For the third time, we here at Digital Extremes are embarking on a passionate project in Warframe we call a Cinematic Quest. The Sacrifice, the next in our Cinematic Quest library, continues to explore the burning questions, “Who are the Tenno? What is a Warframe?” and the more recent, “Why did the Lotus leave me?”
In our fifth year of Warframe, we’re taking the necessary time to construct and deliver that passion. We readily admit we’re holding back from telling you too much upfront: We don’t want to spoil anything! But it’s fair to say that The Sacrifice’s storyline will thrust players into numerous situations that will question your past and future. Your main drive is the yearning to understand the disappearance of “Space Mom.” To prepare you for The Sacrifice, let’s take a look back at how we got here.
The first Cinematic Quest, The Second Dream, revealed the Operator, young human-like beings (called the Tenno), who are gifted with extraordinary abilities over Warframes. My personal favorite memory of The Second Dream is a cutscene containing the Stalker, and my most beloved Warframe.
Approximately one year later, The War Within, the next Cinematic Quest, took the premise of The Second Dream and built on it by exploring the synergy of Warframes and Operators. Along with a series of trials designed to challenge the Tenno’s prowess, The War Within delves into the emotionally charged origin of the Grineer Empire rulers (the Twin Queens), the Conclave Master (Teshin), and the truth behind the Zariman Ten-Zero incident. A memorable moment for me will always be the “Golden Maw” encounter.
Upon completing the Chains of Harrow quest, players will find themselves treated to a short yet detrimental Quest. Mixing brief gameplay and cutscenes this bridge-style Quest reveals a mind-bending interaction between Ballas, a high-ranking Orokin prior to the fall of the Orokin Empire, and the Lotus, leading directly into The Sacrifice.
I hope this article has given you a glimmer of insight as you travel through your Warframe journey to get here. To really know it though, you’ve got to play it. How should you prepare yourself, Tenno? My recommendation is to embark upon and complete these quests: The Second Dream, The War Within, Chains of Harrows, and the Apostasy Prologue. Are you prepared for The Sacrifice?