The Plains of Eidolon update for Warframe has been released, and it is one of the biggest updates that Warframe has received so far. Cetus is a new environment, kind of like an enhanced relay where players can come together and shop from vendors. A door opens up to the vast open world environment of the Plains of Eidolon.
The update is around 3 GB in size, but during the download you should be occupied by the long primer document to give you a leg up when you have to find your way around the settlement of Cetus as well as the Plains of Eidolon. Once the update is done, Cetus can be found on Earth. You have to go through Cetus to the Plains of Eidolon.
Cetus has been placed on an early planet so that even new players can access the Plains of Eidolon. While the difficulty of the area varies according to the enemies encountered, and there is a huge raid boss during the ingame night time, Cetus and the Plains of Eidolon are not end game content. There are a number of instances for Cetus, and you might have to scroll down to find one that is not full.
Landing on the planet in your Liset opens up with a long cutscene that explores the edges of Cetus. It is as beautiful and breathtaking as the cinematic quests available in the game. The music and environment is reminiscent of Borderlands. The day/night cycle lasts 150 minutes with 100 minutes of day and 50 minutes of night. Unfortunately I landed up in Cetus during the night, which is when all the scary monsters come out, similar to the movie Pitch Black.
Cetus itself is beautiful and well modeled. Most of the merchants are located around a circular pathway at the heart of the town. There are also kids in Warframe now. There is a falconer and maybe birdie pets to add to the Kubrows and Kavats, not sure. The merchant helps grooming the companion animals and provides some sort of DNA material for breeding purposes.
There is also a spice trader. The characters are as colourful as the shops. In all the market environment is very well done, and invites you to explore different nooks and crannies. There are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore, and mysterious houses, rooms and doors that could be put to use in future updates. There are also some merchants that you cannot interact with... yet.
One of the most anticipated activities available after the update was the fishing. You need the equipment and the right kind of lure for particular fish, which can be found at the stall of the fisherman known as Hai-Luk.
But you cannot just buy the fishing spear right away! Cetus is run by the Ostrons, a neutral faction with which you need to gain standing. Gaining standing with the Ostrons does not affect your
standings with any of the other factions. To buy almost anything you will need standing, and to gain standing you need to visit the old man known as Konzu. Konzu is a little distance away from the slightly chaotic market, and a very popular man at the moment.
Konzu gives you bounties, which are mostly about stealing stuff from the Grineer or killing them. Each bounty gives you a certain amount of standing, as well as a chance to win resources. These resources can be used to craft things in Cetus, or sell to merchants.
In a tunnel leading away from Cetus, are a pair of doors. The Plains of Eidolon lie beyond those doors. The doors in question look very similar to the Psychos from Borderlands.
Once you go beyond this door, you cannot just call in your Liset and escape. You need to come back through the door, after tackling whatever you find out there. For the first run, it is recommended to equip the Helios Sentinel with the Deconstructor weapon, if you have one. This means you can automatically scan all the new things in the Plains of Eidolon, and also identify foes before you come across them.
The Plains itself are a vast environment. You can see the broken up Lua, or the Moon in the sky. Unlike the maps of Uranus though, you cannot dive into the water. If you fall into the water, you will be thrown back on land, so you will have to avoid all the sudden puddles and pools. You can call in the Archwing, but that requires charges, and can be called from the equipment dial. However, acquiring the chargers requires standing, which means the first few missions will have to be done without benefit of Archwings.
There are a bunch of new enemies. I randomly pushed some buttons in a Grineer camp, and a Eidolon lure started following me. I started hearing massive footsteps approaching from a distance, even as I ran into another Grineer camp full of the new tusked units. Fortunately, the ominous footsteps did not catch up to me, and I managed to escape back into Cetus to wait for daylight, and began writing this piece. Day should be here by now, so I'm going back in.