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Here's 20 minutes of Warfame's time-looping The Duviri Paradox expansion

As part of this year’s TennoCon celebrations, Warframe developer Digital Extremes has given fans a nice big look at the free-to-play sci-fi shooters ambitious Duviri Paradox expansion, which is currently due to launch some time in “winter 2022”.

The Duviri Paradox will be Warframes latest open-world expansion, following the likes of Plains of Eidolon and Heart of Deimos, and plunges players into the extremely weird world of Duviri, featuring a sort of fantasy western aesthetic shot through with floating islands and fractals.

Its also a world that appears to exist inside of the head of new big bad Dominus Thrax, who additionally serves as its less-than-benevolent ruler. Everyone living within Thraxs domain is trapped inside an endless time loop, doomed to be executed over and over and over again.

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Warframe: The Duviri Paradox – Full 20-Minute Gameplay Deme.

In the single-player story mission that will serve as Warframes introduction to The Duviri Paradox and its new mechanics (part of which Digital Extremes showed during todays TennoCon), players are cast as a Drifter who, at the start of the quest, is sentenced to death by impalement. However, just as hes about to die, a mysterious dismembered hand falls to earth and, seizing his chance, he grabs it and begins his escape.

At that point, The Duviri Paradox switches to Warframes familiar third-person perspective as players attempt to escape the Kings Royal Island, using a combination of stealth and a sort of powerful blast move made possible by the Drifters peculiar new appendage. Should players be killed, though, the clock winds back to moments before the execution – revealing that Digital Extremes is, in its own words, “flirting with rogue-like elements” for this latest expansion.

Death doesnt mean a complete rewind, however; once off the starting island (with a fearsome dragon in pursuit), players can begin exploring the vast, weird expanse of Duviri proper. From this point on, activating strange stones around the world will create what are essentially respawn points, and, on each subsequent death, players can decide where exactly theyd like to resume their mission from.

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Theres also a shorters The Duviri Paradox trailer for those that dont have 20 minutes to spare.

Once out in the wild – which can be explored using the expansions new mode of transport, a skeletal horse-like creature known as the Kaithe – players will encounter deadly Dax Guards and tackle various puzzles as they attempt their escape. To aid in their exploration, players can make use of perks known as Decrees to tailor their build (a new selection to choose from are provided each day), enabling them to tackle different content as they explore.

Theres one other curious aspect of The Duviri Paradox that Digital Extremes isnt quite ready to talk about yet. As will be immediately obvious in the gameplay footage above, the new world primarily exists in stark black and white, with the strange new hand players find giving them the ability to imbue the landscape with colour. The developer notes other elements of colour will come into play too – its palette will shift depending on the mood of Dominus Thrax, for instance – but its not entirely clear how the system will work in gameplay terms.

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TennoCon 2022 – Veilbreaker Official Reveal Trailer.

While The Duviri Paradoxs “winter 2022” launch is still some way off, Digital Extremes will “soon” be releasing an iterim update known as Veilbreaker. This will include the games 50th Warframe – Styanax, inspired by Greek champions and other ancient warriors – and brings back fan-favourite New War character Kahl. Itll also see the return of New Wars previously solo-only Archon bosses, this time reworked to be harder and playable as part of Warframes more traditional four-player content.

Expect more details on all of the above as their various release dates draw nearer. And if you didnt catch todays TennoCon, you might have also missed Digital Extremes other major announcement: that the studio is currently working on a brand-new fantasy action-MMORPG called Soulframe, set in a sister universe to Warframe.

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