Yesterday, Creative Director Rebecca Ford took to Twitter to announce that Warframe became Steams top seller on the Global sales chart.
11 years in we've reached a big milestone for Warframe. Currently the top 'selling' global game on steam (#1)! working with the team here has been incredible, and continuing to share our work with people out there means so much. pic.twitter.com/zHNySdAAAE
— rebb ford (@rebbford) January 17, 2024
This announcement was made shortly after the release of Gauss Prime in the game. As its launch has captured the hearts of the community with its absolutely incredible trailer.
But there is more to this story, as Warframe has been slowly climbing the most played list on Steam. It is currently sitting at number ten on that list and only being beaten out by the Steam Deck in Global sellers at the time of writing. However, this is no small feat for any game. Considering the popularity of titles such as Counter-Strike 2, Destiny 2 and Dota 2. But what has caused this recent uptick in popularity for the long-running MMO?
A Steady Release of Great Content for Warframe
Warframe has over the last twelve months delivered so much pivotal content for the game. From The Duviri Paradox that added a whole new open world with a rogue-lite, souls-like twist. As well as making so many important changes to long-standing systems in smaller updates like the Abyss of Dagath. Which simplified the many stat systems for warframes, as well as made companions into very viable options in general gameplay. While also adding more accessibility options. However, what I think has helped Warframe put itself back into the limelight was the release of Whispers in the Walls, the latest major expansion for the game.
Whispers in the Walls felt like a homerun for last year. As it not only added one of the best new zones to the game. But finally progressed the main narrative with so many surprises in the storytelling. There is also a new and fun raid-boss, as well as cool new endgame systems like Arcane Dissolution. This expansion did so much for Warframe, and at the start of the new year, Digital Extremes, the developers of the games began a new weekly stream to communicate more with its community. These new Devshorts help keep the community in the know, and boosting the morale of the playerbase helps so much in not only the short term, but long term.
As the days go on, will Warframe remain at the top? Time will tell, depending on the content they add and if Cross Save will remain open for everyone to opt into. But if one Prime warframe drop is able to put them in this position? I think they are going to be sitting pretty for a long time.