A Warframe review bomb is underway and it appears to be coming from irate Chinese players. That much is evident from a casual examination of the game’s recent Steam reviews. What isn’t so obvious is what exactly has so many people upset at the game.
What’s Causing The Warframe Review Bomb?
Several potential reasons have been presented including the Hong Kong/China divide, bad translations, and server issues. Some reviews address one or more of these topics, so it’s clear that something appears to have upset Chinese player.
First up is complaints about the quality of the Chinese translations. A former volunteer translator laid out the problems in detail on Reddit, highlighting how he believes the Mandarin translation is particularly bad and that Chinese players he has spoken with found it so bad that it’s “insulting”. This is further escalated by the fact the translator has a fan following that is not happy they are no longer working on it.
If it’s not that, it could be an international faux pas that led to the Warframe review bomb — they’ve designated Hong Kong and China as separate countries. As noted on Reddit (first thread, second thread), quite a few of the reviews complain about this.
On the off chance you’ve been living under a rock, Hong Kong is in the midst of heavy protesting over a proposed bill that would allow their citizens to be extradited to China. Protests have been going on for over a hundred days.
Finally, the last possible complaint I’ve noticed is the bog-standard complaint about server quality. Some Steam reviews (like this one) manage to hit all three potential problems in one go:
1. Optimized your server especially in [China]
2. TW and HK is part of China, so please change the “country” in your official website to “country and region”
3. Open the forum of [China], so we can communicate and discuss about our demand
4. Treat every worker/player fairly.
Note: The above quoted review was slightly edited to be more easily readable.
Warframe had a major update and graphical overhaul back in May 2019 as part of their continual release of content. It is important to note that this applies to the international version of Warframe and it’s Chinese localization. There is also Warframe China which is run by Perfect World and Chang You and while closed on PS4 is still on PC with its own localization.
Whatever the reason for the Warframe review bomb may be, it’s clear that a lot of players are upset. This may be particularly upsetting for Digital Extremes owner Leylou who are based in China.
Why do you think the Warframe review bomb is underway? Do you think the criticisms detailed in the above review are valid? Let us know in the comments below!