Warframe Dev Set to Be Acquired by MMO Company Perfect World and a Chicken Meat Supplier

Some players are already protesting the acquisition.

Warframe developer Digital Extremes is set to be acquired by massively multiplayer online games company Perfect World and Sumpo, a chicken meat products supplier.

According to a document from Sumpo, the companies entered a "non-binding term sheet" on June 30, 2014, and are now "conducting due diligence investigations over the affairs of Digital Extremes." Basically, Sumpo and Perfect World are finalizing the deal and Digital Extremes agreed not to solicit other offers in the meantime.

Some Warframe players are already objecting to the acquisition, fearing that Perfect World's involvement will have a negative impact on how the game is monetized. Users on the /r/Warframe subreddit are trying to organize a temporary boycott of the game, and at the time of writing a Change.org petition had already gathered 4,700 signatures urging Digital Extremes not to sell to Perfect World.

"You may have read something about the business development side of Digital Extremes and it may have you concerned," Digital Extremes Video Game Director Steve Sinclair said on the game's forums. "For legal reasons, we can't disclose specifics but if you know the history of Warframe you'd know that we are intent on having Warframe's design remain in the hands of Digital Extremes. Yes, opportunities will arise for us but the game itself is and will remain a labor of love."

Currently free-to-play on PC and PlayStation 4, Warframe is set to launch on Xbox One later this year.

For more on Warframe, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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80 comments
Hurvl
Hurvl

A chicken meat products supplier? So... will F2P in their case mean Free to Poultry? Mountain Dew and Doritos is nothing compared to chicken meat.

Johny_47
Johny_47

Hahahaha you know how stupid that title sounds? hahaa =P

oroelf
oroelf

Anytime Perfect World gets their hands on something, prepare to be nickel and dimed.

jasongm
jasongm

I tried this game, completely lost i don't know what I'm doing in it lol

severus92985
severus92985

I can see it now... Lock boxes dropping everywhere in defense and survival missions... It doesn't take a genious to know that this is going to turn WF into another Chinese money grabbing scheme disguised as a game.

hitomo
hitomo

they buying this game out ... it makes so much Money a bigger Company is paying the devs out to overtake it ... like when Facebook overtakes something ... the DE devs are made mans now ... I congratz them, somehow they deserved it for making the best third person action gameplay ever created


to bad it wasnt the original dark sector, anounced for next gen consoles when x360 and ps3 didnt evn had a Name and where just knowen as the new consoles ...

MatthewSnyder86
MatthewSnyder86

We enjoy having to pay a crapload of money, just so we can truly enjoy Warframe, leave it alone!!!

Penguinlord1
Penguinlord1

Perfect World is an absolute terrible company, they are arguably just as bad as Nexon. Personally think they can go f*ck themselves.

Anigmar
Anigmar

I'm calling it now, best conference in next E3 will be Sumpo's. 

mattcake
mattcake

What is your major malfunction soldier?! Chicken?

perphektxero
perphektxero

Hopefully the lower the pricing, as right now its completely insane what they want for some Warframes.  The game is fun, but not worth the time or money to get a warframe.

X-tract
X-tract

How is Perfect World supposed to fuck this up? The game is already terribly monetized :/

LoganDaDestroya
LoganDaDestroya

I can understand Perfect World being involved, but what the actual hell does a chicken supplier want with a game development company?


I can only envision an extremely wierd fast paced Sumpo action MMO game centered around chicken.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

Perfect World, like EA, corrupts whatever it is they touch. I haven't played the game myself, but this would keep me away forever.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Perfect World make some of the jankiest, boring MMOs ever. I've tried quite a few over the years because I've always liked MMOs but didn't want to pay subscriptions. 

Perfect World is one of the reasons I now PREFER to pay subscriptions on MMOs. You get what you pay for and for a massive open world that needs to have plenty of detail and character that is doubly or triply so.

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

Hm, the studio of PW... I don't know, everytime I think about a company buying a Dev group, I remember EA and Bioware. Plus, bigger companies are more aggressive towards profits and Digital Extremes has shown itself to be very generous about it. I don't know what to say, pros and cons are balanced.

shingui5
shingui5

Urgh, gamers are so whiny. 

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

A Chicken Meat Supplier?! Well, at least now the look of the enemy troops can be excused xD

wexorian
wexorian

Why ppl are negative about PF, they save sinking companies and they ain't making P2W games....

Acquire
Acquire

For the longest time I thought Warframe and Warface were the same thing.  Now I find out it's a chicken meat product.  Not even a real game :(

Maverick6585
Maverick6585

I'm confused, is chicken meat products supplier part of the name, or are they actually a chicken meats product supplier?

demondogx
demondogx

''Some Warframe players are already objecting to the acquisition, fearing that Perfect World's involvement will have a negative impact on how the game is monetized''

I'm sorry, but i already played this game, it was pretty solid but the monetization completely ruined it, to get anything of worth you will be grinding forever or pay up.

MN121MN
MN121MN

*Based in Cayman Islands*


This is not a good indicator.

Witchblade13
Witchblade13

Oh Perfect World, you gotta poke your crusted stick everywhere don't you? 

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

PWE is normally pretty good about their monetization practices, at least with Star Trek Online and Blacklight: Retribution. But Sumpo? WTF is the only appropriate response.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Nexon would be the only company that would be worse... so yeah, not good either way.  Nexon and Perfect World are like the EA and Activision of the east it seems.

MrMilkmann
MrMilkmann

Good thing I stopped playing long ago.

SHusien
SHusien

This game couldn't be any more of a cash grab than it already is. No need to petition.  Super "grindy" unless you pay cash.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

They're obviously just becoming a front for transporting meth in buckets of chicken gravy.

repetitiousv2
repetitiousv2

people will protest anything...except stuff that actually matters.

lilflipp
lilflipp

Chicken meat suppliers make the best video games. It is known.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

@Dannystaples14 Not sure why that matters here. If anything Digital Extremes could help push their quality threshold up.

4blizzard
4blizzard

@wexorian The game developers they take over, are always forced to turn their games into Grand fest-microtransactions clones of each other. The Western style of MMO's has gotten so over saturated that it's rare to find a MMO that isn't following that flawed blueprint. 

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@falboe031 

The game is free, spambot.

I really don't get it. if I'm trying to post a related and meaningful link to an article or a YOUTUBE video, my message is instantly in pending mode and surely bored mods will delete it in a couple of days. And this fellow posts links to scams. Isn't this frikin stupid?


Ohhhh, and the message is pending for some ironic reason.

It was a word that doesn't even exist in the vocabulary, an anagram. This is officially frikin stupid.

kyphe
kyphe

@demondogx Wait! so actually paying anything at all ruins a game for you? You think other people should pay for you or that the devs should work for free? I spent a total of £15 on this game using 50% and 75% discounts that everybody gets as log in bonuses. I will never have to pay another penny, this game is great value for money, all you need is some slots and you are set for life. So I have had over a year of gameplay for less than the price of a second hand retail game. 

noirtenshin
noirtenshin

@demondogx if you didn't know, on almost every major update, there were special events. Those events gave you a weapon or a frame, with catalyst (potato) and its own slot. Also there were random events that gave you other stuff that is also available for real money.

Most people download an app or widget that starts an alarm if one of the things you want (you can select all the things you want) is a rewards of the random events (so you don't even need to be playing the game).

So there were lots of way to get the "premium" stuff, without the grind (but true it takes time, but not time spent in the game). 


As someone who got to rank 8 (when the max was 10, about a year ago), if you want to enjoy the game without any limits, just buy the slots for frames and weapons (waiting for the events doesn't stop you, but kinda limits you to a few frames). But if you want to focus on 2-3 frames and 6-9 weapons, you don't need the slots or any "premium stuff" (just wait for the events).

the_curier
the_curier

@demondogx If you had tried to play it more than 1h and understand how stuff works then you wouldn't say that, your comment is almost a copy&paste of what every people who comes to any online game and want to get all the good stuff NOW say, and I call that BS,  there are plenty of players making plat without paying a cent, included me, smart people does it very well, organized people does it better and dumb and/or lazy and impatient people has to buy everything or take a week to farm a special part or blueprint or just leaving. 

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

@MN121MN The last time I heard the Cayman Islands and Video games having anything to do with each other, I was listening to an in-game advertisement in SimCopter.

Alekxander
Alekxander

@repetitiousv2 That's!...actually kinda true, at least in the context of the type of people that read articles on gaming sites. Hrm.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Carpetfluff It matters because Perfect World should be the ones being bought out and then erased not the ones doing the buying.