Acclaimed voice actor, Troy Baker, has revealed that he won’t be reprising his role as Rhys in Borderlands 3 and it’s all Gearbox’s fault.
There has been a shake-up regarding voice actors in the newest entry of the Borderlands series! As some of you might have already heard of, David Eddings, who took up the role of Claptrap in Borderlands 1 and 2, has left Gearbox Software and was replaced with Jim Foronda. Now it has also come to light that Troy Baker will not be reprising his roles as Rhys, a character brought over to the upcoming looty shooty from Tales from the Borderlands.
At a convention in Australia, the voice actor for a plethora of video game characters was asked if he’d be returning as Rhys in Borderlands 3. For those unfamiliar, Rhys is one of the main protagonists in TellTale’s Tales from the Borderlands and he’ll be back in the series’ next main entry as shown in the first gameplay trailer unveiled at PAX East. Troy Baker, however, will not be returning.
In the video the popular voice actor doesn’t sound as satisfied with Gearbox’ choice, because, as he puts it, “it should be the people that originated the characters, they shouldn’t just recast willy-nilly […]”. Tell that to poor David Hayter.
While being a fan of Baker myself, I still have to say that for all the talk of a disservice to fans he was not above stepping in as the Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins, despite it being a character Mark Hammill has portrayed for years and still continues to do so. Of course, fan favorite Kevin Conroy has not been cast as Batman in that particular entry of the Arkham series either, so take that as you will.