Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands has been a hit as a Borderlands spin-off. The game basically takes the Assault on Dragon Keep DLC (which is undoubtedly its most important DLC) and makes it a full-fledged game. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands will have it available for fans to play on March 25, 2022.
They’ll be able to see all the changes firsthand when they do. The name changes of weapon manufacturers are something many people may not notice immediately. Each weapon manufacturer has a symbolic rename. However, players will be able to know this information before Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands releases.
JoltzDude139 discovered the name changes and published the information on the Bunkers board game. It is Tina’s fantasy version of Dungeons & Dragons, and it makes sense that it would match with Wonderlands.
It’s also supported by the Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands trailer where “Feriore” from Bunkers or Badasses can be seen in-game. Here are the name changes:
- Jakobs is now Blackpowder
- Vladof becomes Stoker
- Dahl becomes Dahlia
- Maliwan is now a Malefactor
- Fiore is Tediore
- Skulduggery becomes COV
- Hyperion is Hyperius
- Torgue is Torgue.
What Every Wonderlands’ Manufacturer Names Change Implies – Jakobs Vladof Dahl, Dahl, and Maliwan
It is interesting to look at why each name was changed, not just because it needed a fantasy version. Jakobs, for example, are non-elemental weapons that fire as fast and as fast as the player can pull off the trigger. The name Blackpowder also ties in with that, giving Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands‘ fantasy version of the manufacturer a Pirate-like twist.
The name change for Vladof is somewhat simpler. While Vladof weapon generally follows Russian and Eastern European naming scheme in Borderlands HTML, Stoker is Irish in some sense–because Bram Stoker had been Irish. Stoker wrote Dracula, Dracula was inspired by Vlad the Impaler. However, Vlad the Impaler’s naming schemes in em>Borderlands/em> are typically Russian and Eastern European. Stoker is Irish in a sense–because Bram Stoker was an Irishman.
Dahl is less obvious. It could be that Dahlia was renamed, Dahlia. This could be a reference to Dahlia (as opposed to Dahl’s more traditional, anti-environmental actions) or to the Black Dahlia murder, which has always been present in dark fantasy. Maliwan is clearer. Malefactor sounds more fantasy-ish and more like maleficent, which implies that the manufacturer has a criminal element.
What Every Wonderlands’ Manufacturer Names Change Implies – Tediore COV Hyperion and Torgue
Tediore’s change is undoubtedly the most fascinating, at least in how it interacts with language. The Borderlands manufacturer has a reputation for making cheap guns. It’s better to throw them away and let them explode than reload them. Tediore-to Feriore is a simple change of letters. However, it sounds like it was meant to refer to “inferiore” but drops the “in” in Italian. In other words, Tediore’s name changes make it seem less fantasy-like in Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands.
Skulduggery is being rebranded from COV weapons and bandit weapons. This sounds like more generic human enemies might adapt this name. This would allow Borderlands ‘ bandits and psychos to remain in the fantasy world while also giving the manufacturer a more fantasy-appropriate name is Tina’s Wonderlands. This brand also likely stands for “Skulduggery,” which is a shorthand for bandit/COV weapon. This refers to “underhanded or unscrupulous behavior; trickery.”
Hyperion could be Hyperius because of its fantasy-like tone. However, it may also refer to Borderlands II. Hyperius, the Invincible, is the raid boss for Captain Scarlett & Her Pirate’s Booty. He was an Engineer before he became mad with power. This description was appropriate for Hyperion, at least during Jack’s reign.
Finally, Torgue does not change. It could be Tina treating the manufacturer like an outsider, as she did in Assault on Dragon Keep. It doesn’t matter; as long as you don’t change at least one manufacturer, wonderlands are tied to the title of Borderlands, and it will likely cause some in-game laughter.