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You'll Play as Two Characters in Tales from the Borderlands

Posted by Nicola Hayden

Dirty rotten scoundrels

Telltale Games and Gearbox teased the industry with the announcement of its first collaborative project last year, Tales from the Borderlands. While the trailer filled us with overwhelming excitement, it also left us with plenty of unanswered questions. However, during a panel at SXSW, the two studios have finally spilled the beans.

Set on Pandora after the events of Borderlands 2 and its DLC, you are plunged into a changing world, mopping up all of the mess that has been left behind by the natural disaster known as the Vault Hunters. Instead of playing as invincible, gun-toting heroes, you'll find yourself following two of the planet's ordinary citizens as they deal with life in this harsh and unforgiving world. The disparate perspectives will give you two different versions of the adventure's events, with the truth sitting somewhere in the middle.

The first character is Rhys, a Hyperion employee who arrives in Pandora following the events that shook the company. With a robotic arm, he is an expert hacker capable of doing just about anything, including controlling a robot to strangle his enemies. The office boy has been heavily affected by Borderlands 2's antagonist Handsome Jack, but just how is being kept a secret for the time being. Despite the striking similarities between their appearances, the creators have ruled out the possibility of a father and son relationship.

On the other-hand, classy lady Fiona is Pandora born and bred. She knows how to lie, cheat, and steal with the best of them, and will go to any lengths to make sure that she can nab a quick buck. This professional con artist has swindled her way out of every situation possible, but now her reputation is starting to elude her. With areas where she isn't wanted running dry, this fast talker is running out of options. However, that doesn't mean that she still can't bamboozle her enemies with extravagant tales to make a quick getaway.

With greed being the primary theme behind this jaunt in Pandora, don't expect this adventure to be as dark as Telltale's other episodic masterpieces. Rather than facing traumatic choices of who will live and who will die, the developer's setting up some juicy, underhand temptations that will leave you in despair. It will also revisit the outfit's comedy roots, while allowing Gearbox to cover the type of serious topics that a first-person shooter struggles to convey.

Fans of the franchise are begging to know which characters will be making a cameo appearance in this canonical adventure. While the lid is being kept firmly shut on specifics, the developers have teased that the Vault Hunters will be making a return, and that a Borderlands game just wouldn't be the same without good old Claptrap.

Sadly, the release date is being kept wrapped up for the time being, but with the studios being similarly secretive about platforms, a PlayStation 4 version is possible. Are you getting pumped for this intriguing spin-off? Share your tales in the comments section below.

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User Comments (13)

get2sammybAdmin

#1

get2sammyb said:

Great summary, Nicola. I'm still not overly convinced by this, but it does sound like an interesting premise. Telltale continues to surprise me, so while I'm not overly keen on the Borderlands fiction, I'll definitely give this a go.

Epic

#2

Epic said:

This might be my first Telltale games, I just love Borderlands that much, even thought it might not be the same old shooting.

SimonAdebisi

#3

SimonAdebisi said:

I've yet to play borderlands/2 I've got it in the backlog on ps3 so the vita version will have to be pretty special for me to bother with it. I actually think this will be a very good game, I'll probably not like the previous shoot em up but the setting and story attached to this title is something I'd definitely be interested in.

shingi_70

#4

shingi_70 said:

Sounds good. The plot reminds me a bit of last year's call of jurez gunslinger. I want to know if the two walking dead seasons and the wolf among us will be ported to PS4.

Splat

#5

Splat said:

If Tiny Tina doesn't make an appearance I'm going to be very disappointed.

Tasuki

#6

Tasuki said:

I can't wait for this. I have been enjoying The Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us and I love the Borderlands franchise so this will be a day one purchase for me. Just means I have to hurry up and finish my first play through of Borderlands 2 before I play this game.

I was kinda hoping that one of the playable characters was going to be Mad Moxxi would have been nice to see the events through her eyes.

redd214

#7

redd214 said:

Meh, I loved Borderlands 1 annd 2 (easily spent 200+ hours in each and bought all dlc) but this just doesnt excite me at all. Hopefully we wont have to wait to long for BL3..

rastamadeus

#8

rastamadeus said:

So excited for this game. More Borderlands is always welcome round my way. Fingers crossed we see all nine vault hunters and not just a few - no Gaige and I will cry - plus Tiny Tina and maybe even zombie TK Baha again.

@Tasuki Oh God no. I love Moxxi but playing as her would be horrible, constantly bedding anyone and going through divorces like others go through toilet paper.

@redd214 Be a good couple of years til Borderlands 3 I reckon.

Tasuki

#10

Tasuki said:

@redd214: Yeah I read somewhere that Gearbox isn't in a rush to do BL3. They want to do it right and rather it be awhile then to churn out a mediocre one every year.

@rastamadeus: Haha Fair enough but I think it would still be interesting.

Gamer83

#11

Gamer83 said:

I really hope it gets a PS4 release. At the very least though I'd settle for Vita. I've mostly moved on from PS3. After the Arkham Origins DLC I'm packing it up and putting it in the basement only to be taken out on the rare occasions I feel like going back to some old games.

Jaz007

#12

Jaz007 said:

I still wonder how this game came to be? Who came up with the idea? And who then approved it? It boggled my mind as how to they decided on Borderlands for Telltale Games.

Splat

#13

Splat said:

@Jaz007

http://www.idiotbox.co.uk/tales-borderlands-came/

In a recent interview with Polygon, Steve Allison (the senior vice president of publishing for TellTale Games) sat down and explained how all of this came to pass:

“We were backstage at the [2012] Spike VGAs and Gearbox was sitting at table one and we were sitting at table two, we were there for The Walking Dead. We got to talking a little bit, and I don’t remember when it became, ‘we should do this thing,’ but it happened over a few cocktails. We could have easily left it and chalked it up to too much tequila, but we followed up when we got home, and they remembered the conversation. The Borderlands universe has so much story potential, all those great characters. There’s a narrative there in Borderlands 2 but it serves a certain purpose, and we can serve a difference purpose with it for fans of the franchise.”

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