Warframe Studio Avoids Crunch By Handling Development As A Marathon Not A Sprint

Warframe, the free-to-play game developed by Digital Extremes, turned six years old in 2019. Though despite the game being out for quite some time the community around it is stronger than ever. One of the main reasons for it is the constant introduction of new content from the development studio. About how they approach the development of the game, Sheldon Carter, COO at Digital Extremes, talked with Eurogamer.

“…we’re very blessed to have a situation where we only have one immovable date every year, and that’s TennoCon, so we just want to make sure we have something that we can deliver for our fans so we know where we’re going with the game. Every other day other than that is fluid.”

 

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“Warframe is a game that’s been around for seven years and the reason why we’ve been around for so long is that our development team – generally speaking – take the idea that it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

 

“If we sprint, it’s not going to work, it’s not even a comment on crunch or the industry, it’s literally for our business model to work, we have to treat it like a marathon.If we did treat it like a sprint, we’d be dead. If we start losing our key developers because it’s too hard to work on this game, we wouldn’t.”

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Carter also mentioned the importance of remaining transparent with the community. The studio has dev streams where it informs the players on what they can expect to see in future. And Carter feels that the relationship built with the community allows them to have candid communication.

Can the Warframe model work for other developers?

If the Warframe model can work for other developers, Carter isn’t sure.

“I’m hesitant to say because I think every game is different. I personally lived in the classic build-and-release cycle for a really long time, and I know that’s incredibly hard to manage and to figure out and to meet deadlines, so I have a lot of sympathy and empathy for every developer that’s in a different position than we are. We’re in this great one, so I love it.”

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