At PAX West, Gearbox Software revealed the first look at the gameplay for New Tales From the Borderlands. While Gearbox is committed to the narrative style pioneered by Telltale Games, there are plenty of surprises for this revival.
As revealed last month, Gearbox and key alumni from Telltale Games who worked on the first Tales From the Borderlands, are working on a spiritual successor to the series. New Tales From the Borderlands will follow a new cast of characters in a new adventure set sometime after Borderlands 3.
The gameplay reveal at PAX West showcases many familiar elements. Players still have to make choices that will affect how the full story will unfold, and decisions can resonate and affect outcomes deep into the game.
Dialog options aside, there will be quick events and while failing some might lead to a unique outcome, others could prove deadly and final.
However, apart from QTE and making story choices, Gearbox has added some unique gameplay elements to New Tales. There’s homage gameplay like the one iconic stealth scene you see in the gameplay reveal, as well as a new figure fighting minigame around the collection called Vaultlanders.
Throughout New Tales From the Borderlands, you’ll be able to collect new Vaultlander figures each with their own unique stats and abilities. Then, when the time comes, you’ll be able to beat these numbers in a toy vs. toy.
Tales From the Borderlands will only be released on October 21, 2022. Although it will be in an episodic format, each episode will be available at launch and players can choose which episodes to play, even if they are not sequential (although we don’t recommend playing that way).
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