SAN RAFAEL, Calif., August 17th, 2015 -- Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, in collaboration with award-winning developer Gearbox Software, creator of the beloved Borderlands franchise, and publisher 2K, today announced the release of 'Escape Plan Bravo,' the fourth of five episodes for Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series.
The episode will be available Tuesday, August 18th on PC and Mac from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, and on the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. It will also be available on Wednesday, August 19th on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One® and Xbox 360, and on Thursday, August 20th for compatible iOS and Android-based devices via in-app purchase.
"Between blasting into space, traitorous allies, and one of the most madcap action sequences we've ever produced, this is perhaps the most exciting episode yet in our collaboration with Gearbox and 2K," said Kevin Bruner, CEO and co-founder of Telltale Games. "At this point in the story, players have come to know our unlikely band of heroes, paving the way for some surprisingly emotional moments. Unimaginable wealth and power are finally within reach, and players will need to be prepared to make some of the toughest choices so far as we lead into the season finale."
Set on the unforgiving world of Pandora after the events seen in Borderlands 2, Tales from the Borderlands is a five part episodic game series full of Borderlands' trademark humor following two adventurers on their quest for greatness.
In this penultimate episode of the season, captured by Vallory and her goons, Rhys and Fiona are forced to continue the search for the Vault beacon - at gunpoint. The beacon is on the Hyperion moon base - Helios - while our heroes are on Pandora... so there's the pesky cold void of death known as 'space' to overcome. Even with assistance from a familiar face, and with a worryingly helpful Handsome Jack hitching a ride in Rhys' head, getting on board the ominous 'H' is going to take every drop of guile, and quite possibly all the spunk you've got. Sacrifices will be made - can you make the tough choices needed to succeed?
GamesBeat awarded the season premiere of Tales from the Borderlands a 96/100 score, calling it, "A hilarious knockout," adding, "Zer0 Sum stands tall as the ultimate point-and-click science project: combine the beloved Borderlands lore and setting with the shining vision of an artistic studio, crank up the heat, and enjoy." GameSpot awarded the episode a 9 out of 10 score, describing it as "...a beautiful new twist on the Borderlands experience with loveable leads and breathless action sequences."
In their review of Episode 2, Polygon praised writing that "crackles with the sort of life and energy that drives the best comedy," while IGN said "it constantly oscillates between thrilling action scenes, hilarious back-and-forth banter, and some poignant character moments... I consider myself completely on board for Telltale's wild ride."
Destructoid awarded the season premiere a 9 out of 10 score, and in their review of Episode 3, said "Tales from the Borderlands could be a serious Game of the Year contender." Entertainment Weekly also named the series as one of their favorite games of 2015, calling it "one of the year's most engaging and hilarious rides."
Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series - Episode 4: 'Escape Plan Bravo' is rated 'M' (Mature) for Blood, Strong Language, and Violence by the ESRB. The series is published digitally by Telltale Games in partnership with Gearbox Software and 2K.
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About Gearbox Software
Gearbox Software is respected industry wide for award winning, best-selling video games developed for all major video game platforms. Founded in 1999 and headquartered near Dallas, TX, Gearbox Software is well known for the creation, development and management of its original blockbuster video game franchises including the critically acclaimed, award winning Brothers in Arms franchise and the record-breaking, genre-setting Borderlands franchise. In addition to having developed video games in some of the world's greatest video game brands, including Half-Life and Halo, Gearbox Software has also acquired and produced content for powerful, landmark intellectual property including Duke Nukem and Homeworld. Gearbox Software's success has been supported through many key and mutually beneficial business relationships with the world's greatest video game platform and publishing partners including Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Valve/Steam, Apple and Take-Two/2K.
Founded in 2005, 2K develops and publishes interactive entertainment globally for console systems, handheld gaming systems and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets, which are delivered through physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services. 2K publishes titles in today's most popular gaming genres, including shooters, action, role-playing, strategy, sports, casual, and family entertainment. The 2K label has some of the most talented development studios in the world today, including Firaxis Games, Visual Concepts, Hangar 13, Cat Daddy Games and 2K China. 2K's stable of high quality titles includes the critically acclaimed BioShock®, Borderlands??, and XCOM® franchises, the beloved Sid Meier's Civilization series, the innovative Evolve??, the popular WWE 2K franchise and NBA 2K, the #1 rated and #1 selling basketball franchise*. 2K is headquartered in Novato, California and is a wholly owned label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO). For more information, please visit www.2k.com
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About Telltale, Inc.
Telltale is a leading and award-winning independent developer and publisher of games for every major interactive platform from home consoles and PC to mobile and tablet devices, and is the pioneer of the episodic delivery of digital gaming content. By successfully developing games as an episodic series and frequently releasing in the format of a game season, they create longer consumer engagement than traditional games for each release. Founded in 2004 by games industry veterans with decades of experience, Telltale has quickly become an industry leader with numerous honors and awards from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, BAFTA, the IMGA, and more, as well as being named Studio of the Year across multiple years. Telltale's reputation for quality has been established across more than two dozen different product releases over the years with recognition and acclaim from publications like IGN, The New York Times, and Variety, including over 100 "Game of the Year" awards from publications like USA Today, Yahoo! Games, Wired, Spike TV VGAs, E!, Official Xbox Magazine, The Telegraph, Metacritic, and more. Telltale is a fully licensed third party publisher on consoles from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, and also publishes games on the PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based platforms. Telltale's investors include Lions Gate Entertainment, IDG Ventures, and Granite Ventures, LLC. For more information visit www.telltalegames.com
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