The more than 3-year-old video game, "Warframe," is about to once again get a significant upgrade. This time around, the cooperative shooter is set to become a true massively multiplayer online (MMO) title that will make it somewhat similar to games such as Bungie's "Destiny."

Open world

The game's developer, Digital Extremes, officially announced at the 2017 TennoCon event over the weekend that the game was going to be receiving its first open world area that will allow Players to interact with each other in new ways. The open world area will be included in the game's upcoming "Plains of Eidolon" expansion, which is scheduled to be released sometime this year.

A different experience

Players of the game originally interacted with other players through different team-up missions that sported procedurally generated levels. However, the new areas, called Landscapes, will be static environments that will host all of the players that are online. Players will be able to fully explore the environment and interact with quest-giving non-Playable Characters (NPCs) and other players.

One landscape, which is a town called Cetus, will also sport its own day and night cycle. This is a feature that is brand new to the game and players will be able to take on different missions depending on the time of day. During the night, players will be able to take on the huge Eidolons by forming teams.

During the day, players can continue fighting against the Grineer clones. The "Plains of Eidolon" will also include brand new instances, which will be able to support up to 50 players at a time.

Unexpected evolution

In an interview with the game's community manager Rebecca Ford during the event, it was revealed that the developers simply followed what the community wanted and at the same time injected their own surprises for them as well.

The game itself has now evolved into a title that features a number of different genres. It was initially a free-to-play shooter, which eventually sported co-op and online modes. It features a complicated crafting and farming system that made is similar to other role-playing games. With the arrival of the "Plains of Eidolon" update, the game is set to transform into a truly different MMO title that old and new players should enjoy.

The game itself is considered by its developers to be a "rogue success" title, given that it has unexpectedly generated a large following without necessarily going mainstream. "Warframe" currently boasts a 26 million player base and that number is continually growing. The game has also consistently stayed at the top of the list as the most played game on Steam.