Tales from the Borderlands De-tales

Fresh from PAX East, Telltale revealed some more information about Tales from the Borderlands, their upcoming game series based on Gearbox’s blockbuster franchise.

In an issue of Xbox Official Magazine as reported by IGN, the games will focus on two main characters, which were taken from a pool of five total characters. Players will see the perspectives of Fiona, a con artist, and Rhys, a Hyperion worker. Perspectives shift at points dictated by the story, sometimes seeing the same events from different eyes.

The premise of this game revolves around Fiona and Rhys explaining events to a stranger from a freshly-landed spaceship.

The game makes no attempt to hide what the game is all about: money. Where Telltale’s previous games like The Walking Dead deal with topics like survival, Tales from the Borderlands, or TftB, immediately presents itself with a moral choice: take a briefcase full of money or help a man that’s been shot. As a warning, some of the future choices will be unavailable if not enough funds were collected. The game will also communicate with other Borderlands games, although which games and to what extent has yet to be revealed.

The gameplay will certainly be classic Telltale, although a touch of Borderlands’s gunplay will be available. It has been described as “somewhere in the middle of what Telltale and Gearbox do.”

Finally, some of the other characters of TftB have been revealed. These include Vauhgn, a Hyerion accountant who is like a cowardly brother to Rhys; Felix, a counterfeiter who has a somewhat fatherly relationship with Fiona; Bossanova, a crime lord with a speaker in his chest and a beef with Zer0; and Sasha, a young woman who can kick some “tale” and happens to be the latest target for Fiona.

Tales from the Borderlands was revealed last year to be released this year after The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us. This comes after another Borderlands spinoff, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, was revealed to be developed by 2K Australia and also released this year for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

My Opinion

This is actually really cool. I would love to see where the game is going to end up. Even though I have missed out on The Wolf Among Us and the second season of The Walking Dead, I will look forward to playing Tales from the Borderlands, especially since this will look like Telltale taking on Gearbox. Also, the characters look like they will be interesting to play as and with, especially Rhys. Will he be linked to Handsome Jack? I guess we can only wait and see.


Shawn Richards studies games to understand how they work. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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