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Warframe dev shares drop rates for nearly all the free-to-play game's loot

Digital Extremes notes that its monetization methods mean it has to pay special attention to how it balances in-game drops against gear players can purchase with real-world currency.

Alissa McAloon

July 3, 2017

1 Min Read

Warframe developer Digital Extremes has released an evolving list of nearly all the pieces of loot found in the PC version of the free-to-play game, complete with the exact chance players have of encountering each item. 

The full document sorts items by where they drop and then offers the rarity and drop rate. The loot table and corresponding rates for each item are generated from internal data and are set to update automatically whenever the developer pushes a patch.

In addition to boosting transparency for its players, this table has the added bonus of offering other developers insight into how this free-to-play game distributes loot and maintains a balance between those who craft gear and those who opt to pay real-world money for items instead.

Rather than sell random-chance lootboxes, Warframe gives players the option to either purchase an in-game currency that can be spent on new weapons and items or earn the parts required to craft those items through gameplay. By making the drop rates for crafting materials known, players can now better decide if they should gather materials manually or pick up an item through microtransactions.

It's also worth noting that a handful of other microtransaction-friendly games have made the odds for loot drops known, but for the most part, those publications have been led by legal requirements in countries like China rather than the developers themselves.

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Alissa McAloon

Publisher, GameDeveloper.com

As the Publisher of Game Developer, Alissa McAloon brings a decade of experience in the video game industry and media. When not working in the world of B2B game journalism, Alissa enjoys spending her time in the worlds of immersive sandbox games or dabbling in the occasional TTRPG.

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