Tales from the Borderlands Unofficial FAQ (Last Update on June 20th, 2014)
All information in this FAQ is compiled by community moderators Jennifer, Vainamoinen, and Blind Sniper. We check our facts thoroughly and have a lot of Telltale experience on our backs, but this is not an 'official' source, we're just volunteers!
(first and very rudimentary improvised FAQ draft here - hard facts aren't exactly available yet. Let us know if you have corrections and additions. And ask away right in this thread, of course. We'll do our best to answer, guess and evaluate... ;) )
(1) What exactly is "Tales from the Borderlands"?
TftB is an upcoming episodic game set in the Borderlands game universe after Borderlands 2 and its DLC.
(2) What kind of game can we expect?
Telltale has only just established its new trademark game style with The Walking Dead in 2012. We don't expect that style to change completely for Borderlands. Telltale focuses on new storylines, (mostly) new characters and aims to tell new, intricate stories in well-known settings. The game progresses through the player's dialog and plot choices, interspersed with carefully orchestrated QTE action sequences.
(3) So no shooting?!
Oh, in one way or another, people will certainly shoot and get shot at. Probably not in the FPS kind of way, and not quite as often though. During the SXSW Tales from the Borderlands panel, it was mentioned by one of the game designers that there would be shooting segments in the game - "just in a Telltale kind of way." This was further elaborated upon in the May 2014 issue of the Official Xbox Magazine, where it was revealed that the shooting sequences will fall somewhere in between the Borderlands and Telltale style of action sequences.
(4) When and where in the Borderlands timeline is this game set?
During the Tales from the Borderlands SXSW panel, it was mentioned that the game takes place in Pandora after Borderlands 2 and its DLC.
(5) Who will you play as in Tales from The Borderlands?
During the Tales from the Borderlands SXSW panel, it was revealed that the narrative will switch between the perspective of two original characters created for the game - Rhys and Fiona. Both narratives will conflict with each other and sometimes reality, as both characters are driven by greed. Kevin Bruner of Telltale mentioned during the SXSW Tales from the Borderlands panel that the two characters will both tell their style of a "BIg Fish" style narrative.
(6) Will characters from the original Borderlands games return, and will the original voice cast be coming back?
Some characters from the original Borderlands games will be making a return, as will their voice actors. Dameon Clarke is reprising his role as Handsome Jack, and he will be joined by other members of the Borderlands cast as well as actors new to the Borderlands series, siuch as Partrick Warburton, Sam Witwer, Nolan North, and Chris Hardwick.
(7) The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us both have players making tough choices. What kinds of choices will you make in Tales from The Borderlands?
According to the Tales from the Borderlands SXSW Panel, instead of tough moral choices, players will be presented with a couple extremely desirable options - picking what they feel is the better of the options to choose. The two playable characters - Rhys and Fiona, are both driven by greed, so that will likely come into play as well.
(8) Are the original creators of the Borderlands game involved?
Telltale community lady @puzzlebox has described the project genesis on her twitter as follows: "Telltalegames and Gearbox Software got drunk at last year's VGAs and now they're having a Borderlands baby".
The father will get visiting rights. In the May 2014 issue of the Official Xbox Magazine, it was revealed that Gearbox Software would be acting in a consulting role, making sure that the story and characters stay true to the greater Borderlands universe.
(9) What platforms will Tales from the Borderlands be available for?
At the Sony presentation at E3 2014, it was revealed that Tales from the Borderlands would release for PlayStation Vita. No other platforms have been announced, but very likely suspects are of course PC and Mac.
(10) How much will it cost?
No info as well. It's unlikely that Telltale will raise its present price tag for full Seasons (25$) or single episodes (5$) significantly though.
(11) I'm new to all that episodic game stuff. How are they doing this?
You can expect to receive a new episode roughly every five to eight weeks. Each episode contains an individual part of a story that is held together through a narrative that connects all of the episodes together into what Telltale calls a season. Think along the lines of a serialized television series such as Lost. An episode usually lasts about as long as a good movie would.
(12) How many episodes will there be?
No information is available as of yet. An overwhelming percentage of Telltale's games however have five episodes.
(13) When will the episodes be released?
Episode one supposedly hits in 2014, after The Walking Dead: Season 2 and The Wolf Among Us have concluded.
(14) Will the different platforms release simultaneously?
Almost. Telltale has come a long way since 2009, when the PC and console releases of their episodes were months apart. Nowadays, most platforms released within days of each other, and even these small lags were only due to the different release schedules of XBLA and PSN NA. However, PSN Europe always lagged a bit more. It is to be expected that these lags will also be apparent and unavoidable during the "Tales from the Borderlands" release. Be prepared!
(15) Are there concrete release dates for all these episodes?
Ok, here's the really really important part. There absolutely are not!! While Telltale doesn't start each new episode 'from scratch', large parts of the development cycle still take place during these release months. From writing to animation to voice acting to possible gamer input from the forums, it all comes together to form a new episode only weeks and days before release; and eventually, another time frame insecurity is added when console manufacturers receive the final build of the episodes for their quality assurance process.
As a consequence, fixed dates will only be announced mere days before an episode releases (in Telltale's blog, on their twitter, facebook page, etc.). Don't ever believe dates given by various unofficial sites! These are nothing but estimates, placeholder dates and possibly wishful thinking.
(16) For which languages will the game be available?
No info yet. At launch, Telltale mostly only does English.
(17) Will there be a bonus/free collector's DVD version available when I purchase the game directly from the Telltale store?
No info yet. The chance is there of course. ;)