David Eddings, the voice of Claptrap is reportedly not reprising his role in Borderlands 3. That’s because Gearbox Software all of a sudden can’t afford Eddings. Borderland 3’s Claptrap, as you may have noticed from the recent gameplay reveal, has a new voice. This has left many fans disappointed.
Eddings has voiced Claptrap in all previous Borderlands games in the series. While he did that, he was also employed as the studio’s vice president of licensing, which is why he played as Claptrap without any additional payment. But when Eddings left and requested a fee for playing Claptrap in Borderlands 3, his offer was rejected by the studio thus the role went to a new Claptrap voice actor.
Eddings revealed this information on Twitter recently by calling out the studio. “For the first time, I insisted on getting paid for my performance and all of a sudden they couldn’t afford me”, said Eddings.
Interestingly, Gearbox’s side of the story is different. In a statement sent out to IGN, Gearbox says that they offered Eddings “an industry standard rate” but were not able to reach an agreement.
Gearbox works to treat and compensate all voice actors at industry standards. We offer the opportunity for salaried employees to voice characters in the game, but is not a mandatory responsibility to their job requirements.
In this particular case, now that he was no longer an employee, we offered him an industry standard rate, but were not able to reach an agreement. We are confident and happy with Jim Foronda as the voice of Claptrap, and we are confident our fans will be too.
Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford then stepped in to say that Eddings was paid handsomely during his employment period but when he was asked to reprise his role in Borderlands 3, he turned down the opportunity to do so. That’s pretty much all that we know about Claptrap’s voice in Borderlands 3.
As for other Borderlands 3 voice actors, we know that Troy Baker is not reprising his role as Rhys in the upcoming game. The only returning voice actor that we know of is Ashley Burch, who’s going to be the voice of Tiny Tina once again in Borderlands 3. In addition to this, Rapper Ice T is rumored to be voicing a character in the latest entry of Borderlands franchise.
Borderlands 3 published by 2K Games will release on 13 September for Microsoft’s Xbox One, PC and Sony’s PlayStation 4. While Gearbox Software hasn’t confirmed borderlands 3 PC specs, it is estimated to run fine on Nvidia GTX 970 and AMD Radeon RX 570.