Tales from the Borderlands is a great example of what kind of brilliant nonsense the gaming industry can come up with over a few drinks. Who would have thought that Telltale Games and Gearbox would find common ground with each other, ultimately leading up to plans for an episodic adventure game based in the Borderlands world of Pandora? Yet here we are, and luckily thanks to a recorded SXSW panel we have a better understanding of how something like Tales from the Borderlands came to be.
Booze. Booze started it all. A couple of drinks between friendly businessmen resulted in this game. That's it! Well, that and both companies being excited at the idea of what the other could do for them. Gearbox thinks there's a narrative edge to Borderlands that would never find voice otherwise, and Telltale thinks there's a depth and drama to the characters and world of Borderlands that only they can give voice to. Perfect match?
That's not all the panel is limited to, however. There are a ton of details that come to light, like where Tales from the Borderlands falls with regards to canon, who the game's protagonists are and plenty more. Thanks goodness the panel was recorded, which means everyone can see exactly what sort of ridiculousness to expect from this game.
Tales from the Borderlands is planned to be released in episodically starting in 2014. Odds are, knowing Telltale, it will be released on every platform they can get their hands on.