Telltale Games, the developer of the critically acclaimed video game series, The Walking Dead, is venturing into Gearbox Software’s wild west-inspired universe, Borderlands. Adam Sarasohn, Telltale Games producer, shared his thoughts on the seemingly dichotomous mash-up on the official PlayStation Blog. And, more importantly, he shared some interest-piquing screenshots.
What’s the motivation behind an episodic Borderlands game stripped of its FPS elements? What could the appeal of Tales From the Borderlands possibly be? Sarasohn elaborates on Telltale’s reasons for creating a story-driven Borderlands:
“Why make a Borderlands game that’s not a first person shooter? 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.”
Sarasohn goes on to quell the fears of Telltale fans; he reassures that the depth expected from Telltale titles will not be diluted by Pandora’s wacky characters.
“We (Telltale) are all about compelling characters and stories, and we see an amazing opportunity to build on what Gearbox has created.”
He also makes a jarring (and, hopefully, accurate) statement regarding the depth of the Borderlands universe itself.
“Gearbox’s world is huge. The main Borderlands games and the DLC have only scratched the surface; they’ve built a world that rivals Star Wars in its richness.”
It seems we can expect an experience that is simultaneously wholly original and familiar.
“Telltale is going to collaborate with you through the choices that you make to get some of those stories out there, and to create a brand new Borderlands experience”
Sarasohn also supplies us with some details concerning the actual story. Apparently, the player will switch perspectives between two characters: The ambitious Hyperion employee, Rhys, and Fiona, the sweet-talking swindler.
According to Sarasohn, the choices that the players make will impact how the story unfolds:
“Your choices matter and will help create YOUR version of the story across the season.”
As an added bonus, Sarasohn revealed that the loot obtained in Tales From the Borderlands “will be available in other areas of the Borderlands franchise.”
You can see all of the details as well as the screenshots shown here on the official PlayStation blog.
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