Another fracas is kicking off around Borderlands 3’s development and the business practices of Gearbox, 2K and Randy Pitchford, returning once more to how they’re dealing with returning voice actors. David Eddings, the original voice actor behind the mystifyingly popular Claptrap character, will not be reprising his role in Borderlands 3. The reason? They didn’t want to pay him.
No. For the first time, I insisted on getting paid for my performance and all of a sudden they couldn't afford me. Now I'm not telling them how to run their business but maybe next time they should put the $12M payment from 2K in the Gearbox bank account instead. Just sayin'…
— David Eddings (@davideddings) May 2, 2019
Eddings was previously at Gearbox, working as VP of Business Development from 2005 until 2017, and while he was there as a salaried employee provided the voice of Claptrap through the Borderlands series. However, he’s since left the company and now works in Rooster Teeth as their Head of Game Publishing, where he’s also providing free voice acting work for the game Bendy at the Ink Machine.
In a follow up tweet he states that, “I’ll continue to do VO work for fun on games me and my friends make,” but as he’s no longer a part of Gearbox, he asked to be paid and Gearbox simply decided they didn’t want to.
Replacing him is voice actor Jim Foronda, who has been used in several Gearbox games in the past. He’s voiced General Dahl in Borderlands 2 and Borderlands The Pre-Sequel, and four characters in Battleborn. He’s actually already played Claptrap, having recorded additional Claptrap dialogue for Borderlands 2 VR.
Working PR for Borderlands 3 must feel like you’re Captain America battling against Hydra. As soon as one mini-scandal is extinguished, another one rears its ugly little head. Eddings’ claims come not long after Troy Baker, who voiced the character of Rhys in Tales of the Borderlands, tweeted with surprise that the character was appearing in Borderlands 3, stating that he had never been contacted to reprise the role (something that Pitchford contradicted).
Whoever ends up voicing the characters, Borderlands 3 is out for PS4, Xbox One and PC on 13th September. We actually played the game earlier this week at the gameplay reveal event, and you should check out our Borderlands 3 preview to see what we thought.