New Borderlands Stories Announced, Releasing in October

Developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K have revealed that the spiritual successor to Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands is called New Tales from the Borderlands and will be released in October.

Specifically, it will be released on October 21, 2022 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. This news comes by way of the official Tales from the Borderlands trailer, which showcases the game’s setting, cast, and more. Perhaps more importantly, it also highlights just how much it resembles Telltale’s beloved narrative adventure game Borderlands. Sure, there’s a new cast and a new story, but the game looks a lot like its beloved predecessor. Your choices and how they affect the overall story remain important, which is a great start for this sequel.

Check out the New Tales from the Borderlands trailer below.:

Ahead of this trailer’s release, I spoke to Gearbox Software’s production manager, James Lopez, and Gearbox Studio’s Quebec producer, Frederic Scheubel, about the new game and how it aims to bring back the players into the Borderlands universe in a way unique to Tales from the Borderlands series.

“Every choice you make can and will affect the events that unfold in the story, often in unexpected ways, so you’ll need to play through the game to see what event or choice affected the ending you see or what event was triggered during the process,” Scheubel tells me. “It’s not a sequel to Tales from the Borderlands. It’s a whole new story with new characters and a new cast. However, we treated it as a spiritual successor to Tales from the Borderlands. You’ll find a familiar story structure and familiar gameplay, but with an added Gearbox twist, on the animation side, on the art side, so it’s pretty much familiar stuff with an enhanced experience. ”

Lopez says nearly every character in the story will be new, although there will be throwbacks to characters from previous games, including Tales from the Borderlands and Borderlands 3.

“Generally, [it’s] a standalone product,” he says. “We want to make it fully contained and different so that people, whether returning fans or new players, can fully enjoy the game without having to worry too much about what came before.

The developer duo tell me the game will still be episodic, like its predecessor, while taking note of Deck Nine’s Life is Strange: True Colors. All episodes will be available on day one. Lopez says you can play through them, back and forth, or you can even start with an episode right in the middle of the story (although the freedom to do so is there, he’s not sure why anyone would).

“As someone who had worked on previous tales, I was acutely aware that this was a critical darling,” Lopez said. “People who’ve played it love it. Rather than trying to follow those footsteps, we try to recognize the route those stages take, but then try to do something different. Use the formula, use what worked, but do it Gearbox style. This is the first time we’ve made this kind of game in-house. [Scheubel] mentioned, we partnered with some people who worked on Tales to make sure we understand the philosophy behind how they make these kinds of games, and what the philosophy of choice is.

Scheubel says one of the challenges behind producing the game was the COVID-19 pandemic. In creating a spiritual successor, the team wanted the art to be closer to that of Borderlands 3, and in doing so, they engaged in extensive motion capture work. However, the pandemic made this nearly impossible, and the team had to alter the story to deal with the risks. In the end, there were fewer people on the set. The game is more intimate, and for the better, according to Scheubel, as a result. That’s why instead of focusing on a massive cast of characters, New Tales from the Borderlands will be about Anu, Octavio, and Fran, an unlikely trio.

“New Tales from the Borderlands immerses players in a deep and original story full of unexpected twists, heartwarming emotions, and classic Borderlands humor,” reads a press release. “In the perpetually war-torn metropolis of Promethea, players will decide the fate of three underdogs to make chaos their business, with the selfless scientist Anu, her ambitious “streetwise” brother Octavio, and the fierce Fran.

“Players will face off against a planetary invasion, a vicious vault monster and cold-hearted capitalists in this cinematic thrill ride where what happens next depends on their decisions. Every choice, big or small, can impact the course of the story, often in unexpected ways, and only by playing the game will players fully understand how their decision can change the Borderlands.”

One thing the team took to heart when developing New Tales from the Borderlands is making sure that every input on the controller – every choice – counts. The studio wanted payouts of all types based on your choices, which took a lot of planning. This planning, which dates back at least two and a half years, will soon come to fruition when New Tales from the Borderlands releases on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

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