Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is a standalone spin-off from Borderlands that’s been rumored for a while since a big leak on Reddit last week. Incidentally, it’s the same leak that told us about a still unconfirmed turn-based Marvel game from XCOM developer Firaxis Games.
That aside, developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K Games officially confirmed Wonderlands during the Summer Game Fest. It’s a spin-off from the massively successful Borderlands franchise that centers on fan favorite Tiny Tina and features a Dungeons & Dragons inspired setting. Gearbox probably can’t say ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ though for the obvious reason that they haven’t licensed that IP.
Wonderlands is a standalone game though. “It’s a looter shooter, which is pretty classic for Gearbox Software,” said senior producer Kayla Belmore at a later presentation. “But for the first time ever we’re setting it in a brand new fantasy environment. It’s inspired by some of the content we’ve made before with Assault on Dragon Keep, a fan favorite, but it’s a completely standalone plot with new set of characters and with some nods to the past.”
Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep was one of the later DLCs for Borderlands 2. Released in 2013, nearly a year after the original game’s launch, Dragon Keep focused on a tabletop role-playing game that Tina was running for the Vault Hunters. Players explored a fantasy realm with the trademark irreverence of Borderlands 2 and heightened by Tiny Tina’s own peculiar madness. The DLC surprised many with some heartfelt moments from Tina as she dealt with the aftermath of the main Borderlands 2 campaign.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands will feature the voices of Andy Samberg, Wanda Sykes, Will Arnett, and Ashley Burch, who returns to voice the titular Tiny Tina. According to the official Wonderlands website, Samberg voices “headstrong captain” Valentine while Sykes will voice the “rule-obsessed” robot Frette. Arnett lends his voice to the “tyrannical Dragon Lord,” which is presumably the game’s main antagonist.
“If you’ve never played a Borderlands game before you can absolutely jump right in,” said Belmore, stressing the newcomer intended appeal of Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. Some of the enemies Belmore described included wyverns and goblins. “Of course we’ve got goblins, you can’t have a fantasy game without goblin, but of course we like to make them our own.”
“Players can create and customize their own multiclass heroes as they loot, shoot, slash, and cast their way through outlandish monsters and treasure-filled dungeons on a quest to stop the tyrannical Dragon Lord,” reads a line from the game’s description. “Bullets, magic, and broadswords collide across a chaotic fantasy world brought to life by the utterly unpredictable Tiny Tina, who makes the rules, changes the world on the fly, and guides players on their journey.”
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is slated for release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Windows PC in early 2022. It will also release on PlayStation consoles.