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Digital Extremes is a Canadian games developer and publisher based out of London, Ontario, best known for working with Epic Games to create the Unreal Tournament series and later going indie to develop and release Warframe.

Games published or developed by Digital Extremes include:note 

Tropes commonly found in Digital Extremes' games include:

  • Cursed with Awesome: A few games that DE worked on or developed feature characters who have great powers with massive drawbacks.
    • BioShock has a recurring motif in this area; both BioShock and BioShock 2 feature Splicers who have altered their DNA with plasmids to augment their combat abilities and are completely insane.
    • The Darkness' protagonist, Jackie Estacado, can use all sorts of Demonic powers to slaughter and/or maim his enemies but has to share a body with the Eldritch Abomination that gives him those powers. And no, said abomination does not like sharing his powers.
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    • Hayden Tenno from darkSector is afflicted with a virus that affords him various powers and later allows him to control a suit of Powered Armor as an 11th-Hour Superpower, but the only reason he can do what he does with it is because he has congenital analgesia that makes him immune to pain; without that condition, he would be just as insane as the zombified enemies he faces.
    • Warframe's protagonists, the Tenno, can use the Power of the Void where other people exposed to the Void would Go Mad from the Revelation and were the key to winning the Old War between the Orokin and the Sentients for the former. However, the only reason that the Tenno can control their powers is because they channel them through the game's titular suits of Powered Armor, and without said suits they suffer massive Power Incontinence. And that's not even getting into who they really are or what else followed them back from the Void.
  • Digital Pinball Tables: DE's first video games were of this genre; Extreme Pinball was their proper debut, though founder James Schmalz had developed Silverball and Epic Pinball for Epic Games earlier.
  • Licensed Game: The Darkness II is based on a comic book, Star Trek should be obvious, and Sword Coast Legends is based on the Forgotten Realms module for Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Spiritual Successor:
    • Extreme Pinball was designed to emulate the success of James Schmalz' game Epic Pinball, and Epic Pinball itself was developed by Schmalz as a successor to his earlier game Silverball.
    • Warpath was originally conceived as a direct sequel to Pariah before bad sales caused it to be retooled into a game set in the same universe with only loose connections to Pariah, as well as the former game's Evolving Weapon gimmick.
    • Dissatisfaction related to how darkSector wound up versus what it was originally imagined as caused Digital Extremes to take many of the assets and names from the original pitch video for darkSector, give them a fresh coat of paint, and release it as Warframe.