Warframe Players Refuse To Abandon Fortuna 69 (Nice)

I have a theory. The value of a community is directly proportional to its willingness to rally around and fight nearly to the death for deeply dumb things. Warframe players are doing an excellent job of proving it.

In Warframe, a co-op sci-fi shooter with MMO elements, instances only stick around for as long as there are players to inhabit them. Fortuna 69, which came into being around the time the game’s new Fortuna expansion launched on PC in November, has defied the odds, hanging on for more than a month.

It’s still going as I write this, meaning that it’s now 35 days old - a proper Methuselah in more ways than one, given that Methuselah is said to have lived until he was 969 years old.

How did this happen? The community willed it so. Ever since Fortuna 69 sprang into existence, players have diligently shepherded it through moments when it was on the verge of disappearing for good.

They’ve gone all out to get the word out, with some creating inspirational ads, like this one from PsyCoCinematics (via Rock Paper Shotgun):

And whatever this is, from Binary Violence:

Oh, and a bunch of players collaborated to form the number 69 a couple weeks ago, because I mean, of course:

Image: Gaellen

Warframe’s community has even kept Fortuna 69 going during several hotfixes that required players to stop playing and download new data. Developer Digital Extremes has grown wise to this, so it now issues in-game warnings ahead of hotfixes.

“Fortuna 69 lives, and here’s how you can keep it alive,” the developer announced three minutes before a hotfix on Monday.

“At least one of you has to stay in Fortuna 69 while everyone else downloads. Once people with the Hotfix return, whoever was keeping Fortuna 69 around can safely Hotfix. It is only by your hand that Fortuna 69 will live on—which is true in many ways since it’s likely it is also only by your hand that any kind of 69 will live on.”

Amazing, huh? Warframe really is a game about people coming together. Here’s hoping players can keep Fortuna 69 going until it’s 69 days old. Now that would be nice.


    Got into Warframe a few years back and now every time I login I just feel very lost. Want to reset my campaign progress but dont think you can.

      As a Warframe Founder, I totally get where your coming from. I play in sperts, and coming back after a few major updates can be... quite the challenge. I have wanted them to let you reset thing for years. BUT if you are lost, just ask in chat.

      There are 2 Facebook pages that are worth hocking in to. Warframe International Tenno Hub, witch is mostly memes and stuff. Fun times. And Warframe International Info Hub, witch you can use for asking questions and the like. There is a 3rd one for trading too, but I don't use it. There modded by ther same people, so rules and the like are consist. Def worth checking if your not already on them.

      Yeah same, I just have no idea what's going on anymore.

        Have been playing last few days and just did some super easy missions to get me used to things. Pretty much back into the swing of it now. Tons of fun.

    Amazing, huh? Warframe really is a game about people coming together.
    I see what you did there ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

      Ah, now I get it. Nice.

        *you have been banned from the Chat Channel*


        I see buy the down vote, someone did not get the joke. Or maybe they don't like the joke... :P

        Last edited 14/12/18 12:02 am

    Knowing nothing about warframe, this article didnt really help me understand what Fortuna 69 is....

    Guessing that Vid half way down might explain it but I'm not watching that at work

      Agreed. ‘Instance’ means what exactly??
      This article makes no sense

        Just FYI, @mavis30551 as well, the 'Fortuna' zone is a social hub. Because it's not feasible to have all of Warframe's concurrent population in the one zone at the one time, it's broken up into instances - or different 'servers'. Each of those instances gets a number.

        So the folks who found themselves in instance 69 are aware that post-launch the population may not get up to the point that there will be 69 concurrent instances again, and are trying to keep it alive to preserve the number, for its, uh... 'cultural significance'.

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