The game was developed by Telltale Games under license from Gearbox Software, the developer of the Borderlands series, and 2K Games, its publisher. Set some time after the events of Borderlands 2, the game's story centers around Hyperion employee Rhys and Pandoran con-artist Fiona as they team up on an adventure to find and open a Vault. Although the series received some criticism due to the aging game engine and repetition of gameplay from past Telltale Games, Tales from the Borderlands largely received critical acclaim. The game also features several simple puzzles which involves players interacting with different items of interests. Like the mainline Borderlands series, the game features a loot system in which players can collect cash scattered throughout the game's locations, which can be used to purchase items during certain points of the game. Choices made by the player, which are often timed, influence story elements in future episodes, such as the player character's relationship with other characters. Tales takes place in the Borderlands universe, primarily on the planet Pandora. Long-standing fables of a Vault containing vast treasures on Pandora have drawn numerous "Vault Hunters" to the planet, as well as the Hyperion corporation who maintain military-like control of the planet from an orbiting base named Helios. The story explores how the characters came together, showing common events from the perspective of both characters in a manner called the "Big Fish version of what happened" by Telltale's Kevin Bruner. Other new characters in the game include Rhys and Vaughn's co-worker Yvette , black market fencer August , bandit leader Bossanova , a mysterious masked stranger , hooligans Finch and Kroger , bandit lord and August's mother Vallory , Atlas scientist Cassius Leclemaine , and the robot Gortys . In addition to original characters, the game also features returning characters from the main Borderlands games including Handsome Jack , who appears as an artificial intelligence injected into Rhys' mind, businesswoman Mad Moxxi , gun salesman Marcus Kincaid , the Hyperion Loader Bot , madman Shade , Hodunk clan leader Tector , cyborg Vault Hunter Zer0 , mechanic Scooter , junk dealer Janey Springs and her girlfriend, the ex-Atlas assassin Athena , Vault Hunters Brick and Mordecai , and the robot Claptrap . The concept of Tales bore out from the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards, according to Telltale's Steve Allison. Representatives from both Telltale and Gearbox were present at the ceremony at adjoining tables, and over the course of the event, the idea of combining their respective talents on a project came out. Following the ceremony, Telltale and Gearbox began to explore the possibilities, realizing that the Borderlands universe had a large number of characters with interesting stories that Telltale could build upon, as well as continuing to explore fan-favorite characters that the series had developed.
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