Digital Extremes is known for the creative way it handles elements of the live-service genre. Take for example the almighty battle pass system that has taken over online games. Where other developers will give you a card with objectives to complete, Digital Extremes has decided to weave its battle pass directly into the game's world and lore.
Warframe overhauled the daily alert system that's been in place for the last six years with a new battle pass system called Nightwave. This isn't just a card with objectives though, Nightwave is actually an in-universe radio station where the DJ, Nora Night, talks gossip and rumors, but also daily and weekly challenges.
Complete Night's challenges and players can earn Nightwave rewards, including weapon mods and armor sets. What's even cooler is how Nora Night isn't just narrating objectives. She's acting out a full set as a pirate radio host, and each season of Nora Night will run for 10 weeks.
Aside from the presentation, Nightwave should be familiar to anyone who grinds battle passes in other games. Players can earn specific points (in this case "standing" with Nora) and will level up in tiers after a certain milestone. Each tier comes with a unique reward or item. Nora also has her own shop now which players can go to purchase goods using Wolf Creds, a new battle pass currency. The loot is themed around the story Nora Night weaves on her radio show.
Battle passes are the new norm in online games, especially since legal experts say they're more acceptable than loot boxes. Fortnite popularized the system, but other games like PUBG have incorporated them into their own games. In the case of Black Ops 4, a battle pass is just one of many different loot systems used to monetize the game.
Warframe's take on the battle pass is cool, but at the end of the day it's a system to keep players engaged with the content and earn more loot. But if you're already a Warframe player and you're looking for a little narrative to go along with your grinding, Digital Extremes has you covered.Thanks, Kotaku