“I would fact check before I tweeted out to the internet.”
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.”
You’ll have to ask Troy. I was told by the audio director that he turned it down. Fortunately, with how Rhys appears in the game, I don’t think it actually matters at all. You’ll see for yourself when the game comes out and you may disagree with me on that or not.
— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) April 10, 2019
And just like that, there’s a little extra Borderlands beef in the world. It seems like the whole situation is a case of people getting their wires crossed. At least, that’s what we hope it is. We wouldn’t want the situation to get nasty.
Pitchford’s tweet does pose an interesting question though; if the voice is unimportant to Borderlands 3’s Rhys, what has happened? Is he unable to talk anymore? Or perhaps something sinister is afoot. Only time will tell.
Original story: Troy Baker, the prolific voice actor who has played such characters as The Last of Us’ Joel, confirmed that he will not be returning as Tales from the Borderlands’ Rhys in Borderlands 3.
Via Josh_J_Anderson on Reddit, Troy Baker was at Supanova Melbourne when he was asked if he would be returning as Rhys, who was one of the two protagonists in Tales from the Borderlands and who also appeared in the Borderlands 3 reveal trailer.
Baker responded by saying, “I’m sorry to break it to y’all, that isn’t me.”
He went on to confirm that there was a possibility he was going to reprise the role, but once he saw “that epic, epic trailer, and everyone’s like ‘oh my god, I saw Rhys!’ And [he was] like, ‘well, there we go.’” It was not him.
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.