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Rhys Voice Actor Troy Baker Debunks Gearbox’s Statement That They Invited Him Back For Borderlands 3

"Gearbox said I'm not coming back," said actor Troy Baker after Gearbox claimed his initial statement was incorrect.
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Fans of Rhys from Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands were devastating when voice actor Troy Baker spoke out about how he wanted to be in Borderlands 3 to voice his character once more, but he was never asked. In response to the backlash, Gearbox issued their own version of the story, stating that they did invite him – and it just didn’t work out. Now Baker is setting the record straight once and for all, claiming that he was never invited in the first place. Have whip lash yet? 

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According to Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, they countered Baker’s original claims by saying they had offered him a chance to reprise the role and that the voice actor turned it down. Following up, Baker sat down with Only SP to address Gearbox’s contradictory statement, saying “I said I would love to come back. They [Gearbox Software] said I’m not coming back.”

He added, “Their timeline tells an interesting story. 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.” 

So far, neither Pitchford or any other Gearbox representatives have responsed to the interview, though it does paint two very different recollections of what went down regarding the upcoming title. 

Bright side? At least Ashly Burch is returning to play Tiny (not so tiny) Tina? Silver lining? Maybe? No? 

As for the game itself, Borderlands 3 is slated for a September 13th release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Epic Games Store. For more about the game itself before its arrival and gameplay reveal on May 1st:

“The original shooter-looter returns, packing bazillions of guns and an all-new mayhem-fueled adventure! Blast through new worlds and enemies as one of four brand new Vault Hunters – the ultimate treasure-seeking badasses of the Borderlands, each with deep skill trees, abilities and customization. Play solo or join with friends to take on insane enemies, score loads of loot and save your home from the most ruthless cult leaders in the galaxy.”

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With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Dragon Age and Mass Effect, Liana is wildly passionate about all things in the gaming community. From shooters, to RPGs, if it's out - she's playing it. A medically retired US Sailor and now full-time hoarder of gaming collectibles, Liana's passion for everything in the gaming industry is palpable. Also, if you lose her in a crowd, just casually mention any BioWare game and the crazy pterodactyl screech will without a doubt follow. You can follow her on Twitter @DirtyEffinHippy or email her for editorial inquiries at [email protected]!