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Echoes from the Borderlands – S1E3 – Borderlands The Pre-Sequel

Greetings, Vault Hunters! In this episode of Echoes From The Borderlands, we are talking about the sequel that isn’t; the prequel that mustn’t… but does anyway? It’s Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! Host Joel Watson is joined by Project Producer James Lopez, Mission Designer Matt Higgins, and Boss Designer Josh Jeffcoat to relive the thrills and chills of co-developing a Borderlands game with an Australian studio. If you think there isn’t a story about a pack of wild kangaroos, you’d be WRONG!


  • Joel Watson – Creative Producer
  • James Lopez – Project Producer
  • Matt Higgins – Mission Designer
  • Josh Jeffcoat – Boss Designer

Hidden Morse Code

  • Setec Astronomy” – Sneakers
  • “Entertain The World” – GBX’s Mission Statement


  • 00:00 – Intro
  • 01:28 – Why does The Pre-Sequel take place between BL1 and BL2?
  • 04:20 – Classic Gaming
  • 05:20 – How does Hansome Jack’s evil character arc drive the development of this game?
  • 08:10 – Low-level programmer to CEO
  • 10:25 – Claptrap as a playable character?
  • 14:40 – Favorite BLTPS characters?
  • 16:25 – 2K AUS + GBX collaboration?
  • 17:30 – Elpis is populated by Aussies?
  • 20:00 – How were the online meetings?
  • 21:00 – Janey’s name has a story
  • 21:45 – Was there another character besides Jack that was important to the story?
  • 22:20 – Is Borderlands, Lilith’s story?
  • 23:25 – What is the dumbest thing in BLTPS?
  • 26:10 – What new elements could you add to the game that the franchise didn’t have before?
  • 27:30 – Josh did you work on THE EYEBALL?
  • 30:22Pandora’s Box Advert
  • 30:44 – Tell me about drew and kangaroos
  • 38:50 – Who came up with the name The Pre-Sequel?
  • 39:55 – What other dump stuff did you folks put in the game?
  • 40:50 – Trivia
  • 43:50 – Marcus Impression

My Reactions

  • Too bad this is a bit of a shorter episode.
  • 14:10 – LOL, enemy melee hits count toward the Claptrap Highfive! I didn’t know that.
  • 21:00 – WHAT, Janey’s name was going to be changed to Springs but due to an update going wrong she is now called Janey Springs.
  • 22:20 – About Borderlands being Lilith’s Story. I thought the next Borderlands collection was going to be the Firehawk Bundle.
  • 26:10 – I remember a PAX Panel where they told the story that 2K Aus demonstrated the Cryo element for the game but getting feedback doesn’t do that it won’t work as GBX tinkered with that before but 2K Aus already had it fully working. It was said they are very talented as they previously worked on the Bioshock franchise.
  • 38:50 – I remember a PAX Panel where Mikey Neuman said he wanted to use the name “The Pre-Sequel” as a joke in one of his trailers but Marketing liked it.
  • 40:00 – I wonder what the other not-so-beloved character in the franchise is, LOL!

Behind the Scene Heroes:

  • April Johnson
  • Dakota Warren
  • Robert Fernandez
  • Hannah Terry


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