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Troy Baker Says the Reason He’s Not In Borderlands 3 Is Because Gearbox Refused His Union Terms

When it was revealed that Rhys would be played by someone other than Troy Baker in Borderlands 3, speculation went wild and Baker went head-to-head with Gearbox.
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When it was revealed that Rhys would be played by someone other than Troy Baker in Borderlands 3, speculation went wild and Baker went head-to-head with Gearbox. It turned into a he said, she said when both the voice actor and Gearbox head Randy Pitchford went back and forth about what really happened on social media amidst abuse allegations towards Pitchford regarding another former employee. Now Baker is back to lay all speculation to rest with his side of the story outside of a 140 character limit. 

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The popular voice actor (seriously, this dude is in everything) recently sat down with VG24/7 to talk about why he wasn’t included in returning cast to reprise his role as Rhys from Tales from the Borderlands. According to him, Gearbox refused to go union and he “can’t do a non-union gig.” 

He also mentioned his disappointment at how it all went down, saying that he was really excited about reprising his role as Rhys for such a beloved franchise. Pitchford later belittled the initial exchange by saying his voice doesn’t matter at all – and maybe it doesn’t to some – but the industry is changing. Both game dev and in games media, the call for unionization is getting louder and Gearbox hasn’t been in the news for the best of reasons over the past several years (which you can catch up on here).

As for the game itself, Borderlands 3 is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Steering away from the drama a little bit, if you find yourself needing a little help out in the wasteland don’t hesitate to check out our handy dandy guides right here! From farming, to unique Easter eggs you may have overlooked – we’ve got everything your little heart could desire. Unless what your heart desires is Troy Baker as Rhys; we can’t help ya there. 

You can learn even more about Gearsbox’s latest adventure with our full review here, or check out the small blurb below: 

“There’s an overwhelming melange of things to do in Borderlands 3, so much so that things get downright frenetic at times. It’s in those chaotic moments that Gearbox has truly created a product that thrives. When you’re downed and the only way to advance is to go right through your enemies as your screen fades to read and your controller is shaking almost painfully in your hands. When you’re holding down a position from hordes of screaming Psychos with your friends and trying frantically to gain any sort of ground. When you’re exploring the Mad Max overworld in whatever Catch-A-Ride pumpkin carriage you’ve unlocked after skewering twenty bandits in the head. Borderlands 3 shines when it’s doused liberally in blood, guts, and glory, but what do you do in the moments in-between? Quite frankly, you’re not given much of a reason to remember.”

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Liana Ruppert
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]!