If you're a Borderlands 3 fan, and more importantly a Claptrap fan, then I've some bad news for you. David Eddings, the voice actor who has played the upstart robot in the previous games, will not be returning for Borderlands 3, and it sounds like it's all down to money.
When asked on Twitter if he would be returning to voice Claptrap, Eddings said "No. For the first time, I insisted on getting paid for my performance and all of a sudden they couldn't afford me."
Eddings previously worked as the vice president of business development at Gearbox but left the company in 2017 to work for Rooster Teeth. When he was at Gearbox he voiced the part of Claptrap on the side, but now that he has left he has asked to be paid for the role and, according to Eddings, Gearbox declined to do so.
We have reached out to Borderlands 3's publisher 2K Games to confirm if Eddings account is accurate.
Eddings isn't the only familiar voice not returning. Troy Baker who played Rhys in the Tales from the Borderlands series was apparently approached by Gearbox at one point but he only realised he would not be playing the part in Borderlands 3 when he saw the reveal trailer. "There was a possibility that I was gonna be in it, then I saw that epic, epic trailer, and everyone's like 'oh my god, there's Rhys!' And I went, 'well, there we go.'," Baker said at a Q&A event in Melbourne.
"I've never done this before, but I would love for Gearbox to know that it's not about me, it's about that character," Baker said. "If they're going to bring back characters from Telltale Borderlands, it should be the people that originated the characters."Will Claptrap be the same if it's not the same person voicing the character? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.
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