Available today on Xbox One, The Deadlock Protocol is Warframe’s first traditional update of 2020. Unlike the space battle updates Empyrean and Operation Scarlet Spear, The Deadlock Protocol delves into Warframe’s earliest content. Working from home during this trying time, the Digital Extremes development team took on the bold task of re-thinking the game’s first Corpus levels from top to bottom.
Full of new and original backstory material revealing how the Corpus Faction came into being, remodeled with state-of-the-art graphics and levels incorporating nimble parkour action, and rich with a newly revamped boss fight and a new Warframe, The Deadlock Protocol is the kind of update players have been asking for.
The Deadlock Protocol, like Chains of Harrow and The Jovian Concord before it, integrates larger-scale story implications into the modern Warframe narrative. You must investigate the Corpus Faction’s desperate ploy to break their board’s political in-fighting. Through discovery, resource collection, and combat, you’ll learn how a small Corpus sub-faction has begun a devious plan to resurrect the faction’s founder, strengthen their armada, and bolster a growing space fleet to deploy against the Sentients and the Tenno. This revival poses an alarming new threat to the Origin System’s balance. Are you ready for a good fight, Tenno?
We’re hoping you are — because you’re going to get one! The 43rd Warframe, Protea, will hopefully light that spark to dive back into these reimagined environments.
The versatile Protea brings high-octane combat and advanced gadgets to the forefront. With weapons ranging from shrapnel grenades and sticky shield grenades to a powerful turret (where each successful hit increases its damage, causing projectiles to pierce enemies and hit multiple foes with a single shot), Protea offers a deadly mix of power, flexibility and fun.
When confronted by overwhelming odds, she has an even more powerful weapon at her fingertips — the Ability to rewind time! She can weave in and out of life-threatening fights by wielding the Temporal Anchor Ability. Imagine you’re blasting throngs of Corpus thugs, leaping off walls and delivering headshot after headshot, until you encounter a larger-than-normal army of Corpus thugs. Protea can drop a ‘time anchor’ to record the confrontation and begin the time-warping magic.
Working through a litany of her weapons to deal damage, she can then deactivate the Temporal Anchor at any time, rewind time back to the activation point, and restore all ammo, energy, shields, and health. As a kind of safety net, if she is downed while Temporal Anchor is active, she will automatically rewind to safety! Her three other Abilities, Grenade Fan, Blaze Artillery, and Dispensary, all provide a wide range of power and combative muscle to make her an excellent new part of your squad.
Last, this tileset brings new threats and challenges. The renewed Jackal boss, a fight sequence now extended across multiple levels, dares players to rethink their tactics against this aggressively revamped boss.
The new Granum Crowns bring a spendable currency that opens up a wild variety of gameplay options previously not available. Within every remastered mission, you’ll encounter a ‘Treasurer’, a devoted follower of Parvos Granum (play the quest to find out who he is!), and the keeper of Parvos’ Crowns, aka tokens.
By collecting three tiers of Crowns (each signifying a higher level of devotion than the last — Granum Crowns, Exemplar Granum Crowns, and Zenith Granum Crowns), and then “spending” them, Tenno can initiate challenges in Missions, search for Corpus Temple Reliefs or free prisoners in exchange for Standing. Granum Crowns also can be spent at the Corpus Temple Reliefs to learn more about the Founder.
In all, we’re aiming to show you in every way imaginable what we mean when we say we’ve ‘reimagined’ the Corpus Ship levels. It’s not a simple paint job, it’s a top to bottom remake. We hope to see you wielding time and taking down the Corpus soon, Tenno!