Behind the Scenes of 'Tales from the Borderlands' - The Gearbox Interview

Posted on November 21 by puzzlebox

Today we would like to share an all-new interview with our friends at Gearbox Software about our upcoming episodic game series, Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series.

The video features some exclusive new footage from the game, as well as interviews with Borderlands Creator and Franchise Director, Matthew Armstrong, Borderlands 2 writer Anthony Burch, producer James Lopez, and Gearbox Software CEO & President, Randy Pitchford.

Hear from the team behind the franchise as they discuss working with Telltale on the upcoming series, which will be premiering for download VERY soon!

First trailer for 'Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series'

Posted on November 20 by puzzlebox

This trailer is one we've been absolutely dying to share for a while now! If you've been keeping up with the latest, you'll already know that Telltale's upcoming Game of Thrones series is based on the award-winning HBO television drama, and tells the story of House Forrester. Caught up in the events of The War of the Five Kings, they're placed in a precarious position where members of the household must do everything they can to prevent the house from meeting its doom.


Today we can announce that some cast members of the television series will reprise their roles in the game. While you'll get to control five members of House Forrester in your story, the series will have you interacting with characters you already know and love (or hate) throughout the season, including Tyrion Lannister performed by Peter Dinklage, Cersei Lannister performed by Lena Heady, Margaery Tyrell performed by Natalie Dormer, and Ramsay Snow performed by Iwan Rheon. Additional cast members will appear in later episodes... as for who and when? That would spoil the surprise!

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House Forrester is a noble house from the Wolfswood in the north of Westeros. Bannermen to House Glover, they have always offered unswerving loyalty to the ruling great house of the North - the Starks. The Forresters are seated at Ironrath, an imposing stronghold surrounded by towering ironwood trees. Built over fifteen hundred years ago by Cedric Forrester and his triplet sons, Ironrath is a testament to the strength and endurance of Ironwood. The Forrester house words are 'Iron from Ice', which echoes their belief that - like the ironwood itself - the adverse conditions and unforgiving landscape of the North only makes them stronger.

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The game will be played from five different points of view. Each is a member of House Forrester; either a direct family member, or a person in service to the House. Scattered across Westeros and Essos, each will play their part in seeking to save House Forrester from destruction.

Playing as five characters not only reflects the epic scope of Game of Thrones, but is also something that you'll need to be mindful of as you play through the season. This is because the actions of one character can ripple out to affect the rest of House Forrester. Multiply the actions of one character by five, and you're truly playing the Game of Thrones... where you win, or you die.

'Iron from Ice', the first of six episodes, will be arriving for download soon on PC/Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and iOS... until then, look out for clues scattered around the web for more info about some of the characters you'll be meeting!

Join us for the 'Tales from the Borderlands' LIVE Premiere!

Posted on November 17 by puzzlebox

Hey guys! Tales from the Borderlands will be premiering super soon... and to celebrate, we're doing a LIVE premiere event at the Alamo Drafthouse!

Join Telltale Games and Gearbox Software at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson on Monday, November 24th to be among the very first to see the season premiere. Can't make it out in person? No worries - Nerdist.com will be streaming the event LIVE on Twitch!

Tickets are limited, click here to grab yours!

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Based on the hit 'Borderlands' video games from Gearbox Software and 2K, Tales from the Borderlands is the all-new five part game series from Telltale Games, makers of the critically-acclaimed The Walking Dead – A Telltale Games Series and The Wolf Among Us. Set on the unforgiving world of Pandora after the events of Borderlands 2, Tales from the Borderlands is full of the trademark humor and action the hit franchise is famous for, and follows two unique adventurers on their quest for greatness.

In a special world premiere event at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Richardson, Texas, Telltale and hometown heroes Gearbox Software will show the first episode of the series, 'Zer0 Sum,' LIVE in front of an audience of Borderlands' biggest fans on the big screen! Attendees are encouraged to show up to the screening in costume as their favorite Borderlands characters, and ready to interact with the game in this very special play through of the episode. With the audience’s help, the developers will make the game's tough decisions live on-screen as they begin this new Borderlands story.

Prizes and giveaways will be awarded to fans with the best costumes, and the evening will also welcome Nerdist.com who will be streaming the event LIVE on Twitch as the audience raises a glass in celebration of the world premiere. A limited number of free tickets to this first-of-its-kind interactive play-through are available online, and no fan in attendance will leave empty-handed...

'Tales from the Borderlands' world premiere trailer and launch platforms

Posted on November 13 by puzzlebox

Alright kiddos... today we'd like to welcome you back to Pandora (again) with the very first look at Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series in motion! Announced less than a year ago, and shown behind closed doors at E3 and PAX Prime, today is the FIRST time we are sharing a look at the game with fans across the world. Don't miss this one!


The season will feature Troy Baker as Rhys, Laura Bailey as Fiona, Chris Hardwick as Vaughn, Erin Yvette as Sasha, Patrick Warburton as Vasquez, Nolan North as August, and Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack... and more yet to be announced!

Set on the unforgiving world of Pandora after the events seen in Borderlands 2, Tales from the Borderlands is a five part episodic game series full of Borderlands' trademark humor, following two adventurers on their quest for greatness.

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You'll play as Rhys, a Hyperion 'suit' with dreams of being the next Handsome Jack, and Fiona, a Pandoran con artist looking to score her biggest ever swindle. Thrown together as unwilling partners in an adventure to recover cash they both think is theirs, their journey will take you on a wild ride through Gearbox's Borderlands universe where gangsters, bandit lords, and Vault Hunters are just some of the obstacles you'll encounter...

The season will be coming soon to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC/Mac. It will also be available for compatible iOS devices and Android-based devices before the end of 2014. Stay tuned right here on the Telltale Games blog and to our Facebook and Twitter for more details as we near the season premiere!

Your Story Begins: First details on 'Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series'

Posted on November 11 by puzzlebox

Based on HBO's award-winning television drama, Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series tells the story of House Forrester. Caught up in the events of The War of the Five Kings, they are placed in a precarious position where members of the household must do everything they can to prevent the house from meeting its doom.

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Our game series is based on the world, characters and events seen in HBO's TV show, which in turn is based on George R. R. Martin's books (A Song of Ice and Fire). The events in our game series begin towards the end of Season Three of the TV show, and end right before the beginning of Season Five. You will visit familiar locations such as King's Landing and The Wall, as well as unfamiliar locations such as Ironrath, the home of House Forrester.

House Forrester is a noble house from the Wolfswood in the north of Westeros. Bannermen to House Glover, they have always offered unswerving loyalty to the ruling great house of the North – the Starks. The Forresters are seated at Ironrath, an imposing stronghold surrounded by towering ironwood trees. Built over fifteen hundred years ago by Cedric Forrester and his triplet sons, Ironrath is a testament to the strength and endurance of Ironwood. The Forrester house words are 'Iron from Ice', which echoes their belief that - like the ironwood itself - the adverse conditions and unforgiving landscape of the North only makes them stronger.

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Ironrath sits on the edge of the largest ironwood forest in Westeros, which has proven to be a strategic advantage for the House. The trees are a valuable commodity; many of the best weapons, ships, and defensive structures include the use of ironwood. House Forrester controls the majority of the ironwood forests in the Wolfswood, much to the chagrin of their bitter rivals, House Whitehill.

Although the Forresters have not appeared in HBO's TV show, they are canon to the world created by George R. R. Martin, having appeared in the book 'A Dance with Dragons'.

You will play the game from five different points of view. Each character you play as is a member of House Forrester; either a direct family member, or a person in service to the House. Scattered across Westeros and Essos, each character will play their part in seeking to save House Forrester from destruction.

Playing as five characters not only reflects the epic scope of Game of Thrones, but is also something that the player needs to be mindful of. This is because the actions of one character can ripple out to affect the rest of House Forrester. Multiply the actions of one character by five, and you're truly playing the Game of Thrones…where you win, or you die.

Additional details on the series and its upcoming premiere episode, 'Iron From Ice' are forthcoming. Stay tuned here to the Telltale Games Blog, twitter, and Facebook pages for more information as we approach the premiere, the first of six episodes, which will be arriving for download soon on PC/Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and iOS, with additional platforms to be announced.

Clementine figurines announced at NYCC

Posted on October 12 by puzzlebox

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Exciting news announced just minutes ago at Telltale's The Walking Dead panel out at New York Comic-Con... a Clementine action figure developed by Skybound, Telltale Games, and McFarlane Toys will be coming soon!

Clementine is the heart and soul of two seasons of The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series. At Telltale, we often have fans asking for The Walking Dead merch, and Skybound has said that Clem is probably the figure they most often get asked to make, so we're really thrilled to be able to partner up and do these Clementine figurines together!

We have some pics to show you of what's coming up. Here's the special Clementine figurine in "clean" and "bloody" versions (look at that detail!):

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Exclusively from Skybound, the Clem figure will be available in both Full Color and in Blood Splattered Color versions and comes with backpack, pistol, and hammer. Stay tuned for full release details!

The Wolf Among Us coming to Xbox One, PS4 and Retail - PLUS Golden Joystick Awards nominations!

Posted on October 9 by puzzlebox

It's definitely a big month for us at Telltale! You might have caught our announcement last week about The Walking Dead: Season Two coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PS3, and PS Vita at retail... well, we've got even more good news for fans today.

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The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series will ALSO be arriving in stores for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, and PS Vita on November 4th in North America, and November 7th in Europe! For those who prefer to run more in the virtual world, the full season will be downloadable for Xbox One, PS4 and PS Vita as well (you can already get all 5 episodes via digital download for Xbox 360 and PS3).

Check out the trailer we've prepped especially for this retail release as well. Experiencing scenes from The Wolf Among Us finale again as they're put together in this trailer is kind of amazing for me - remembering this stuff still sends a shiver down my spine. It's very tense, a little bit creepy, and a LOT awesome.


Already played through the full season of Wolf? It's nominated in a whole bunch of categories for the Golden Joystick Awards, including Game of the Year and Best Storytelling! If you really liked what you saw/heard/played throughout the series, go ahead and help support us by voting using the link below. It means more than we can say!

Vote for The Wolf Among Us in the Golden Joystick Awards!

The Walking Dead: Season Two coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Retail for the First Time

Posted on October 2 by puzzlebox

Great news for Walking Dead fans who've been looking forward to physical console editions of Season Two... they're landing in stores later this month! All 5 episodes of The Walking Dead: Season Two will be available on retail discs for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One AND PlayStation 4 in North America starting October 21st (Europe gets all the goodness just a few days later on October 24th)! The season will be downloadable on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well.

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For those who prefer their walkers in a portable format, The Walking Dead: Season Two will also be available at retail for PlayStation Vita starting November 4th in North America.

If you've been holding out for all the episodes in Season Two to be released before diving in, or even if you're just ready to play through the story again, this month will be the perfect time to get started!

In celebration of the Season Two release on the new consoles, we've created a special trailer looking back at the season finale. Even if you haven't played through the season yet, it's low on actual spoilers and pretty safe to check out.


We haven't forgotten Lee's legacy either. The Walking Dead: Season One, where Lee and Clementine's journey began, will be available on disc for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 starting October 14th - the very first time the season has been available on these platforms. That package will include all 5 episodes in the main story, plus the special sixth episode 400 Days, which tells the story of the first 400 days of the apocalypse from the perspective of several different survivors. Without spoiling anything: if you haven't played 400 Days yet, it might just change the way you think about some of the events in Season Two...

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It's shaping up to be an exciting month ahead! As ever, thanks for reading, and thank you for playing. This season of The Walking Dead has been an amazing ride for us, and our favorite part of our development cycle is always getting to see how YOU react to each episode. We can't wait to share our next projects with you!

And in case you missed the news out of San Diego Comic-Con this summer, The Walking Dead WILL be returning for a third season with Telltale... but as for which characters exactly will be returning? We’ll just have to wait to find out...

Play 'Tales from the Borderlands' at PAX Prime

Posted on August 28 by puzzlebox

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The Telltale Games team is out at PAX Prime in Seattle... and tomorrow, for the first time outside of E3, we'll be showing a playable demo of Tales from the Borderlands!

Come visit us at booth #3017 and experience a little of this tale on the delightfully hospitable world of Pandora. Play the demo and get a free t-shirt! There are four designs to collect, one for each day of the show. Supplies are limited, so be sure to come and play early!

Tales from the Borderlands PAX t-shirts

Or just come by and say hello - we're ALWAYS excited to meet fans at PAX!

The Walking Dead: Season Two Finale is out now!

Posted on August 28 by puzzlebox

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The Walking Dead: Season Two Finale, 'No Going Back', is now available on PC/Mac, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and iOS! Here's what the press has been saying about the season's conclusion.

  • IGN - 9.5 out of 10 - Editors' Choice - "This is perhaps the most heartbreaking and tense episode of anything Telltale has ever made. How Clementine braces for the impact of everything in front of her is up to you -- and where that takes her left me in awe."

  • Nerdist - 10 out of 10 - "Season 2 of The Walking Dead was one of the best gaming experiences I've had in quite some time, and No Going Back is a real mic drop moment for the series... Telltale continues to prove why they're one of the best in the business for deeply compelling, player-driven experiences."

  • Newsarama - "It's a masterpiece of gaming. It's a masterpiece of storytelling. It's a masterpiece of a morality play. The beauty of Telltale’s promise, to deliver games that hybridize all these things, is fully realized here, in what can only be called the best gaming experience I've had in the modern era of video games."

  • Comic Book Resources - "will likely go down as one of the most impressive gaming experiences of all time."

  • The Escapist - 9 out of 10 - "Telltale continues to prove why it's among the masters of storytelling in videogames today, with an almost unmatched grasp of how to write believable characters, meaningful situations, and create a sense of tragedy and horror that truly engages with the player, thanks to a depth and nuance that you just don't see in other games."

  • Cheat Code Central - 10 out of 10 - "The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 5 'No Going Back' is emotionally devastating, truly and wholly emotionally devastating. Telltale games goes places that few video game writers, or any writers for that matter, dare go in this moving title"

And in case you didn't catch it over the weekend, check out the last pre-finale 'Playing Dead', where Melissa Hutchison (voice of Clementine) and Gavin Hammon (Kenny) discuss the development of their characters' relationship over the course of two seasons.


The Telltale team is now headed out to PAX in Seattle to show Tales from the Borderlands - hope we get to see you there!

Trailer and Release Dates for The Walking Dead: Season Two Finale

Posted on August 21 by puzzlebox

Your choices will decide Clem's fate. Who will YOU become? ‪'#MyClementine

Don't miss this special trailer for The Walking Dead: Season Two Finale, 'NO GOING BACK,' arriving for download starting next week!

  • 8/26 - PC/Mac, PlayStation 3 & PS Vita North America
  • 8/27 - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 & PS Vita Europe
  • 8/28 - iPhone & iPad via the App Store

Although this video contains MAJOR spoilers for previous episodes in The Walking Dead Season One and Two, there are NO spoilers for the finale... but do watch for an all-new scene created exclusively for the trailer!

'Playing Dead' returns

Posted on August 11 by puzzlebox

The 'Playing Dead' web series from IGN is back!

In this latest episode, host Greg Miller discusses The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 4 - Amid the Ruins with designer Mark Darin and director Jason Latino. Check it out, and look for more news on the season finale coming up very soon!

The Wolf Among Us wins 'Game of the Month' awards

Posted on August 8 by puzzlebox

The Wolf Among Us has been awarded 'Game of the Month' honors for July from both IGN and GamesRadar!

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In their video announcing the accolade for the season finale, Cry Wolf, IGN said the season has "some of the best action, some of the best writing, and honestly the best final twist that Telltale's ever done... at the end of 2014 I'm going to look back on storytelling in games, and I have no doubt that The Wolf Among Us is going to be right at the top."

GamesRadar also said that "The Wolf Among Us will huff, and it'll puff, and it'll blow you away... it grabs you from the first minute and doesn't let go until the credits roll. With Wolf, Telltale has taken a simple point-and-click adventure and created pure magic."

Thanks to all those of you who've played the season along the way!

As for The Walking Dead: Season Two: the season's final episode, No Going Back, is well under way. Look out for more news on that coming very soon!

Third season of The Walking Dead from Telltale announced at SDCC

Posted on July 28 by puzzlebox

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Some exciting news out of San Diego Comic Con this past weekend: Telltale Games President Kevin Bruner and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman announced that there will be a third season of The Walking Dead from Telltale!

Before we get there though, we've got Season Two to finish up... stay tuned for more news on the season finale coming soon!

In the meantime, you can check out a video of the full SDCC panel below.

The penultimate episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two is out now

Posted on July 25 by puzzlebox

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The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 4 - Amid the Ruins is available now on PC/Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, Vita, and iOS! This is the penultimate episode in the season, so be sure not to miss it before the season finale. Check out what the press thought of Amid the Ruins below!

  • GameTrailers - 9.5 out of 10 - "The best episode of the season so far... The writing is the best it’s ever been"

  • GameSpot - 9 out of 10 - "Telltale's masterful storytelling keeps us hoping for the best even as that optimism is continually shattered by what is proving to be one of the most memorable tragedies ever told in gaming"

  • Machinima - 9 out of 10 - "This second season has accomplished what season one did so well: it’s managed to keep me both eager and dreading the new episodes"

  • Joystiq - 4.5 out of 5 - "makes us wish for life harder than we ever have"

  • GamesRadar - "Amid the Ruins is Season 2's strongest episode (and is easily on par with Season 1's most memorable episodes)... makes the wait for Season 2's final episode an agonizing one"

  • GamesBeat - 90 out of 100 - "will keep you riveted... Clementine's group has never been more desperate"

  • Gaming Age - A+ - "I've found this episode to be so enjoyable that I have a tough time believing Telltale can even top it with the finale. Hopefully I'll be proven wrong there, but either way, this episode will remain as one of my favorites in the entire series thus far."

  • Destructoid - "Clem has taken everything she's learned from Lee and applied it tenfold, to the point where these new connections she's made this year trump anything she's experienced personally with her former father-figure."

  • The Escapist - "With a final tragic revelation and a sudden jump to the credits, Amid The Ruins ends on a bang - quite literally - and keeps me on the edge of my seat, waiting for the next chapter."

Look out for news on the season finale No Going Back in the coming weeks!

Trailer and release dates! The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 4 - 'Amid the Ruins'

Posted on July 17 by puzzlebox

The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 4 - Amid the Ruins arrives for download starting NEXT WEEK!

  • 7/22 - PC/Mac worldwide, PlayStation 3 & Vita North America (SCEA)
  • 7/23 - Xbox 360 worldwide, PlayStation 3 & Vita Europe (SCEE)
  • 7/24 - iPhone & iPad via the App Store

Check out the trailer below for a peek at what Clem and her group are facing in this penultimate episode.

The Wolf Among Us season finale: out now

Posted on July 10 by puzzlebox

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Cry Wolf, the season finale of critically-acclaimed series The Wolf Among Us, is now available for download on PC/Mac, Xbox 360, PS3 and iOS! Here's what the press thought of the conclusion to the season.

  • IGN - 9.3 out of 10 - "a fantastic finale, and some of the best work Telltale has ever done"

  • Destructoid - 9 out of 10 - "The Wolf Among Us has been one hell of a ride... a hallmark of excellence"

  • VentureBeat - 95 out of 100 - "Cry Wolf ends Telltale's Fables series on a memorable and effective note, taking everything that has worked in the series so far and amplifying it to its most spectacular... It's everything a finale should be"

  • Machinima - 9 out of 10 - "Choices do matter, and they can drastically change the outcome"

  • Digital Trends - 5 out of 5 - "full of excitement... Terrific conclusion"

  • Joystiq - 4.5 out of 5 - "an incredible showdown... The Wolf Among Us has been consistently excellent from start to finish"

  • Nerdist - "seeing the full tapestry of The Wolf Among Us makes me think this might be [Telltale's] best work yet... a tour de force"

  • Penny Arcade - "Wind this thing up and watch it go. This is the kind of sht that turns people into gamers"*

As for the next episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two, Amid the Ruins: expect to see a sneak peek soon!

Trailer and release dates for The Wolf Among Us season finale

Posted on July 3 by puzzlebox


The season finale of The Wolf Among Us, Cry Wolf, will be arriving for download next week!

  • Tues, July 8th - PC/Mac worldwide, PlayStation North America
  • Wed, July 9th - Xbox 360 worldwide, PlayStation Europe
  • Thurs, July 10th - iOS App Store worldwide

Don't miss the trailer above if you've already caught up on the season so far. This one is a must-watch!

E3 wrap-up - Tales from the Borderlands & The Walking Dead pinball

Posted on June 16 by puzzlebox

We're just back from a crazy hectic week out at E3, where press got their very first look at Tales from the Borderlands in motion! Following are some new screenshots from the game, pics of our demo theater, and thoughts from the press about what they saw inside...

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"Telltale's record is pretty darn good. Once it made the jump from traditional point-and-click to narrative-driven gameplay, the developer found a format that works for just about any game. And then it announced Tales from the Borderlands, and it felt like it might've gone one step too far. Borderlands was about guns! And loot! Things that don't work in that style of gameplay! Right? Wrong. So beautifully, wonderfully wrong." - GamesRadar

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"It’s savvy, smart adaptation at work... The art direction and humour belong to the world of Borderlands, but the narrative complexity and ingenuity are unmistakably Telltale." - IGN

"They're doing some REALLY creative, cool stuff that got me really excited... They have an excellent lead character, and I think they have an excellent premise... I was hooked." - GameTrailers

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"...an absolutely perfect approach to the Borderlands world." - PC Gamer

"Tales from the Borderlands is a match made in heaven... Masterfully, Telltale hit the bulls-eye in their partnership with Gearbox." - CinemaBlend

"Game of show. Calling it right now. Stop everything." - Cheat Code Central

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The Stranger

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"We walked out of the room with a keen sense of anticipation for Tales from the Borderlands' release along with a genuine smile on our face from the humour that runs beneath the narrative... You're not a vault hunter, this isn't a first-person shooter, but it's 100 per cent Borderlands." - PocketGamer

"Telltale Games continues to prove itself as an agile team of storytellers, capable of molding and shaping a variety of tonally and thematically different fictional sources into impactful experiences that all share a common DNA. Tales from the Borderlands shows every sign of being yet another faithful realization of that notion, a story by Borderlands fans, for Borderlands fans that takes something familiar and frames it in a very different way." - Digital Trends

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And finally... we were lucky enough to have some very special visitors come by our booth during the week, including the voice of Lee Everett, Dave Fennoy himself. He was psyched to play The Walking Dead pinball (and we were psyched to have him there)!

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