combat system emphasizes “slow and heavy” melee attacks. When Crookes and his team started working on the game, they had no intention of making a Soulslike, even though it became impossible to ignore FromSoftware’s most recent masterpiece.
According to Soulframe co-lead Steve Sinclair, “Elden Ring has been a source of considerable conversation—may be to do with the camera, maybe to do with how amazing their combat pacing is.” It’s like they don’t exist since Elden Ring was incredible.
Crookes and Sinclair noted that the game is still in its early stages of development. Like with Warframe, Digital Extremes also intends to involve the community in its production process for Soulframe. As a result, expect to see much behind-the-scenes content on Twitch. In addition, some players may be granted early access to the game within a year.