Hi boys and gi- No. That doesn’t feel right. How’s it going Detr- No, no. Hmm. You know what forget the intro for now. I’m your new pal Grimm and I’m here with a whole ton of gaming goodness. Tonight we have a summary from the SXSW Tales from the borderlands panel. The panel consisted of two telltale and two Gearbox representatives. In telltale’s corner they brought in Harrison Pink (ColonialPink), Lead Designer, Tales from the Borderlands, and Kevin Bruner (KevBru), President and Co-Founder of Telltale Games. While Gearbox brought Matthew Armstrong (@MisterArmstrong), Franchise Creator & Director, Borderlands and Anthony Burch (@reverendanthony), Lead Writer, Borderlands 2. Let’s not forget the moderators. From The Indoor Kids, they had Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) & Emily V. Gordon (@thegynomite). As someone who doesn’t traditionally watch or follow panel discussions this was a special treat, of all the people involved in the project these four were exactly who I was hoping to see.
A lot of what this panel covered was the characters themselves. This game centers on two relatively unknowns who until recently remained unnamed. Well now we have names to put with the faces as we meet Rhys and Fiona. Here’s the rundown, Tales from the Borderlands takes place after the events of Borderlands two. Rhys and Fiona are not vault hunters. They are not the penultimate warrior harbingers of death and carnage that we have grown to love with the previous eight or so characters in the previous installments. Tftb is the story of the average Joe trying to make it by in a devastating wasteland. Rhys we learn is a Hyperion employee and hacker. While he bears a slight resemblance to Handsome Jack they were adamant in the assertion that Rhys is not a relative. While Fiona on the other hand is a fast talking con artist that is beginning to run out of places that don’t know her face.
The aim of this game is to create depth for the characters surrounding the world of Pandora. They want to expand the environment to show that this is a world of hard characters living in a hard place in a hard time. That while there is a lot of comedy in this story the world isn’t just a backdrop for the players, and the protagonists to tear up. Which given Telltale games track record I don’t think Gearbox could have chosen a better partner to collaborate with.
As far as the actual story goes not a lot of details were revealed, but they did explain the concept of having two sides to every story, and that it was being called, Two Sides to Every Story. During the panel they talked about how Rhys and Fiona each had their own way of remembering the events and that the truth was somewhere in the middle, but as far as finding the actual truth, don’t hold your breath.
Now, for the two BIG reveals! Skags have no, erm.. backdoor? For the sake of civility. Apparently they regurgitate everything rather than excrete it. If you were an avid Borderlands player that was not poo you were rooting through, and on a less sticky note it was all but confirmed that Claptrap will make an appearance among other well known Borderlands characters.
So there you have it. If your a borderlands fan check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxzE9k1CzUw&feature=youtu.be
and hear first hand all the goodness