Warframe’s Plains of Eidolon update is making a lot of heads turn. In a single update, the game has injected a breath of fresh air and new life into this once linear and threadbare world. It wasn’t always the case of course. Warframe is well known for its flashy ninja-robot combat and its super sleek progression systems. It’s fun on your first time, ticking off missions and gathering important materials to craft a brand new Warframe or weapon upgrade. Somewhere along the way, the novelty of it all dried up, and Plains of Eidolon was the perfect solution to get players looking in again. It introduces a new open world area with new activities to do, which will make a lot of veterans super happy. But what about if you’re new? Will new players be able to enjoy the update? Here are 3 things you should know before jumping in.
#1 You Can Play It But It Takes Awhile To Unlock
If you’re a brand new players hoping to jump straight it, tough luck. Plains of Eidolon will only take around two hours or more to unlock and access. You will always be aware of the update because of a mandatory quest to access it. That’s pretty fair though, considering that the game and its update is completely free to play, but one wonders why it isn’t a standalone? That way, new players can jump in and be “boosted” to start having fun right away. The reality is, the game’s main campaign is just a necessary grind that everyone, especially newbies, must complete before advancing.
#2 You’re Better Off Finishing The Main Campaign First
One of the most frustrating experiences for me in the Plains of Eidolon update is just how useless all this loot at stuff I’m getting is. The new activities such as fishing and all is actually pretty fun, and one look at the vendors will tell you that there’s a bunch of new upgrades found all over from different vendors that can significantly upgrade your character. Unfortunately, there’s a catch. For example, fish oil is a crucial crafting mat to make an Arching Launcher. You’ll definitely want it because it allows you to fly around the Eidolon map (who doesn’t want to fly?). The problem is, new players won’t unlock an Archwing until you complete a long quest chain found in the main campaign.
There’s plenty of things that work this way in the update. You stumble upon something cool, only to find out that you needed to have spent a certain amount of time or progression in the main campaign before it becomes useful to you. Therefore, new players, trust me, just focus on the main campain first, the Plains of Eidolon update can wait.
#3 The Grind Will Feel Familiar In The End
Unfortunately, new players will feel overwhelmed in the Plains. Veterans will feel the opposite – you’ve been grinding for ages already and the Plains offers you a fresh a new way to play. Newbies on the other hand, must juggle all the new materials and blueprints and double back to do the main campaign before any of the new stuff starts to make sense. And that sucks somewhat. Therefore, the best thing to do if you’re new is to simply grind Warframe’s main campaign before heading to the Plains of Eidolon.