The trailer may have been irritatingly vague, but at least the VGX Awards have started off with a legitimate surprise. Gearbox has revealed that it’s teamed up with The Walking Dead creator Telltale Games to create a new episodic series based on, er, Borderlands. We don’t necessarily associate the shoot-‘n’-loot franchise with deep fiction and rich lore, but alright.

According to Telltale’s co-founder Kevin Bruner, the title’s storyline will be shaped by player choices. Gearbox is providing assistance with assets, but the game will be produced chiefly by The Wolf Among Us developer. Apparently, the studio has created new Vault Hunters for the spin-off – but we swear that we saw Handsome Jack in the trailer. All will be revealed when the title debuts in 2014.