Gearbox “wouldn’t go union” for Borderlands 3 voice actors: Troy Baker

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And that's why the actor couldn't reprise his role in Borderlands 3.

Borderlands voice actor Troy Baker has said he didn’t reprise his role of Rhys in Borderlands 3 because developer Gearbox “wouldn’t go union”.

“No, it was simply a matter of they wouldn’t go union,” Baker told VG24/7 when asked to clarify why he didn’t appear in Gearbox’s latest.

“And I can’t do a non-union gig. And without getting too deep into the weeds of that, we had long conversations about this. We always knew going into it, that this was going to be the thing. They were going to take these characters, and put them from the Tales from the Borderlands series from Telltale, into Borderlands proper. I’ve been waiting for this call. They were like, ‘Do you want to do this?’ And I said, ‘Yes’. They never, because they would never move from that position. I’m not mad. It’s invariably a completely different character, but it still stings.”

Baker’s recollection of events sheds more light on an explanation given by Gearbox head, Randy Pitchford, earlier this year.

“I was told by the audio director that he turned it down,” Pitchford wrote. “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.”

Technically, Pitchford’s not wrong — Baker would have been forced to turn down the role if it was, in fact, non-union. What do you make of the matter?

Borderlands 3 is available now on Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4.