Pixar, Gorillaz and Team Fortress 2 inspiration behind new Borderlands art, says Gearbox

Monday, 1st June 2009 08:34 GMT By Mike


Borderlands art director Brian Martel has been discussing the whys and wherefores of the dramatic change in art style with IGN revealing that UK pop band Gorillaz, Disney’s Pixar and Valve’s Team Fortress 2 gave the team inspiration for the sidestep.

“I think pop culture like The Gorillaz, Pixar, and our own concept art had the biggest impact,” he said.

“But of course Team Fortress 2 is an inspiration for any artist in the industry. Prince of Persia and Mirror’s Edge helped to reinforce our decision to try something radical.”

Martel goes on to say he believes the new style “reinforces the attitude and game play immensely,” and, if we’re being honest, we’re inclined to believe him. Why? Look here and here.

Much more through the links.



  1. JesteR

    I love the new style!

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Tonka

    Looks like Crapdown

    #2 6 years ago
  3. endgame

    yay TF2! :) loving valve’s game. one of the best value for money products out there. hope borderlands will be too. ;)

    #3 6 years ago
  4. polygem

    love the new style as well!

    #4 6 years ago
  5. No_PUDding

    THERE we go…

    Now start the artistic references.

    “We’d like to thank our mums, and our producers for making this beautiful artwork possible. The toon shader was difficult but we pulled it off. Thanks everyone. No no, less applause please, I am blushing.”

    #5 6 years ago

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