Warframe Fortuna Update Has A Horrifying Twist

Warframe Fortuna Update Has A Horrifying Twist
FOREWARNING: This article contains MASSIVE spoilers for Warframe‘s Fortuna DLC. You’ve been warned. 

Okay, so Warframe is a pretty weird game. Don’t get me wrong – I love it, and I’ll spend hundreds of hours just to get my dumb little Atlas as overpowered as possible. But it’s well accepted at this point that the overall aesthetic and tone of Digital Extreme’s long-time MMO is odd at best. And in the new Fortuna update, things just got much weirder.

The Fortuna patch is Digital Extreme’s second go at a more “open-world” section of the game. Instead of the Plains of Eidolon (which only launched last year), players get to do rad hoverboard tricks, fight robo-spiders, and catch little critters in the Orb Vallis wasteland. But, as it turns out, there is an incredibly dark story lurking beneath this playful exterior.

Warframe Fortuna Solaris Reputation

Cyborgs Buried In Debt

Now the bulk of the story takes place on Venus, where the residents are ruled by debt. They owe this all to one Nef Anyo, a stuck up bourgeois of the Corpus (one of the enemy factions in the game). Every member of the Solaris faction owes an impossible amount to Anyo, with almost no chance of repayment.

As such, they slowly but surely get their body parts replaced with robotic rigs. These rigs are required in order to perform manual labor for Anyo. It is essentially slavery, but with forced limb replacement.

Players will quickly notice that every NPC they speak with is actually more robotic than human at this point. Honestly, it qualifies as some pretty surreal body-horror, even when compared to the biomechanical monstrosity that is your Warframe.

Forcefully Becoming A Machine

Warframe Fortuna Solaris Reputation

As you get further into debt, more of your body is replaced. If you cause trouble or don’t perform to Anyo’s standards, then you lose even more of your human limbs. Our player finds this out while working through the main story missions. You know, in between cute animal captures and Tony Hawk segments. Bit of a tonal rollercoaster honestly.

Anyway, you end up working with the resistance movement known as Solaris United, as one would expect. This means you also must perform daily bounties for them to increase your reputation. Anyone familiar with an MMO should know what reputation is.

With Max Rep Comes A Gut-Wrenching Twist

Getting your rep to the “Old Mate” status with the resistance is no easy feat. The expansion released on November 8, and player ‘6ArtemisFowl9’ just recently managed to get there (by the way nice name I love those books). At max rank, we find out that Anyo isn’t the only one hiding secrets from us. Watch this video first.

Did you watch the video? Okay. Massively terrifying, right? I mean I got the heebie-jeebies just from looking at her. So apparently, each member of the Solaris actually kept their most human part, their head, inside the chest cavity of their rig.

And now at max rank, they trust you enough to reveal their “true faces” to you. That’s right, every main NPC in the Fortuna colony now has their…head showing. Can’t run that back, no matter how much players have been asking.

How Does It Even Work?

Honestly, it is incredibly odd. Why keep your head in your chest? Why wouldn’t it just be on your, you know, head? Maybe this is Anyo’s way of demeaning the people of Venus even further by locking their true selves inside their borrowed bodies.

Warframe Fortuna Solaris Reputation

It’s some classic body horror, and I’m massively summarizing it. There is a lot more here to break down. There have been fans that have decoded audio logs to find out that the worst criminals of the bunch actually get their brains “shelved”.

I’m assuming that it is a Futurama sort of situation where you become a head in a jar, stuck in the most boring prison imaginable.

The Clues Were There

Looking back, Digital Extreme actually sprinkled hints to this revelation in a couple places. When Solaris United’s Leader Eudico speaks to you and Nef Anyo, you can see her face in the dialogue window. But now, with this context, we can notice that the background is clearly the inside of her rig.

Plus, the theme for the Fortuna Update has some chilling lyrics that allude to this twist as well. Specifically the part of the song that states “hide the heart of who we are”. These people are literally hiding their most vulnerable and real aspect inside.

Warframe Fortuna Solaris Reputation

It’s Worth A Look

This is all to say that the Fortuna update is a rip-snorting good time. Digital Extremes has been exponentially improving the quality of their pet project since its initial release in 2013.

Every new update they try something new, and each and every time they get better and better. Warframe really is one of the best free-to-play games out there, as there might be more than 1000 hours of content open to you for no charge.

Do yourself a favor and check out this update. Let us know how you like it, what your favorite frame is, and how long you’ve been immersed in the world of the Operator and their frames.

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    • BigCal-US

      I already hit max rank but this is a spoiler for anyone who hasnt reached max rank and that kinda pisses me off

      • Carl W

        The only real spoiler is the solaris showing their faces in their guts. I find it nauseating myself. Not humorous, not interesting, not something that adds any value to the game or it’s contradictory and convoluted story line. Anxious to finish up the basics here and leave fortuna behind unless some option to close those ugly sob’s up comes along. A couple more days and it will be straight to orb vallis and back to orbiter every time. TBH if I could reduce my solaris rep like I can with the primary syndicates, I’d do it just to avoid seeing that crap. I was sort of enjoying fortuna til i hit old mate. Maybe… if it wasn’t all so poorly done in a “looks cool to a 3rd grader” kind of way…dunno, but it bugs me in a way few things in games do. Took a couple days just to get past how campy the NPC’s look in fortuna anyhow-initially I thought there must be some fk up and the models weren’t built right.

        • Leliel

          We get it. You’re scared of heads not being in the right place. You can admit it, it’s called body horror for a reason.

          I hope there’s an option to close the chest at some point, because that gets disturbing, but in truth-it actually does show Solaris trusting you, because you can tell why they’re uncomfortable about their heads being in the wrong place. It’s disturbing, and frightens away people they aren’t close to.

          What makes it good is that the heads are…well, normal. They express perfectly well, and their robot heads follow their organic heads’ motions exactly. They’re still people, just ones who have been even more dehumanized than it appears (they aren’t even allowed to keep their face in the open! How sick is that!?).