There’s No “I” in Borderlands 3, but There Is One in “Union”
Borderlands 3 was released earlier this month and we’ve seen nearly all of our favourite characters return, but not all of them are as we remember them. Tiny Tina is all grown up, but sounds the same as ever with the voice talents of Ashly Burch. Claptrap and Rhys have also come back, but with different voice actors. Between the exclusivity deal with Epic Games and the alleged assault on David Eddings by Randy Pitchford; we know there’s been a lot of drama surrounding Gearbox and the release of the game, but now we have a bit more insight as to why exactly Troy Baker, the voice of Rhys in Tales from the Borderlands, did not return for Borderlands 3.
Baker is a prolific voice actor, as I am sure you all know. Gearbox would be crazy to not try to recruit him to reprise his role, which they did, but still he did not come back. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said that Baker turned down the role and now we know why. In an interview with VG247, Troy Baker said that he was asked to return for Borderlands 3 and he said yes. Unfortunately, it was non-unionized work, which conflicted with Baker’s requirements to do the role. “It was simply a matter of they wouldn’t go union, and I can’t do a non-union gig,” Baker told VG247.
He clarified that it had nothing to do with money or scheduling conflicts, just that he was unable to do the role because of how Gearbox was going about it. Sometimes rules keep us all safe and protected, and sometimes they keep us from the things we want most, namely Troy Baker doing all the voices in every game. Borderlands 3 is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
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