Tequila behind Telltale's collaboration with Gearbox

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Tequila often leads to strange pairings, as any bartender or bar fly can attest. However, at last year’s Spike VGAs, it helped bring Telltale Games and Gearbox together, eventually leading to that strange love child that will be Tales from the Borderlands.

Telltale Games is best known for their amazing interactive story-telling adventure of The Walking Dead. When seated near the guys from Gearbox, all it took was some cocktails to bring them together, as they told Polygon:

We were backstage at the [2012] Spike VGAs, and Gearbox was sitting at table one and we were sitting at table two — we were there for The Walking Dead. We got to talking a little bit, and I don’t remember when it the night it became, “we should do this thing,” but it happened over a few cocktails.

We could have easily left it and chalked it up to too much tequila, but we followed up when we got home, and they remembered the conversation. The Borderlands universe has so much story potential, all those great characters. There’s a narrative there in Borderlands 2 but it serves a certain purpose, and we can serve a difference purpose with it for fans of the franchise.

Another project they are taking on in 2014 (beyond finishing Season 2 of The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us) is a Game of Thrones game. Apparently, that game will draw upon the books and series to tell a part of the story we may not have seen thus far – their arrangement with HBO is a multi-year, mutli-title deal:

We want franchises that are really difficult to translate into traditional gaming, we don’t want to make another Walking Dead first-person shooter. What works with the franchises we have it the characters, the story and drama and the relationships. We look for franchises that are huge and have all those elements.

To be honest, I’m not entirely excited about a Game of Thrones game, and I’m also skeptical about Tales from the Borderlands. That said, the Telltale crew has done a fantastic job with The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us; I’m sure they will surprise me with a whole new approach to these other games, too. Or maybe I’ll just have to drink plenty of Tequila…

Last Updated: January 2, 2014

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