Founders are users who purchased special Founders Packages as a form of funding Warframe during its early days. These packages included Platinum, Prime Equipment unique to the program and other assorted benefits. The Founders program began on December 19, 2012 and ended on November 1st, 2013.
Please note that most of the bonuses associated with the Founders program are no longer obtainable.
When the program was active, there were 4 packages available for purchase, with each package granting more and more bonuses with increasing cost. Players who purchased a package could also opt to upgrade to higher package tiers if they so desired. The package tiers, bonuses, and costs are listed below;
The following things listed below are exclusive to the Founders Program. Unless otherwise stated, none of these things will be re-released in the future.
Badges, Emblems, and Sigils
Each Founder Package came with a relevant Badge that is visible in the bottom right corner of the player's Forum avatar to indicate the player's chosen founder package. Additionally, players also acquired the badges as equippable Emblems or Sigils. All preceding lower tier Sigils and Emblems are also unlocked for in-game use.
Available from the Hunter Tier and onwards, the Founders Packages were the only way to acquire , the , and the . One piece of Prime equipment was added with each successive tier, beginning with Excalibur Prime. Additionally players who purchased those tiers were also rewarded Excalibur Prime Glyphs.
Closed Beta Keys
Available from the Hunter Tier and onwards, Closed Beta keys were distributed to in order to invite other potential players to participate in Warframe's Closed Beta. Additionally, if the player had yet to access Warframe's Closed Beta, purchasing a Founders Package would instantly gain access to it.
Available from the Master Tier and onwards, players would gain access to the Design Council subforum, which is normally hidden to other players. Players who have access to the Design Council Subforum can vote on designs, features, and names in the game. The Development Team is significantly more involved in the design council subforum than they are with the rest of the forum at large. Players also gain access to the Council Chat tab, allowing them to communicate with other Design Council members in-game.
Unlike most of the things listed here, access to the Design Council wasn't limited to the Founders Program; at the end of each month, the Development Team will invite up to 25 players to the Design Council via forum inbox messages. To be eligible for an invite, players must have a Mastery Rank of at least 5, no reports of Griefing or forum warning posts, and overall quality of forum contributions. This opportunity is available for players on all platforms.
Exclusive to the Grandmaster Tier, The Solar Landmark was a text ticker displayed below the description of a given mission node, featuring the original names of those who purchased the Grandmaster pack. Since Update: Specters of the Rail (2016-07-08), featuring an overhaul of the star chart's interface, a memorial has been set up in the relays instead, displaying their names, although without connection to the selected mission. There is an average of about 32 names per node. Players can still see the mission node that a founder selected on their profile. Before the overhaul, the player could've navigated to their own Solar Landmark and selected the relevant mission node, after which the Lotus would've said one of the following messages:
- "Now the Tenno are stronger by your hand, Grandmaster."
- "The Lotus is pleased to be in the presence of a Grandmaster."
- "We are in your debt, Grandmaster. Thank you."
- "The Tenno have gained great strength thanks to you, Grandmaster."
- "With your support Grandmaster, the Tenno will rise again."
The Founders program began on December 19, 2012, and was supposed to end on March 16, 2013, before the game transitioned to Open Beta. However, it was extended partly to allow new users brought in by the game's Steam release to be able to purchase it, but also to give the developers more time to refine the Prime Access program. The Founders Program officially ended on November 1, 2013.
Before the program ended, all Founders received additional gifts from Digital Extremes. Disciples and Hunters received a Warframe-themed headband while Masters and Grand Masters received both the headband and a limited edition T-shirt. Founders were required to fill out shipping information on this form before 9 AM EST November 18, 2013 otherwise they would not receive their gifts.
The following regions are known to have received their T-shirts and headbands:
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Russian Federation
- South Africa
- South Korea
- US East, West, and Central