Tales from the Borderlands FAQ
- What is this game?
Based on Gearbox Software’s award-winning Borderlands games, Tales from the Borderlands is a five part episodic adventure game series from the creators of The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series.
- What’s the story?
Set after the events seen in Borderlands 2, Tales from the Borderlands begins as a series of flashbacks revealing how the two main characters – Rhys and Fiona – became involved in a shady deal that goes very wrong for both of them. Thrown together in an unlikely partnership to recover money they both think is theirs, they soon become involved in something much bigger. Bandit lords, gangsters, grilled skag meat, a vault hunter, self-pitying robots, homicidal midgets, ten million dollars, powerful Atlas tech, and a Vault Key are just the tip of the iceberg, in this brand new adventure dripping with Borderlands’ trademark humor.
- When and where is it set?
Tales from the Borderlands takes place on Pandora, one of the known galaxy’s most dangerous planets, and location for the stories seen in Borderlands and Borderlands 2. Mostly barren and populated by very dangerous creatures (and people…and robots), it’s a place where only the strong survive. Various powerful corporations have attempted to tame Pandora, but none have succeeded.
Pandora is also home to the Vaults – repositories of powerful alien technology. At the time of Tales, two Vaults have been found and opened, the latter resulting in the death of Hyperion Corporation CEO and dictator, Handsome Jack. But even though he’s gone, Jack’s presence has yet to relinquish its hold on Pandora.
- Who do I play as?
You will play as two different characters – Rhys, and Fiona.
Rhys works for the Hyperion Corporation, and has been working hard to fill the void left by Handsome Jack. Unfortunately, his goal is stolen from him by arch-rival Hugo Vasquez, and in an attempt at revenge, he intends to steal Vasquez’ deal on Pandora for a Vault Key, instantly transporting him (and his friends) to the top of the Hyperion food chain.
Fiona is a native Pandoran and a gifted con-artist. She and her accomplices set out to trick a local gangster into selling a very valuable item for them; but she didn’t count on the fact that when anything can go wrong on Pandora, it usually does, and in spectacular style.
- How does the game work?
If you’ve played Telltale’s other recent games, you’ll have a good idea of the choice-based gameplay you’ll enjoy in Tales from the Borderlands. If you’re new to Telltale and our games, the story you experience is driven by the choices that YOU make. You’ll make decisions about what to say (or not to say) in dialog with other characters, and this, along with physical choices in moments of action, will alter the flow of the story, meaning that the game you experience could be very different from someone else’s.
- Aren’t the other Borderlands games first person shooters?
They are! Gearbox has focused their attention on making the best possible shoot and loot games that they could, and it paid off with multiple Game of the Year Awards. Tales from the Borderlands offers the chance to interact with Pandora like never before. Watch this video to find out why Gearbox think that Tales from the Borderlands is a great idea: http://youtu.be/EUOtmpJiOSM
- I can change the story?
Yes. Our games constantly present you with choices that can change the game right in that very moment, or later in the episode or series. Telltale’s games are about making decisions and then living with the consequences.
- How is Gearbox Software involved in the production of this game?
Gearbox owns the Borderlands ‘IP’, and are partners in bringing you this new game series. The story and content of Tales were both created by Telltale, with support from Gearbox to ensure that your experience is 100% authentic. If you’re a fan of the Borderlands universe and its lore, you’ll feel right at home!
- How is 2K involved?
2K are the publishers of Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. While they’re not directly involved in the development or digital publishing of Tales from the Borderlands, they are highly supportive and valued partners in the entire process.
- Do I need to have played the other Borderlands games in order to enjoy this game series?
You can play and enjoy Tales from the Borderlands without having played any of the other Borderlands games, but you will definitely get the maximum amount of enjoyment out of Tales if you’re familiar with the stories and characters of the Borderlands series of games.
- Will any characters from the other Borderlands games appear in this game?
Yes…but we’ll let you find out who.
- Is it a ‘dark’ game like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us?
While the Borderlands universe has its darker moments, it’s also full of humor, and that’s something that will be reflected in Tales from the Borderlands.
- Is this game difficult to play? What are the controls like?
Our games are designed to allow anyone to play (rating allowing), regardless of their experience as a ‘gamer’. The difficulty comes not in mastering controls, but in being forced to make tough decisions with far-reaching consequences.
- Why is this game episodic? What does that mean?
Telltale has a history of releasing episodic games – our development philosophy is built around it and it’s something that makes us different from most other developers. Like many story-based TV shows, the game will tell a complete story arc over the course of a season. We will periodically release one episode at a time until all 5 episodes are available and the first season is complete.
- How many episodes are there in a season, and when are they made available?
There are five episodes in this first season. Episodes are usually available to download between 4 and 6 weeks apart.
- Is this game series available to buy on disc?
We usually release a full season on disc or other retail format sometime after the final episode is made available to download. Telltale is a ‘digital-first’ company.
- How long is each episode?
It varies by player, but most people finish an episode in around 2 hours.
- Is there multiplayer?
No. However, we’ve found that many people like to play ‘together’ and enjoy the episode as a group, much like a TV show.
- Which games systems is this game series available for?
- Tales from the Borderlands will be released on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, compatible iOS devices, and Android.
- What are the system specs for PC/Mac?
PC Minimum System Requirements
- OS: XP Service Pack 3
- Processor: Core 2 Duo 2GHz or equivalent
- Memory: 3 GB RAM
- Hard Disk Space: 4 GB Space Free
- Video Card: ATI or NVidia card w/ 512 MB RAM (Not recommended for Intel integrated graphics)
- DirectX®: Direct X 9.0c
- Sound: Direct X 9.0c sound device
PC Recommended System Requirements
- Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.3 Ghz or equivalent
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Video Card: ATI or NVidia card w/ 1024 MB RAM
Mac Minimum System Requirements
- OS: Snow Leopard (10.6.X)
- Processor: 2.3 Ghz Intel
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Hard Disk Space: 4 GB Space Free
- Video Card: 512 MB Nvidia or ATI graphics card
- Additional: Not recommended for Intel integrated graphics or Mac Minis or early-generation MacBooks