Tiny Tina's Wonderlands isn't the Borderlands spin-off you think it is

The rumor is true: Gearbox confirmed during today's Summer Game Fest Kickoff livestream that it is working on a Borderlands spinoff "full of whimsy, wonder, and high-powered weaponry" called Tiny Tina's Wonderlands. But it's probably not quite what you're expecting.

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands is a fully standalone game, with a campaign supporting co-op play for up to four players and "repeatable end-game content." Players will create and customize their own unique multiclass characters, and then embark upon a quest "across a chaotic fantasy world" to stop the evil Dragon Lord, encountering characters like a lute-wielding Bardbarian and the Fairy Punchfather as they go.

Ashly Burch will return to voice Tiny Tina, while Andy Samberg will portray Captain Valentine, Wanda Sykes will play a rules-obsessed robot named Frette, and Will Arnett will step into the role of the Dragon Lord.

"Wonderlands is a culmination of over a decade of on-and-off development at Gearbox Software towards a role-playing shooter set in a fantasy universe," Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford said. "For me, bringing actual Borderlands guns to fight dragons, skeletons, goblins, and more in an original fantasy world imagined by the galaxy's deadliest 13-year-old, Tiny Tina, as a new, full-featured triple-A videogame is a dream come true."

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands is expected to be out in early 2022, and will be available on PC through Steam and the Epic Games Store. For now, you can find out more at playwonderlands.com.

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Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.