Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, the game-in-a-game Borderlands spin-off, is coming next year – and we learned a lot more about the game, its characters, its prey and more at the IGN Expo.
Talking to IGN in a trailer crash (below), creative director Matt Cox talked us through some important parts of the trailer, which gave us a much better idea of what’s going on in the action adventure.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands – Setting and key details
Wonderlands is set shortly after Assault on Dragon Keep, the Borderlands 2 DLC expansion that created this full spin-off – though Cox explains that you do not need to know that story to play this, as it̵
Seen in “an unpredictable fantasy world”, it is a four-player co-op game that changes on the go as Tiny Tina changes the story (and thus the game world) during a game of Bunkers & Badasses, Borderlands’ fictional recording Dungeons & Dragons. Cox suggests that this may not be a story file that points to a lot of looting and “content that can be repeated in the playoffs”.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands – Main characters
Unlike mainline Borderlands games, players create and customize their own heroes, which take multiple classes. It is not clear if they get speech or silent signs.
Outside of the players, a lot of voice talents are offered. Ashly Burch returns to voice Tiny Tina, Andy Samberg (The Lonely Island) will voice Captain Valentine, Will Arnett (LEGO Batman, Bojack Horseman) plays the main antagonist, Dragon Lord, and Wanda Sykes (Harley Quinn, Broad City) plays a “rules -occupied robot “called Fret.
The character in the trailer can not be played – who they are, we do not know yet, but they are expressed by veteran anime voice actor, Gabe Kunda.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands – Weapons, looting and magic
As you might expect, Wonderlands places great emphasis on weapons and prey. Cox says that weapons can not be adapted, but there is a wide range to be found along the way – and they come in the form of weapons, melee weapons and magic. You will also discover armor and amulets (which presumably add skills or change stats). One Borderlands attaches you do not want to find in Wonderlands are grenades that have apparently been exchanged for magic.
Player characters will also have activated skills based on their classes, but your range of special abilities can be added with spells. “We actually like to consider our spells more as mini-skills,” Cox says, “because of their power and their different behaviors.”
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands – Enemies
Aside from Will Arnett’s Dragon Lord, Wonderlands aims to adapt typical fantasy creatures to something more appropriate for Tiny Tina’s mind.
The trailer shows a fairly normal kite as well as skeletons that explode underground – but there are also some very muscular big white sharks with legs in there. “You can expect some slight biases to take high imagination,” Cox says.
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