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Game Narrative Summit: Back to 'Borderlands': Writing DLC 7 Years After Release

Sam Winkler (Writer , Gearbox Software)

Danny Homan (Senior Writer , Gearbox Software)

Connor Thomas Cleary (Writer, Gearbox Software)

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Topic: Game Narrative

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

This talk will be a look at how Gearbox and Gearbox Studios Quebec pitched, developed, and shipped a 5th story DLC for Borderlands 2 seven years after it was released. The writers discuss doing justice to returning characters, the utility of a villain, and setting the stage for Borderlands 3.


Attendees will learn about the opportunities and hazards of stepping back into a story that seemingly closed its book years ago. The talk will cover working with returning voice actors, old editors, and new storylines that grow the world instead of merely calling back to it.

Intended Audience

Attendees of all experience levels in game development are welcome. Developers who expect to work in established IPs or are simply curious about the process of adding to existing canon will enjoy this.