First images of Walking Dead developer's Borderlands game emerge -- What do you think?

Telltale Games releases first screenshots of Tales from the Borderlands, showing off main characters Rhys and Fiona.

The Walking Dead developer Telltale Games today released the first images from its upcoming episodic series Tales from the Borderlands, based on Gearbox Software's hit shooter franchise. Posted on the PlayStation Blog, the images give us a peek at the art direction and characters for Tales from the Borderlands, which is set on Pandora after the events of Borderlands 2.

The story for Tales from the Borderlands is told from the perspective of two different characters, Rhys and Fiona. Specifically, the game's story will be told through flashbacks, allowing you to play through different versions of the same events with both characters.

The first episode in the Tales from the Borderlands series launches later this year. Episodes will be sold for $5 each, though Telltale will also offer a season pass. Telltale has not yet specified platforms, but the company's past projects have launched for PC, consoles, and mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

On the PlayStation Blog, Telltale Games producer Adam Sarasohn also teased that, "The loot you grab in Tales will be available to use in other areas of the Borderlands franchise."

Telltale Games is keeping busy. In addition to Tales from the Borderlands, the studio is working on The Wolf Among Us, the second season of The Walking Dead, and a new Game of Thrones adventure series.

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JURGMANDR
JURGMANDR

Hopefully it turns out well. The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us are pretty awesome, so I have relatively high hopes for this.

OneStrong2
OneStrong2

Push button, get cookie? Oh heck no. They better fix this now!

jconk
jconk

Still kind of skeptical about this one, but will have to wait and see!

jedaii_knight
jedaii_knight

I would love if some of the loot that can be carried over ends up being new heads and skins.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

I am curious enough to play a narrative driven Borderlands game; I found the lore in 1 and 2 tantalizing in its rarity. However, I don't like the prospect of earning loot in a Telltale adventure and bringing that to a co-op BL game. I am not gonna go out of my way to find loot in a story game, nor do I think loot should even be a part of The Walking Dead-style adventure.

If Telltale thinks there is a good story in the lore of BL, that's great! An attempt to squeeze profit from two games when only one is called for will ruin both.

Cruxis27
Cruxis27

Sounds interesting.. But hurry it up with Borderlands 3 please :P

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Hmm Borderlands was fun but I kind of feel that the actual world itself wasn't the reason for that. Making a Telltale game from it sounds kind of strange to me.

Like most co-op orientated games the fun was teaming up with people and killing things. While the characters were great and the writing well done I don't think the world holds up that well by itself.

In fact I've heard people say on a number of occasions that Borderlands games are boring. I am having trouble imagining how this is going to work.

Thesuperstar2k
Thesuperstar2k

Looks cool, but they really need to finish Wolf Among Us, and Walking dead S2 first and then Game Of Thrones and Tales from borderlands. Don't have to release all bunch of once by each series since it's too much of a hassle to choose what's next to release a episode each month. 

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

If people actually take the time to listen to the audio logs in Borderlands, its actually a pretty decent story with a lot of twisted humor.  Unfortunately most people don't so making a QTE borderlands game sounds like a dumb idea

silversix_
silversix_

looks like shit im tired of this undetailed art style

monstachruck
monstachruck

As long as Tiny Tina is NOT in it, I'm good with this.

altairdarius
altairdarius

Real good. After the final borderlands game they really deserve some story explanations. Telltale is the best for that. Although i dont really like the western style

vladric
vladric

 I don't think this game is heading the direction I want it to go in.


I will wait for their Game of Thrones one though!

manutdarsenal
manutdarsenal

$5 each, coming to a total of $25(if 5 episodes make a season)... this is a bargain IMO. I love Telltale and all their games.

Starbound571
Starbound571

I first heard about this game a few months back. Having played both The Walking Dead, and Wolf Among Us, I have a fair idea of what Telltale Games offers as far as their games go.


Okay, now having said that I also had the chance to play both Borderlands and Borderlands 2.


What I can tell you as far as this goes is this... The mixing of the two, will end in one of two ways:


1. Meld together in a very bad and disastrous way. Telltale Games is known for having not just good, but darn GREAT backstories to their games and characters. Borderlands is, by nature and contrast, NOT deep on story. It is more centered around gameplay than anything else. The two are almost EXACT polar opposites when taken apart, and when put together, well... Better have some good voice actors and story writers to make this seem interesting, or it's not going to feel like a game set in the Borderlands universe. The Walking Dead is a prime example of how they could do this with Robert Kirkman's work. Maybe it'll work for Borderlands too, but they have a task ahead of them. Which, if they make it work, leads to my next point:


2. They find the right balance between story and gameplay, and the two meld together harmoniously and we all live happily ever after! Maybe not that last part, but one can hope. I've said Borderlands is very gameplay centric. The opposite I feel is true about other games Telltale has done. The Wolf Among Us seemed very simple - go here, do that, figure it out, then it's story time. The Walking Dead was much like this too. Your sole purpose was to figure something out so you could get a case of "ooh, what's gonna happen now?" syndrome. They talk in this article about loot you're able to transfer over. I'd like more details on this, and the gameplay in general. I don't feel it's been described enough - if it's anything like their other games, well... Then see point #1 - not going to feel like a Borderlands game.

Agreb91
Agreb91

That's an interesting looking game! I didn't know TellTale was working on this. 

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

They need another dialogue option:  "I'd just shoot you, but the right trigger seems to be disabled".

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

I would like to know more about items being usable in other franchise games! I assume this means for the first two games and hopefully the third one.

HailHellfire
HailHellfire

id like to see The Sandman comic book as a Telltale game

vallee05
vallee05

It's interesting to learn more on the story and world of borderlands. However, as a huge fan i'll get this when it's discounted and released as a finished product. I really enjoyed the Walking Dead series, but nothing bothered me more then to play a game in sections and then have to wait a month to play another section,, rinse and repeat. Ruined the immersion for me. I'll pass on the digital chapters and wait the the physical release.

Gomtor
Gomtor

I do not like their games. Way too much unnecessary swearing.  On another note.  Borderlands was perfect as it is and I will wait for a proper new game thereof. 

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

This article's title is the worst title i have ever read.

surfepic
surfepic

@Cruxis27

Agree. but you have plenty of expansions for Borderlands 2 to play and enjoy. They sure know how to keep us occupied...

Llama345
Llama345

@Dannystaples14  The world or the lore? A loot game is boring if in fact, you don't like to loot shit. I think the lore is fairly substantial for being a shoot em up. 

Llama345
Llama345

@Thesuperstar2k  I feel like they are done with WAU and probably pretty close with S2, just waiting to release the episodes. So developing two games just like they did with WAU and S2. 

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@Thesuperstar2k  I agree with this.  Seems like they've got too much on their plate at once... they really should focus on their ongoing series before beginning work on another 2... it takes them long enough as it is to release their episodic content.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@lfebaggins  Pretty sure the character and humour in the Borderlands games are some of their biggest selling points... but maybe not?  I can't imagine it being fun without all the zany antics that it included, so anyone not paying attention is missing out on a whole lot of what makes this game good to begin with...

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@silversix_  

There's more detail in these 3 screenshots then the entire Modern Warfare trilogy. Other than that, you're clearly off the point and this games is absolutely not for you.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@vladric  

The direction YOU want it to go? Talking about entitlement.

jeremy-
jeremy-

@vladric  Anybody know if its going to be written by that guy who does HAWP. I never actually appreciated the writing in borderlands that much while playing them, but recently i ran into HAWP on youtube and watched a few blogs with that guy talking at game con's and he seems pretty smart and funny.

Llama345
Llama345

@Starbound571  I take it you didnt listen to, or go searching for audio logs. The games have a pretty good and deep lore for a game known and prized for it's gameplay. Why would this feel like a Gearbox BL if TT are developing it? 

Smosh150
Smosh150

@Gomtor  Unnecessary swearing? I do believe a lot of people swear unnecessarily in real life too, heck I cannot go one day w/o hearing curse words repeatedly used in just the daily life of people. It may be unpleasant to hear such or just in quantity, but it happens and in the scenarios of telltale's games I would say it would be used a lot more. 

Scarab83
Scarab83

@Gomtor  Swearing? I hardly remember any swearing at all..

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

@nl_skipper @lfebaggins  I think the biggest selling point is the RPG grinding because people would treat it like any other RPG and skip the logs since the focus is leveling.  That is why I solod both campaigns the first time through because I did not want my coop partners to skip the logs that I wanted to hear

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@silversix_   because resolution= detail...?  Just because you can't see the characters pores doesn't mean the scene isn't detailed...

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@xsonicchaos  The next Bioshock game is all about tending to and feeding mutated horses who are left homeless in the after math of another universe breaking down.

Would you play it? No you wouldn't. Same thing here except not as exaggerated. He doesn't like the way the games are going, so why would he want to play them?

Bugermeister
Bugermeister

@chasecarnevale @Gomtor  I beg to differ. Regardless of one's opinions on the appropriateness/acceptability of it and creative expression, at some point it just makes you sound like an idiot. Case in point: any rock concert. "What's up f-ing Orlando?! Are you ready to listing to some f-ing music?! You guys are f-ing awesome! Let's get this f-ing show started! F-yeah." There are people out there who don't seem to know how to construct a single sentence without using profanity, and it makes them sound just as dumb as someone who says "um" every other word.


That being said, I've never played a Telltale game :)

Llama345
Llama345

@lfebaggins @nl_skipper  I sadly have to agree. My friend whom I play with tears through games. It pisses me off so bad sometimes. He already beat it a few times, but I am on my first play though (BL2) and I said I really liked Lynchwood, I thought he wild west theme was cool, his response was, "I don't know what you're talking about". This is also why I don't understand why people fly through MMOs.

Smosh150
Smosh150

@Bugermeister @Smosh150 @Gomtor  Fair enough, though that is increasingly fleeting amongst games and isn't in a way too much of a big deal. I can understand that point of view, but sometimes I find it a bit ridiculous as strong language can have a positive story effect on the game, that may sound absurd, but for me it adds that little bit more of character to someone or shows the apprehension, stress, etc of a character. My personal view on such so nobody get angry at me.

Smosh150
Smosh150

@Bugermeister @chasecarnevale @Gomtor  In the case of that much excessive swearing I will agree if it is in a serious game, if we are talking about something like borderlands or some other non serious game like South Park then I think that is fine given the theme, but if something like the above example was in Mass Effect or something than that would bother me.