Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands might have been a massively critical success, but do not expect another installment of the episodic sci-fi adventure game anytime soon. Game director Nick Herman revealed that the title’s modest sales were so much lower than the company hoped for.
Tales from the Borderlands received critical-acclaim from game reviewers when it was released in 2014, but that is not enough to make players purchase it. In fact, Herman revealed that his team did not receive enough profit to finish the game. They had to let go of the majority of their staff mid-way through production in order to complete the story.
“About halfway through, we made a deal with the studio that if they let us go on, we would give up like 95 per cent of our staff as long as they let us maintain a skeleton crew,” he recounted to Campo Santo Quarterly Review. “We had at least one person from every department working on the game. But that’s a very small team for an episode.”
The numbers were not as bad, however. Herman divulged that sales of the game were “decent.” However, compared to other titles such as The Walking Dead, Tales from the Borderlands was not able to keep up in terms of revenue. That said, Herman revealed that the game might be a critical darling, but it was perceived as a failure internally.
Tales From the Borderlands was based on Borderlands, a popular first-person shooter game with elements of sci-fi and Western. Similar to other titles from Telltale Games, the 2015 game has an episodic format that allows the player’s decision to impact the narrative moving forward.
The 2015 game released a total of five episodes. Herman did not talk about the possibility of getting a second season but, from the looks of it, the game will not likely return with brand new episodes.
Hope For Rhys and Fiona
There is, however, hope. Earlier this year, Telltale’s head of communications Job Stauffer took to Twitter in order to respond to questions about the future of some of their games including Tales from the Borderlands. Without giving a direct answer, he pointed out a previous Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) where he and some game developers talk about continuing the story of Rhys and Fiona, reported PC Gamer.
They assured fans that while there are no plans to continue the story on the side of Telltale (because of the disappointing sales), Gearbox and 2K are already hard at work in crafting the second installment. “[T]he ball is in their [Gearbox’s] court to see whether they will or will not be explored again in any possible future entry into that universe,” they said. Tales from the Borderlands is still available for PS4, Xbox One, Android, iOS.