At PAX West, Gearbox Software revealed the first extended 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 in store 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 on a new adventure set sometime after Borderlands 3.
The gameplay reveal at PAX West showcased a lot of familiar elements. Players will still have to make choices that will impact the way the full story will unfold, and decisions could reverberate and affect outcomes far into the game.
Alongside dialogue choices, there will be quick-time events and while failing some might lead to unique outcomes, others could prove deadly and final.
However, aside from QTE and making story choices, Gearbox has added some unique gameplay elements to New Tales. There are gameplay homages like one iconic stealth scene you see in the gameplay reveal, as well as a new figure combat minigame around collectibles called Vaultlanders.
Throughout New Tales From the Borderlands, you’ll be able to collect new Vaultlander figures each with their unique stats and abilities. Then, when the time comes, you’ll be able to bust these figures out in toy vs. toy combat.
New Tales From the Borderlands will be released on October 21, 2022. While it will be episodic in format, every episode will be available at launch and players can choose which episode to play, even if it’s out-of-order (though we don’t recommend you play like that).
Check back at IGN for more reveals from PAX West.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.
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