So this is just an idea that I had that i want to throw out there.
Pretty sure it has been proposed before in one way or another, but maybe not exactly like this.
So this is just an idea, and I am not sure about balancing some things so suggestions would be welcome.
I am also aware that people could completely be against something like this, but once again it's just an idea for fun.
Combine either 2 or 4 Warframes with one another.
You can select the outcome of your look yourself.
Configurable options are.
So upon combining frames you can select what it's parts would look like, based on the frames being combined.
Abilities will not be combined, but you can select abilities from each frame yourself.
When combining 2 frames you need to select at least 2 abilities from each.
When combining 4 frames you can only select 1 ability from each frame.
To limit this from being too overpowered abilities from combined frames could be 33-15% weaker (maybe random roll? rerollable?) than their originals
Maybe warframe abilities could have some sort of disposition like riven mods for combining.
I am not sure about abilities that are codependent upon each other, or are designed to be used together, maybe these can only be picked in pairs.
Stats / Passive
The health / shield / energy / armor / sprint speed of the combined warframe will be the average of all frames combined.
Passive can be selected by yourself, not sure what to do here with gimmicky passives that are codependent with abilities.
All polarities on a combined warframe will be removed, it will have no polarities by default.
Costs / Resources
To combine warframes you would off course need to build them first, the same goes for prime warframes.
So in order to combine prime warframes you would need to "sacrifice" them.
To combine a 2-4 warframe you would need:
Have this feature "unlocked", maybe through a quest / faction reputation / unlocking all nodes etc. or all of these.
One "Link" item for each 2 warframes to be combined, crafted from rare resources. Requiring "a lot" of credits. (250,000?)
Crafting cost of the combined frame will be all original warframe crafting costs combined (and then maybe even doubled?)
Maybe lore wise some frames cannot be combined, for example Excalibur Umbra.
You would think "but hey, with this combination thing I could just combine Hildryn and Inaros and have a super tank build".
But with my limitations in place it will play out of little differently.
At max your "Inadryn / Hildranos" will (at max) only have:
1.0 sprint speed
Because when combining we only take the average stats, so yes it will still be tanky as hell but not the full benefits.
In conclusion the idea seems quite doable to me, but I am not sure what you would use this for as i imagine warframes like these would, even with their limitations be a lot stronger and versatile than any other warframe.
I tried to "under power" them as much as possible, and make them as much of a hassle to build and use granted they would become too powerful.
Right now I am not sure what you would use this for, is there any end game content that you could even use this for?