Anthony Burch, lead writer for Borderlands 2, published an open letter today on the official Gearbox blog. In it, he discusses the fourth DLC installment for Borderlands 2, Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep, and sheds some light on Gearbox’s writing philosophies regarding humor and tragedy throughout the Borderlands series.

Burch admits in his letter that the new DLC has a relatively simple premise, but assures players that it provides a serious meditation on past events within the Borderlands universe. Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep plots players inside a virtual, tabletop roleplaying game in which the evil Handsome Sorcerer has kidnapped the Queen of Flamerock Refuge. Below the surface, however, it explores Tina’s struggle to cope with the loss of her loved ones.

Those who have played even a few minutes of Borderlands 2 will be familiar with its wacky sense of humor, which Burch addresses in his letter as well. He writes about the juxtaposition of comedy and death in many of the game’s quests, comparing it to dramatic television series like Firefly and the spinoff film, Serenity. He also discusses the narrative boundaries that Gearbox has set when writing content for Borderlands games.

Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep is the biggest Borderlands 2 add-on to date. It arrives on June 25, 2013 for PC, Mac, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.  

[Source: Gearbox Official Blog]