Update: Troy Baker Wants to Be in Borderlands 3, Suggests Randy Pitchford ‘Fact Check’ His Tweets
Update 04/18/19: Troy Baker has said that he “would love to come back” to play Rhys in Borderlands 3, and suggested that Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford should “fact-check” his tweets.
Following on from Pitchford’s claims that Baker turned down the part of Rhys in the upcoming game, Troy Baker has clarified his position in an interview with OnlySP: “I said I would love to come back,” he said. “They [Gearbox Software] said I’m not coming back.”
“Their timeline tells an interesting story,” he adds, in reference to comments from Gearbox. “I think it’s interesting that Randy Pitchford tweeted out that I turned it down, and then he said he heard that I turned it down. I would fact check before I tweeted out to the internet.”
That makes Baker’s side of the argument pretty clear: he was not approached to reprise his role of Rhys, but would still love to voice the character. Will Randy Pitchford respond? Keep an eye on Twitter (and, of course, IGN) to find out.
Update 04/11/19: Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford has claimed that Troy Baker was approached to reprise his role as Rhys, but turned it down.
Responding to a fan on Twitter, Pitchford said “I was told by the audio director that he turned it down.” He followed up with “Fortunately, with how Rhys appears in the game, I don’t think it actually matters at all.”
Baker understands that other people end up playing various characters, and he “hates to get political,” but he played Rhys and would like to do it again and doesn’t agree with how Gearbox is handling the whole situation.
“I really want Gearbox to know,” Baker further explains. “If they are going to bring back characters from Telltale’s Borderlands, it should be the people who originated the characters. They shouldn’t just recast willy-nilly, because as a fan that matters to me.”
With Troy Baker or not, Rhys will be joining the cast of Borderlands 3 alongside other franchise favorites as Clap Trap, Tiny Tina, and Zero on September 13, 2019, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
For more on Borderlands 3, be sure to check out all the different editions of the game, including the details on the $250 Diamond Loot Chest Collector’s Edition, as well as a breakdown of everything we noticed in the Borderlands 3 reveal.
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who still needs to play Tales from the Borderlands because he hears it is AMAZING. Maybe he will remedy that tonight. You can convince him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.
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