An established leaker of Telltale projects has posted on Reddit that a Tales from the Borderlands sequel is in development at the revived version of the studio.
Reddit user Hereitismydude (who leaked the existence of Batman: Shadows Edition and information on The Wolf Among Us 2) posted about a potential return to Pandora for Telltale, as well as AdHoc Studio, a studio comprised of developers from the original Telltale Games who is also working on The Wolf Among Us 2. Along with Tales from the Borderlands 2, Hereitismydude says Telltale is also working on a third game in the Poker Night series, but it won’t be called “Poker Night 3,” and will feature various characters from Telltale’s catalog, including but not limited to Bigby Wolf from Wolf Among Us, Rhys and Fiona from Tales from the Borderlands, and Lee Everett from The Walking Dead.
The post also gave an update on The Wolf Among Us 2, which is apparently “on ‘hold,'” as a fair bit of assets are complete, but the actual story details are still being hashed out. Here’s the full post:
“Tales from the Borderlands 2 is going to happen in the future (already planned to be Telltale’s next big game, but it will still be a few years until its revealed) Gearbox is working out a deal for Telltale to have season 1 back as we speak, AdHoc is on board for season 2. Poker Night 3 is going to happen, but it isnt planned on being called Poker Night 3, overall early stages of development but not super early, it isnt planned on being that big of a game. Being made by Telltale and only Telltale, AdHoc has no involvement in Poker Night 3.
The Telltale team is at a point where Wolf 2 is on “hold” as they have made a ton of assets for Wolf 2 and have all core mechanics working (dialogue trees) and have locations they know without a doubt will appear in Wolf 2 finished (things like Bigby’s place, the Woodlands, Business Office, some New York Street settings.) However now they have to wait for AdHoc to really start the story so they know what to actually start crafting gameplay and story wise. In the meantime they will work on PN3 which they hope to announce at E3 and release a few days later digitally. It is also around this time I would expect Tales from the Borderlands 1 to be announced to be returned to Telltale.
Playing PN3 you will receive crossover items for Borderlands 3 and Fortnite. Characters are Bigby Wolf, Rhys&Fiona, Bruce Wayne, and Lee Everett. Was decided that all characters will be “Telltale” characters. Although Skybound is allowing rights for Lee to appear in PN3, they arnt giving Walking Dead back to Telltale. Game will use Unreal engine. Player can contribute to conversation this time, but wont have an actual voice.”
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While Poker Night may come as a surprise to some, as the series has been dormant for about seven years as of this writing, Tales from the Borderlands getting a sequel is notable because Telltale has been fairly transparent that the game didn’t do particularly well for the studio, even going as far as to say it was perceived internally by the studio as a “failure. Since then, some of its characters appeared in Borderlands 3 to mixed reception, especially after Rhys, one of the two protagonists of Telltale’s game, was re-cast, resulting in a public feud between actor Troy Baker and Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford. Whether Baker would return to voice Rhys in this hypothetical sequel is unclear at this point. Things got heated online.
The original Tales from the Borderlands launched in five episodes from 2014 to 2015, and took place between Borderlands 2 and 3. It appeared Telltale was given a fair bit of free rein with the game, as it featured several returning characters from Gearbox’s shooter franchise, and even was given the greenlight to kill off a series staple. It’s also a criminally underrated game from the studio, which really showed Telltale’s writing range, both comedically and in emotional character writing as well. Still reeling from the Loader Bot reveal and the end of AI Handsome Jack after all these years.
Play Tales from the Borderlands, ya’ll. I might play through it again myself.