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Tales From The Borderlands Screenshots Bring Back Walking Dead Memories

By Pete Haas 2014-05-05 07:57:54 discussion comments
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Today Telltale Games released the first screenshots and story details for Tales from the Borderlands. The images should look familiar if you've played their other episodic adventure games The Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us.

Tales from the Borderlands is set after the events of Borderlands 2. Players will switch between two characters: a Hyperion data-miner named Rhys and a con-artist named Fiona. The duo is narrating the game's events after the fact and fudging the details to make themselves look good. If they're as good at story-telling as Tiny Tina, this could be a hilarious adventure.

Neither character is a fighter so they'll have to get by using their brains and wits. Tales from the Borderlands uses a branching dialogue system like Walking Dead and Wolf. You have to make your choice before a timer at the bottom runs out. The game offers up a "..." dialogue option for shy or indecisive players. Your choices will have affects throughout the season.

During their journey, Fiona and Rhys will encounter characters from the other Borderlands games such as the vault hunters. One screenshot shows Zer0 fighting a couple bandits. Another shot reveals that Shade, the insane Hunter S. Thompson wannabe from Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty, will be part of the game. Producer Adam Sarasohn said on PlayStation Blog that we can expect appearances from Handsome Jack, Claptrap, Tiny Tina, Angel, and Moxxi too.

Telltale is working alongside Borderlands creators Gearbox Software on the game. As a result, Tales' storyline will be part of the series canon. Maybe it will give us some idea of the plot for Borderlands 3.

Rhys and Fiona's adventure will connect to other Borderlands games in another way: loot. Items that you grab in Tales can be used in "other areas of the Borderlands franchise." Sarasohn didn't say which specific games these items can be used in, though. Tales from the Borderlands will launch this summer. The platforms weren't announced but we can guess most of them. The PlayStation Blog post confirms it will come to PS3 and maybe PS Vita as well. The screenshots show button prompts for the Xbox 360 controller. PC, Mac and iOS versions seem like a given as well considering Telltale's previous games.

It remains to be seen whether the game's coming to PS4 and Xbox One as well. Telltale said in the past that they were going to develop for the new consoles eventually. Will Tales be the first game they release on PS4 and Xbox One?

Tales from the Borderlands isn't the only Borderlands game coming out in 2014. Co-op shooter Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be launching this fall.
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