Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands: Gearbox looks back at its fantastic take on Looter-Shooter RPG

Game news Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands: Gearbox looks back at its fantastic take on Looter-Shooter RPG

The release of Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, the spin-off of the Borderlands saga developed by Gearbox Software, is close at hand. Days before he could explore Tina’s whimsical universe, creative director Matt Cox returned to the fantastic vision and philosophy of this Looter-Shooter.

Summary

  • What is Tiny Tina’s Wonderland?
  • Wonderland vs. Borderlands
  • Tabletop role-playing video game
  • Little Tina, the master of the game

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What is Tiny Tina’s Wonderland?

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is an RPG, more specifically a first-person shooter-looter. Gearbox is set in the Heroic-Fantasy world and borrows certain concepts and/or mechanics from tabletop RPGs. For Matt Cox (Creative Director), this Borderlands spin-off was the result of a meeting:

Can you define Little Tina’s Wonderland in a few words?

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is where weapons and swords meet. It’s a fantasy looter shooter set in the head of a completely clueless 13-year-old. – Matt Cox (creative director)


Wonderland vs. Borderlands

One question in particular has burned fans’ lips ever since the fantasy spin-off was announced. Is Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands just an update for Borderlands 3? We will let the main stakeholders answer this thorny question.

What are the main differences between Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands and the Borderlands series?

There are a lot of them. We have never created a character editor in our previous games. In Borderlands, you have four specific types of hunters. You cannot customize them. In Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, this is possible right from the start. You can choose your class. You can choose your look and customize your armor. You can completely change the look of your face. You can choose a story called “Turn of Faith” and get hero points. These points are different from your skill points. They allow you to improve your strength, agility, intelligence… all the typical attributes of a Dungeons & Dragons style game.

Then what ties our maps to our levels is the 3rd person Overworld that you walk around and where you have to take on challenges and complete quests. You see a third person there, a chibi representation of your character. – Matt Cox (creative director)

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands: Gearbox looks back at its fantastic take on Looter-Shooter RPG

Tabletop role-playing video game

Hidden in the shadow of Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is the historical license of Heroic-Fantasy and fantasy in general… Dungeons & Dragons. This affinity can be seen in many aspects of Tiny Tina’s Wonderland. However, Gearbox Software’s reasons for creating this spin-off go beyond the studios’ passion for tabletop RPGs.

Why did you decide to make a spin-off based on a tabletop RPG?

We loved developing the Assault on Dragon Fortress DLC for Borderlands 2. There was a huge desire at Gearbox to make a fantasy game. Borderlands is a sci-fi game. It’s kind of a sci-fi western. However, many in the studios like tabletop RPGs and Heroic-Fantasy. Making the DLC didn’t allow us to explore everything we wanted to explore. Therefore, it was logical to take this fantastic framework, the Looter-Shooter principle and develop something completely independent. – Matt Cox (creative director)

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands: Gearbox looks back at its fantastic take on Looter-Shooter RPG

Little Tina, the master of the game

It won’t escape anyone. The eccentric and crazy Little Tina takes center stage in an adventure created by Gearbox Software. This character, who first appeared in Borderlands 2, marked a generation of fans and became a master of the game in this fantastic Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands spin-off.

Why is Little Tina the main character in this spin-off?

People loved Tiny Tina. He is a fan favorite character and his chaotic style goes very well with our design. We are not limited to realism or anything specific. We are in a fantasy world, but we are also in Tiny Tina’s chaotic mind. Sometimes things don’t have to be completely sane and we can do whatever we want. – Matt Cox (creative director)

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands: Gearbox looks back at its fantastic take on Looter-Shooter RPG

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands releases March 25, 2022 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.


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