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Tales from the Borderlands: "minds will be blown"

We talk to Telltale Games about their collaboration with Gearbox.

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During E3 we caught up with Telltale Games' Richard Iggo, and he had plenty to tell us about the exciting partnership between his studio and Gearbox that's resulting in Tales from the Borderlands.

"We knew that there was a lot of story there for us to use, to grow into something that could be a Telltale game, but we really weren't prepared for the size of the universe that Gearbox has designed," Iggo told us.

"The Borderlands universe is as big as something like Star Wars before the expanded universe just got recently killed," he revealed before later continuing, "it absolutely is. The ecology's there, the history's there, they've gone into an amazing amount of detail to create this world and you've just not really seen it in the games that they've created, and frankly, you've had no need to because the games that they've created, Borderlands and Borderlands 2, are so good at what they do; they're so good at the shoot 'n' loot mechanics, they're so good at multiplayer, and so you're not really concerned with that."

"The story is there if you want it and for those that look, but it doesn't necessarily jump out at you. And that's the other thing that, you know, we're taking that now to another level with a Telltale game, which is focused on story and characters. We're not trying to make a first-person shooter, that's not what we do. There's certainly action in our game, but it's definitely about the characters and the story lines."

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We also found out a bit about the two-character mechanic, with Iggo explaining one sequence at the start of the game, where characters Rhys and Fiona are telling "a big fish tale" to a mysterious character from different perspectives ("all driven by player choice by the way"), revealing how things transpired up to that point.

"You're creating these crazy, crazy stories, explaining to the stranger, this mysterious stranger, how you got to this point. But the truth of the matter is the stranger has actually got a pretty good idea of what really did happen, and when people find out who that character is, I think Borderlands fans, their minds will be blown."

Telltale have got a lot on their collective plate at the moment, with ongoing commitments to The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead, as well as the other game that they recently announced, their adaptation of Game of Thrones.

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