Borderlands Spin-Off Wonderlands will become a new franchise
September 22, 2022
Released earlier this year, The wonders of Tiny Tinaturned out to be a big hit for Gearbox and 2K. In fact, it worked so well that Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford confirmed that the Borderlands spin-off is now the start of a whole new franchise, with more Wonderlands content to come in the future.
The wonders of Tiny Tina was released in March of this year and was widely praised by fans and critics alike for its mix of first-person shooters, loot, and fantasy tropes. The game is a Borderlands spin-off, starring Tiny Tina as she DMs a tabletop RPG featuring other celebrity voiced characters, like Will Arnett’s villainous Dragon Lord. It was released on most platforms and although it suffered from some initial bugs and connection issuesit has since been improved and even received some new DLCs over the past few months. All in all, it’s a damn good game, and it now looks like the start of something bigger: a whole new franchise.
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During yesterday Embracer Group Annual General MeetingPitchford talked about the success Wonderland had been, saying it “shattered everything” of Gearbox’s critical and commercial expectations. While this no doubt means that Gearbox and its parent company Embracer will see some extra cash coming in, the CEO also confirmed that there is more Wonderlands-related content to come, saying:
“I am delighted to report that in addition to the great financial rewards of this victory that will await us over the coming quarters, we have established a solid beachhead and now clearly have a new franchise in our hands, with experiences future. already in development at Gearbox.
It’s unclear what “future experiments” are already in development. This could be a great new paid extension for Wonderland or a full suite. Or maybe both!
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For Embracer, this is much-needed good news because another of its studios, Volition, hasn’t had as much success with its Saints Row to restart. Whereas personally I enjoyed the game, most of the others didn’t, and even Embracer’s CEO seemed disappointed by its reception and sales.