Telltale has finally revealed some details on Tales from the Borderlands, including who we’ll be playing as, what kind of a world it will be in, and how the game will differ from Telltale’s The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us.
The story will be told from two different perspectives: Fiona, a con artist, and Rhys, a Hyperion worker. The perspective of the story will automatically shift between the two of them at predetermined moments, and you’ll often see the same events from their two different points of view, like in the classic film Rashomon. The story itself if being relayed in the future by Rhys and Fiona to a mysterious stranger, whom they meet near a crashed spaceship.
It’s also been that the game’s very first interaction of the game is presented without context. You see an open briefcase of money in front of you, and a man violently ill laying right next to it. That’s it. What do you choose do? Take the money? See if you can help the man? Telltale is wasting no time in forcing the player to make decisions that focus around money, which is an important commodity in the game. For example, if you don’t take the cash in this opening scenario, your options might be limited in a later conversation thanks to your lack of funds.
Along with the new screenshots, Telltale producer Adam Sarasohn discussed the upcoming game on the PlayStation Blog, specifically detailing why the company is making a Borderlands game that’s not an FPS:
“Because, if you pause to take a breath between shooting everything in sight and stealing your buddies’ loot in multiplayer, you’ll know that Borderlands features some amazing characters and stories in a world that’s rich in dark humor. Handsome Jack, Claptrap, Tiny Tina, Angel, Moxxi, Zer0 … it’s a big list. We are all about compelling characters and stories, and we see an amazing opportunity to build on what Gearbox has created.”
Sarasohn also revealed a few other tidbits:
- The loot you grab in Tales will be available to use in other areas of the Borderlands franchise
- It’s an episodic series that’ll be $4.99 per episode (or you can save with the Season Pass)
- Your choices matter and will help create YOUR version of the story across the season
- The series takes place after the events of Borderlands 2. Handsome Jack is gone. Or is he? You might have seen the trailer we put out a while back
- You’re going to play two different viewpoints. Rhys works for Hyperion; he’s a company man with grand ambitions that have been thrown off the rails. Fiona is a fast-talking con artist, with very few people left on Pandora she hasn’t swindled one way or another
- They both have a very different opinion of the events that brought them together, and the only way to find out something near to the truth is to live their lives and make your own decisions
Tales from the Borderlands announced last December and is set to release this year.
It’s an episodic game series that costs $5 per episode but will be cheaper with a season pass.