Digital Extremes’ free-to-play sci-fi action effort Warframe is on the way to the PlayStation 4, which is a bit of a turn up for the books.
The previously PC-exclusive title will be a launch title for the new console, according to IGN, which ought to give it plenty of exposure.
The Dual Shock 4’s various special features will be used in-game, although details are not yet avaikable.
“Sony caught wind of [Warframe], and said, ‘hey, what do you think of bringing it over to PlayStation 4?’, and we were very surprised to hear that,” creative director Steve Sinclair said.
Sinclair said Sony has been “incredibly supportive and available” to the independent developer, and that the deal leaves Digital extremes with its rights.
“We don’t have to necessarily get into bed with a publisher and sell away our ideas and kind of lose our creative vision for the game,” he said.
The PlayStation 4 is “awesome”, and “incredible” to develop for, he added.
“I don’t want to speak disparagingly about any existing or prior platforms, but we showed Warframe for the first time to our entire studio, and everyone had their jaws on the floor, how 1080p, silky smooth and beautiful it was,” he said.
“So, I’m really, really enjoying working on the machine.”
Warframe is a procedurally-generated third-person co-op affair with loads of crafting and customisation, and multiple classes with various strengths, including melee. Sinclair describes it as “Mass Effect meets Ninja Gaiden”. It has over 1 million registered users.