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GamingWeAre WARFRAME Developers, AMA!

Sep 15th 2017 by DigitalExtremes • 41 Questions • 1047 Points

Hi friends, I'm excited to be here for another AMA.

I've been keeping busy these days with a few projects, including my venture fund and incubator Playground Global and my company Essential, which recently released our first product, Essential Phone. You can check it out here: https://www.essential.com/

Proof 360 photo: https://kuula.co/post/7lv71 Proof Tweet: https://twitter.com/Arubin/status/908402598771752960

I'm here with (in clock-wise order in the photo above): Linda Jiang, Essential's Head of Industrial Design; Dave Evans, Essential's VP of Design; Rebecca Zavin, Essential's VP of Software; Joe Tate, Essential's VP of Hardware.

We'll be here from 12 - 1pm PDT answering questions. Ask us anything!

EDIT: Thanks for joining us! We had a great time chatting with everyone today. We keep an eye on /r/essential so feel free to post topics there that you'd like us to see.

Q:

Is there a Forma Noggle in the works?

And doesn't that champagne still have the cork in?

A:

I'm the developer of Nova Launcher, the most popular replacement home screen for Android. We've been getting a ton of emails from Essential users complaining about how the Essential draws a large black notification bar instead of letting Nova, or any third party app not on your whitelist use the full screen. I'm aware of the adb commands to work around this, but that's not an ideal solution for end users.

How can I get my app white listed to use the full screen? It looks awful having a black bar over the wallpaper. Your users right now are early adopters, they're very likely to be power users who expect to be able to use a replacement launcher without issues. I'm used to dealing with OEM shenanigans but it doesn't even seem there is any hack I can do to use the full screen.

Please let developers opt-in to use the full screen. Or you could just use the standard Android APIs for insets. The creator of Android, you, had diverse hardware in mind. Embrace it!


Q:

I wish there was a Forma noggle... maybe one day. And yes... safety first!

A:

Hey! Message us directly and we'll whitelist you today! -Rebecca


Q:

Any plans to rework snipers before PoE?

Many players are dissatisfied with scope sway, hipfire inaccuracy, and combo decay mechanic.

Imo, i've always liked snipers as an idea but they are wholly outclassed in Warframe gameplay, even moreso by the recent sniper pistols.

Please make them good without strange "realistic" nerfs!

A:

What are your plans to address the widespread criticism of the PH-1's camera? What are the challenges and the plans for future software improvements on it?


Q:

Because the size of the Plains, we are going to take a look at them. Snipers are going to be very interesting in the Plains of Eidolon - we've been having a ton of fun with them in our playthroughs here so we do hope to tweak a bit before launch!

A:

Hi! We are pretty happy with the hardware design of the camera. We are using computational photography to fuse a monochrome and color sensors. That's the part we're not too happy about, but luckily it's software and we've already done a number of updates to the app to fix bug and add features. - andyR


Q:

Can "Warrior Mode" Operators be used outside of PoE?

A:

There have been reports of multiple software problems such as touches not registering properly (especially on the edges) and micro stuttering while scrolling. Are you guys working to address those issues? Also what other software issues are being worked on?

Note: my touch issues have been fixed with the recent OTA update but others haven't. Why would that be the case?


Q:

Yes, once you are Upgraded to Warrior there is no going back!

A:

We're happy we were able to address some of your issues! You'll see performance bug fixes continuing to roll out in our subsequent release. The top performance issue we are pursuing is that UI freeze up that turns out is lock contention in the System UI thread! Now that we're hot on it's trail we should have a fix soon. -Rebecca


Q:

When are Lato Vandal and Braton Vandal returning?

A:

What other snap-on attachments can we expect to see? Do you have plans to release a dedicated zoom camera attachment/set of prime lens attachments?


Q:

We have Braton Vandal slated as a reward for an upcoming event ... a past Devstream may have confirmed the Relay Building aspect. The current plan is to include it there, but no details on the event ETA!

A:

We are under development on a number of Click Connector accessories. The first available should be the charging dock. We are also actively developing a high end audio accessory to support a 3.5mm jack. We are continuing to look at supporting ideas, like cameras. -Joe


Q:

How many beanies does Steve own?

A:

Why not include Qi wireless charging in the phone itself? It doesn't look like the charging coil takes up that much room and the Essential wouldn't have hurt that much to be a little thicker to accommodate it if necessary. Is the material choice what prevented this from being included?


Q:

We have an equation for that...N+1. Where N is the number of beanies currently owned. You always need 1 more. - Dave, Producer!

A:

We are solving this with the charging dock, which is much more "Green" than Qi power as its more efficient and solves the "drop and charge" issue. -Joe


Q:

What will zenurik energy regen be replaced with, and will there be new options for passive energy gain during missions?

A:

What is essentials stand on custom development? When will kernel sources be released? Will you release factory images like google does with nexus/pixel devices? Will we see a SDK for the dual cameras so third party developers can use both rear cameras/360 cameras in their own apps? Android OREO ETA? I can go on but those are my top questions I would love to get answers to!


Q:

We answered something like this earlier, but based on the recurring interest we are definitely looking to include aspects of the loved Focus passives possible in the overhauled Arcanes.

A:

We are excited about supporting 3rd party developers. We'll be releasing our kernel and factory images in the next few days. Android O will be coming in the next month or two.

-Rebecca


Q:

With the announcement of the new Focus system, it's clear that we're losing Energy Overflow. This has been a staple of so many builds since Focus initially released, and those builds are now non-functional without a designated EV Trin/Harrow, lots of energy pads, or Arcane Energize. These alternatives are either extremely expensive or require one of the four players to switch to a completely support based frame, both of which are large sacrifices.

My question to you is what are your thoughts on the current 'energy economy'? Is there an intentional plan/design behind it?

A:

Can't wait to see a official Dev page some where on the essential site! Let's all hope it is a few days and not a few months like the phone release!

One more question regarding Android O, will you guys offer a beta channel like Android?


Q:

With all big changes we try to look at the systems it affects. We will be reviewing the use of this Focus ability and see if we still require it and if we do.. where can that ability live if it no longer fits within the new Focus system. Arcanes come to mind as a great place for something like this to go. One thing we failed to mention is new Arcanes will not be locked behind the Trials game play. So they will be someone easier to collect. (TBD on location) - Scott, Design Director.

A:

We're thinking about it. Upvote if you'd be in! -Rebecca


Q:

Hello!

Its been a while since we heard about Shield Gating. Have you made any progress design wise? I understand it will take a lot of time and balancing.

Edit: Also, what are the major challenges with it?

A:

Will this Android O update include Project Treble?


Q:

It hasn't made much progress - we do continue to argue about what the best way to implement it is. The challenges are really in the fact that no one really likes the OHKO, but deciding if this feature is the best way to solve that.

A:

Yes, but some of our HALs will be passthrough when we release O. We are committed to doing better and better over time, but we also want to get O to you as soon as possible. -Rebecca


Q:

How was the "umbra" series designed in the first place? what was the inspiration?

A:

I know it was stated that a case isnt needed for this phone, but for those that WANT a case, any chance we can get one from you guys? From what I've seen, your design team is top notch and I would love to see a case designed by y'all.


Q:

With Excalibur Prime on Founders lockdown in the Global build, we were tasked to create a version of Excalibur Prime for the China PC build...but it had to be different. Our Prime Warframes varied in Light and Dark colour schemes, so Mynki thought a dark version of Excalibur Prime would be cool. At the time, we were also working on PBR and newer cloth physics, and Umbra was an early test of that with extra shiny trim and a flowing syandana. The result was Excalibur Umbra. However...the concept for Umbra's design is not nearly as intriguing as our plans for it in the future. - Dave, Producer!

A:

We are working closely with several brands to produce cases for our phone, so they'll be coming from our friends and partners and not from Essential. We play nice with others, so we're supporting lots of requests from accessory companies!- Linda


Q:

Any updates on the team's experiments with Vulkan? I know it's highly unlikely that we'll get a Linux port, but even using Vulkan will give us Linux users an easier time running Warframe within WINE.

Edit: Also, will Sunday Steve make a return at some point?

A:

Feedback loop

Hi Andy - thanks for coming in... Team Essential - thanks to you too. I was on the fence until the latest camera and patch releases. Please understand how important it is for your customers that you guys live up to your promises i.e. delivering useful bug fixes and timely updates. To that effect, how can we participate in a support feedback loop? How can we send bugs and enhancement requests directly to the team and feel like we are part of the product improvement process? Thanks!


Q:

If I survive PoE I will try and stream again.

Vulkan is something we want to look at, hopefully in 2018 we can drop DX9 which would give us more breathing room to implement something like Vulkan.

  • Steve, Creative Director
A:

Thank you! We are going to keep rolling out those updates to you and we are definitely paying attention to your feedback. We're also working on a plan to support developers. Keep those comments coming!


Q:

Will the Stalker, G3 etc. be able to attack us on the Plains ?

A:

Can we expect Essential PH-1 to be released in Europe? Looking for a new phone and the Essential Phone would be perfect!


Q:

Only one way to find out... >:)

A:

Working on it as a priority. -andyR


Q:

A couple questions DE! THANK YOU!

Question about focus schools. If the schools completely change and we prefer a different school with this next update, will we be able to get a lens respec? I have Greater Zenurik lenses installed on a solid amount of my gear, I spent lots of plat on that and I would hate to buy new lenses only to replace the ones I already have. Any thoughts on this?

Will we be able to sell resources at CETUS? For any players with millions of resources with no direction for them?

Will there be a companion representing the "beasts" of the plain such as the birds? To tame an animal, a flying, live companion would be amazing and would allow for lots of creativity to create the dynamic between bird and frame/operator.

With the saving of the progress in the Plains, even though it's a massive area, does that mean there are a finite number of resources? Or will resources respawn randomly?

While CETUS is surrounded by water so traveling outside by land is "impossible" how do you control our flight over the outside borders of CETUS?

A:

Are the LTE reception problems on the essential phone fixable in software?


Q:

Regarding your last question, there is a giant containment field that traps the Eidolon (and you) within the 9km squared landscape.

As for your first one, the Lens respec is a really good point and we should consider it in the respec conversation.

A:

We have not heard of reception issues. We tested favorably vs. the competition in the labs. I'll have someone reach out and get your logs. - andyR


Q:

Hey guys! I purchased the Founder's Pack on Christmas day, 2012, and seeing you guys change over the years is honestly amazing. My question to you: How frequently do we get endgame rewards in Planes of Eidolon? As it is right now, there are very few things to do at the endgame, besides Sorties and Trials, and while I'm excited to fight Eidolons, I hope it doesn't turn into 'login once a day' activity once we get to the high level.

A:

It seems to be an issue with the modem hopping bands way too rapidly. More than happy to help.


Q:

Holy smokes, thank you! Yes we're hoping Eidolons refresh this end game experience for you. Adding more, making the type-specific rewards interesting (and high end)... this is what we're chasing (on top of greater freedom) - Steve!

A:

DM us please - andyR


Q:

If you guys ran an underground boxing ring, who would be champion at DE?

A:

Will Essential support ROMs and custom development by releasing the kernel source code and boot.img?

Will Essential support an upgrade program involving trade-ins for a discounted price on newer models?

Ps. I'm really enjoying the PH-1 right now, appreciate addressing bugs in software and feel camera is pretty good now! Thanks!


Q:

Atlas.

A:

Yes on ROMs. Not sure about trades-in yet. Startups need usually need to gain traction before that's financially possible. -andyR


Q:

Atlas works at DigitalExtremes?

A:

When can we expect white?


Q:

He holds the company on his shoulders.

A:

White is coming! Pure White ceramic is in build trials now. We're looking at a few weeks until they're in boxes and shipping, especially as we fill the manufacturing backlog on Moon Black. - Dave


Q:

Once POE is launched and established, what's the ETA (if any) on another open-space area, and is there any chance of a corpus city being a future open-world map?

A:

When do you plan on open sourcing the Essential connector?


Q:

Hmmmm! Expect information Soon TM!

A:

We have a reference design almost complete. Once ready, it will be made available to 3rd parties so they can easily integrate our connector into their products. This works for hobbyists as well! -andyR


Q:

Are acolytes returning? It's been 7 month and we really wanna see them again

A:

Hello Mr. Rubin,

So what do you think are going to be the most exciting new developments in smartphone technology in the coming years?


Q:

They will be back.. eventually. Plains of Eidolon is a huge brain sink for all of us haha, we haven't forgot about the Acolytes though!

A:

A.I. -andyR


Q:

Do you expect Plains of Eidolon to increase the rig requirements to run the game smoothly? Will players be able to see the same framerate/quality of resolution in Eidolon as they do in normal grid missions? Thanks guys

A:

Why remove the headphone jack?

Some people consider it 'essential', what's your team take on that?


Q:

We have been using the same tools and hardware to monitor performance in PoE as we have across the rest of the game, and we've actually had it running on our minspec machines for quite some time. At the moment there is no reason for us to believe that players should be required to upgrade their systems for this update. This is largely due to the new tech that has been added to the engine to reduce the amount of stress that PoE's content has on lower end hardware. With that said, we are still working on optimizing this update for a wide range of PC specs (as well as consoles) and will continue to do so even after it has shipped.

  • Dmitri, Performance QA
A:

Headphone jacks are pretty big components and they don't play nice with all-screen Phone architectures. We studied it very seriously, but fitting a headphone jack into our Phone required tradeoffs we were uncomfortable with. We'd have grow a huge "chin" in the display and reduce the battery capacity by 10%, or we'd need a huge headphone bump! We decided it was more important to have a beautiful full-screen display in a thin device with solid battery life. Then we made sure we to build ya'll a high-quality DAC in a tiny adapter that can elegantly live on your headphones. - Dave


Q:

What part of Plains are the staff most excited about?

With the changes to focus schools will there be any way to increase energy regen on casters so that you don't have to spam energy pizzas.

A:

With the new crop of phones slated for release before the holiday season what do you see as the primary points that will allow the Essential Phone to compete?


Q:

Excited!!!!!!

Boss battles - Sarah, QA

Writing my name in the mining tool - Dmitri, Performance QA

Long range sniper weps making sense finally. :P (or not, depending if our AI and culled stuff messes with this ) - /u/DE_Killerkarpfen, Level Design

A:

Design, materials, expandability, stock android, fast updates, open mentality. -andyR


Q:

Regarding exploring the Plains themselves, will it adopt a traditional MMO style of open world where players are able to roam freely? Will it be like Destiny's where other players drop in and out of each others' local instances? Is it possible for a player to have an instance of the plains all to themselves or with their personal squad without worrying about other players?

A:

I've noticed that my phone will completely freeze and not respond to touch or the physical buttons, and I have to manually reboot my phone.

Is this a known hardware or software issue? Should I reach out for a replacement under the warranty?


Q:

Great Q! For 1.0 we are focusing on traditional squads / solo that you know from Warframe but in a huge, beautiful landscape. If you want to just fish and drink greedy milk, you can go solo, kill the Grineer by the lake and get relax and throw out bait. If you're jumping in with randoms you can join and roam with them doing dynamic missions. If you want to really focus, squad up in Cetus and do intense dynamic Jobs for Konzu to help the Ostrons.

A:

Would like to get more data from you on what you have installed on the device and when you are seeing this issue. Obviously, this is not how the phone should perform. Its hard to tell from your description if it is hardware or software -Joe


Q:

Oddly enough, all of my questionsrevolve around my absolute favourite frame Volt:

Will the damage cap on discharge be changed for Discharge at any point? Or at the very least, make it keep the enemy stunned until the duration has actually expired.

Why is the drain on picking up and moving electric shield tied to movement? It actively fights against speed which promotes movement, whereas picking up the shieldd discourages you from using an entire power.

Is there anything pertaining to a volt deluxe skin in the works at all? Even super rough sketches? Because right now he's the only frame of the original 8 to not have publicly revealed art for a deluxe skin. Mag and Ember have their arts released bu the other 5 all have skins in the game itself.

Are there still no plans to increase the decoration cap in our ships? While I'd personally love to fill my ship with EVEN MORE VOLT NOGGLES, I don't doubt that even more decorations will be added in future and would be nice to have additional space just in case there are some who are reaching the current cap as of now.

And a very, VERY selfish one that's not even remotely related to volt.. Will we be seeing a return of the kavasa prime fur pattern that came out with trinity prime in the near future? It's the one thing I deeply miss from when I played on ps4 that I had to leave behind when I switched to PC in december 2016. Mostly just so I can finish the recreation of the kubrow I had on PS4. Perhaps some sort of forma-related bet or something, I dunno. I just really want that fur

A:

Is there any possibilities to make a transparent ceramic glass? That's pretty solid.


Q:

For you, Foxyboy, some concept art!

A:

It is not possible in Zirconia ceramic (what the phone has today), unfortunately. Interesting idea though! - Linda


Q:

Will the Operator warriors have melee weapons?

A:

People have also been reporting worse cell signal strength than other phones in areas that don't have the best reception. Would this be fixable on your end?


Q:

They won't to start, they have what we're calling 'Amps' internally. These are component based weapons that focus your innate Tenno energy in ways you can customize.

A:

Coverage is a complex issue. We are always looking for feedback on problem locations so that we can field test to fix issues which are software based. Its hard to look just at signal strength when comparing phones. For instance, which cell tower is serving you may be different even though you are in the same location with two phones. When we performed field testing sometimes we would score better than reference phones sometimes worse. We are a bit more conservative on signal bars. Which, unfortunately, there is no standard for on mobile devices. But, please let us know the locations and we can take a look -Joe


Q:

What has been your favorite memory from the past (almost) 5 years?

A:

What devices would you cite as an influence on the Ph-1? The shape of the edges reminds me of the iPhone 4.


Q:

War Within & Harrow Quests - Sarah, QA

Tennocon's got to be on there - Dmitri, Performance QA

Watching the fans during the PoE reveal. And working on Hydroid powers, that was a huge shift in what was normal for us. - Jeremy, FX

Helping to bring Clem to life from a fan-made comic was a lot of fun - Whirrr, Design

Seeing that people care :) - Rebecca, Community

A:

We actually designed the device from scratch and did not take influence from other devices. The details are all there for a good reason. Our side walls are straight in order to reduce the amount of visual and physical border around the display. We actually took many, many weeks just to lock on the appropriate corner radius- just round enough to feel approachable and human, but also tight enough to allow for as many pixels in the corners as possible. Hope that helps - Linda


Q:

Are we ever gonna get Ordis Prime / voice packs for Ordis?

A:

Fair enough, but I didn't accuse you of copying. Nothing is designed in a vacuum and all that.


Q:

I would love to do voice packs for Ordis at some point. I think for starters we will be giving him some new Landing Craft lines at the very least. - George, Sound Design

A:

Totally know what you mean- Especially in the smartphone industry where everything is starting to look a like because 50% of the phone is now display. For us, it was less about taking influences from other devices, but taking influences from meaningful experiences and good human-product interactions. - Linda


Q:

So with the new Arcanes, what is going to happen to old Arcanes, will they be changed in any way? and if so, will we see significant changes?

A:
  1. Android 8 and Project Treble status/ETA?
  2. Would Essential consider a Beta OS program similar to Google and OnePlus?
  3. What's the current focus for software issues like touch responsiveness (improved/tweaked palm rejection?) and micro-stuttering when scrolling. (EDIT: scrolling still seems to stutter in the new build. See video by u/tlxxxsracer - https://youtu.be/dbw_TUnfXuU) Is Essential already looking to Android 8 or is Essential still working on 7.1.1?
  4. Will Essential release the kernel source for the PH-1? Perhaps even use GitHub to back up Essential's ethos of the product belonging to those who purchased it? :)
  5. Can Essential offer Advanced RMAs to customers who are willing to have a hold on their credit card? I've heard of reports of others having it offered but it's been tough getting timely responses about it. I'm not sure about the status of my own RMA at the moment.
  6. Comment: Great build and great design on the PH-1!

Q:

We are currently leaving old Arcanes intact but stay tuned!

A:
  1. 2 months-ish
  2. Yes, we want to -- it's on the list.
  3. Fixing as fast as we can. Should refer to rebecca's response on this. It's getting better daily.
  4. Yes
  5. Good idea. Derek and Nelson will look into this.
  6. Team is smiling
  • andyR

Q:

In no specific order:

  • How will the new Operator abilities play into the existing Kuva siphons?

  • I think the new PoE alerts should be named "flashpoints" or "hotspots"

  • Will the update name be changed, since it will easily get confused with the other PoE.

  • Thank you so much!

A:

When will the essential phone dock be available?


Q:

1-Not locked down yet, but should

2-Thank you for this!

3-Probably not :( but agree its confusing

4-Thank you!

-Steve, Creative Director!

A:

We are planning on having the dock out shortly. Our final prototype build is this month and we will have it available for purchase after we run through reliability testing -Joe


Q:

Is it stressful that people compare most free to plays to you? Most free to plays are no where near the quality of warframe, and being a founder from the near beginning I have seen you guys grow so much.

A:

When can we expect more information and the release of the Essential Home? How will it integrate with the Essential Phone?


Q:

Nope not at all. We think the business model is the future and if we can change some players minds as we grow and develop to give other devs the chance we think that is great. -Scott, Design Director

A:

I'm particularly excited about the home product. It has the potential to unify all the disparate devices in your home, including your phone! Not quite ready to talk details, but development is going well and we'll have something to show soon.


Q:

Hi DE; I loved the Plains of Eidolon gameplay you showed off today! I just had a couple of questions for you:

  1. Is there any sign of a Volt Deluxe Skin in the future?

  2. Will Hydroid get any more major changes at this point in time? I know you've said that this was the case in the last Devstream, but I and many others really do feel like he still needs some important changes (mainly to his passive and how Undertow works when using Tidal Surge, to name a few examples).

Either way, thank you for making such an amazing game!

A:

How do you feel about the ways in which Android has evolved since you've left, and what other things would you like to see added with future releases?


Q:

There are indeed some Volt deluxe concepts that have progressed a fair bit - maybe next Devstream!

As for Hydroid, nothing major is coming but we can look at the little things still!

A:

Seems like the Android team continues to put the 1's and 0's all in the right order to to keep Android the #1 platform (what is it now 85% global marketshare?) - anon ;-)


Q:

Is Warframe going to get directx 12 in the future?

A:

Drop tests have shown the screen to shatter quite easily on the PH-1. Are you taking that into consideration for the next generation phone?

Also, how often do you see Essential releasing new phone models?


Q:

Right now we have legacy support for DX9 that we want to phase out before we add new APIs. We have lots of good new rendering tech coming with Plains of Eidolon though :)

A:

We have performed drop tests to industry standards and have performed as well or better to other devices. We are always looking to improve reliability and test to standards to improve the customer experience. -Joe


Q:

Will we be able to use archwing weapons on the Plains?

A:

Hello Mr. Rubin

So one of my biggest frustrations with smartphones is that it seems like every year we get all these exciting new features, but battery life is seemingly stuck at barely squeezing by one day. Do you think this would possibly change in smartphones in the future in the way we'll get a breakthrough and get possibly several days of battery life?


Q:

Not for now, they are designed for space combat and will severely disrupt the atmosphere of the Plains if the players was to unleash them.

A:

This is one of the dilemmas for product designers. We could easily make the device thicker to accommodate a larger battery. But consumers don't like thick devices. (we can also make them a lot thinner, but they'd only last a few hours). The product designers typically take a "just right" approach, which equals one day... - andyR


Q:

How about Archwing abilities?

A:

What are the next series of mods you have planned to release?


Q:

They sure work!

A:

As mentioned above, we have a number of Click Accessories planned. First out is a charging dock and a 3.5mm High End Audio adapter. -Joe


Q:

We have seen the arm-canons in a past devstream. Any more news about them?

A:

Very interested in this -- I'm a long time Apple user until I just got the Essential phone -- ADB and all of that is new to me but I want my apps to take advantage of the full screen.


Q:

They are still in the works!

A:

The in-screen front facing camera was a new feature for Android. To ensure Android compatibility, Google asked us to letterbox applications out of the cutout area by default. If you are a developer who wants to use the full screen, shoot us an email and we'll add your app to our whiteilst. The whitelist can be updated via the Play Store, so you won't have to wait for a full software update. -Rebecca


Q:

This one goes to Steve and Scott Specifically: Do you guys feel that working on this game and dealing with the community through Rebecca has been an enlightening experience? How do you guys not burn out when rage-threads happen?

A:

When will the phone be released in Sweden or in Europe with an EU plug?


Q:

The community team does a good job of translating vitriol into actionable feedback which we are always open to (but also Scotch) - Steve

A:

Tooling for the EU plug for the power adapter is underdevelopment now. First shots will be here this month. - Joe


Q:

When exactly is PoE coming? Will it be this month?

A:

For Dave, Linda, and Joe:

The PH-1 has a very distinct look. How did the team come up with a design language and personality for a completely new brand? What was the process like?

Also, in your words, how would you describe the Essential industrial design language?

Thank you for doing this and best of luck! Always love seeing hardware innovation.


Q:

We aren't gonna give an exact date I'm afraid but us being in lock down mode (i.e no more deploys) means we are closing in! Hopefully soon!

A:

We developed a design language based on our top priorities- best technology, user experience, and materials. Believe me, it took MANY revisions and design iterations to get to where we are now. At the end, we worked very hard to make sure our device is designed from the inside out. We wanted to let the technology shine through and take away anything that may pose as a distraction. That's why our borders are straight and thin (more visual display) and our details are clean and minimal. It's hard to come up with a brand new design from scratch, but at the same time it's a very freeing and openly creative process that is hard to find anywhere else but here at new startup - Linda


Q:

Favorite warframes among the devs?

A:

Manufacturing is insanely hard, especially when you're a new player and when you're working with new materials and tech.

  • What were some specific challenges you faced with working with ceramic and titanium?
  • Lots of current devices suffer from various defects: speaker mesh tearing, gaps in assembly, pins being too deep, etc. What are you guys doing to address these issues going forward?

Q:

Ivara or get out! (Nidus is pretty cool to tho) - DE_Killerkarpfen, Design

Vauban - Ben, Design

Me and Clint default to Nezha for testing purposes - good for entering/exiting missions quickly - Connor, Community QA

Nekros (is metal and helps me with perf) - Dmitri, Performance QA

A:

Manufacturing is always a challenge and new materials make it more of a challenge. For instance, CNC'ing titanium is much more difficult because of heat build up vs. Aluminum. We have a quality plans in place to address the some of the issues you mention. -Joe


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Will the Twitch Drops program during Plains of Eidolon be available to streamers not partnered with Digital Extremes?

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what kind of bear is best?


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Some aspects of it will be, yes!

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That's a ridiculous question - Dwight


Q:

Hey, thanks for everything you've done so far!

If you can say without revealing too much, what was the most challenging aspect of developing the Plains of Eidolon update?

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Is this an error that i couldn't buy from Puerto Rico from essential.com even though it's available through other channels (amazon, best buy, sprint) ? Tried to contact support but didn't get an answer.


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For all departments the scope landscape/huge terrain and view distance has impacted them - we've never attempted this and it slammed all departments with unique challenges (performance! open area with nothing to do! massive monsters!) - Steve!

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Please PM us and we can see what we can do -Joe


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I just wanted to clarify, did you say that we would be able to apply arcanes to our current Kiddo clothing? Also, so hyped, been playing for a few years but wow, this is amazing. Keep up the good work!

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What's next in accessories? Stereo Speakers? Car mount? Rock tumbler?


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Yes (Steve & Scott at the SAME TIME...).

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As mentioned above, we have a number of Click Accessories planned including a dock and audio accessory. Great ideas though! question- what color would you like your rock tumbler? - Linda


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Is there any news on a new Ember Deluxe skin?

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Given that the phone is the bare essentials is there any plan to support unlocking the bootloader or rooting the phone from the manufacturer level?


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We will show a new look next Devstream!

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You can unlock the bootloader using the directions here: https://source.android.com/source/running

Power + Volume Down to get to fastboot on your Essential Phone.
-Rebecca


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Besides warframe of course, what other games do the warframe team enjoy?

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Is there a scheduled release date for the 3.5mm headphone jack module? It was teased during the announcement of the phone


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Borderlands, Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Sim, Child of Light, Overwatch - Sarah, QA

Yakuza 0, Mario + Rabbids - Dmitri, Perf QA

Lots of QA playing PUBG lately (when they're not playing The Amazing Eternals, of course ;) - Connor, Community QA

I will play and enjoy almost anything... but most recently on PC: PUBG, Quake Champions, Path of Exile - Ben, Design

they never specified video games, but there are a lot of Magic the Gathering players here ;) Personally I've been playing RimWorld, Pit People, Don't Starve Together, Factorio and Quadrilateral Cowboy...and of course PUBG (edited) - Sam, Design

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Right now there isn't a release date for this Click Accessory, but we do have prototypes we are actively testing -Joe


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Will the cetus daily standing limit be shared with the syndicates standing? And will there be other ways to earn them besides the jobs? If no, the jobs will be refreshed daily?

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For Andy:

Any plans to offer an subscription upgrade plan similar to Apple's? (Pay $30/month and always have the latest iPhone)


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Currently no we don't have a Syndicate Standing limit for the Cetus Syndicates, this could change with testing. The Jobs refreshes daily giving you new job types to try out. All activities inside Cetus and the plains have a chance to add or reduce the amount of standing you have. - Scott, Design Director.

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Have thought specifically about HaaS models. Nothing to announce just yet :-) - andyR


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Is a bird companion planned at all in the future? Also, will there be more enemy vehicles besides the dropships we saw in preview?

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Bird companions.. maybe one day. We want it.

For enemy vehicles right now they are all aircraft... you haven't seen them all yet!


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Hello DE.

Love playing Warframe, it's always been a fun and interesting game.

My favorite character is Ordis, interesting story and usually funny jokes.

who is his voice actor?

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One of our artists :D Lots of folks met him at TennoCon 2017!