No roles from the Baker: Gearbox "wouldn't go union"

Stacey Henley has heard Troy Baker's gears grinding, and is ready to report on his dispute with the Borderlands dev.

Stacey Henley
21st October 2019
Image: Wikimedia Commons
Veteran voice actor Troy Baker has claimed that he did not return to Borderlands 3 because developers Gearbox “wouldn’t go union”, adding “I can’t do a non-union gig.”

Baker voiced Rhys in Telltale spin off Tales From The Borderlands but was replaced by Ray Chase this time around. Along with Nolan North and Laura Bailey, Baker is one of the biggest voice actors in the industry. He’s previously lent his talents to The Last Of Us, BioShock: Infinite and Far Cry 4, and is a considerable loss for Borderlands 3.

With a history of calling complaints about microtransactions “fuckwitted” on Twitter, Pitchford is no stranger to fanning the flames of controversy

Bundled with the iffy moustache and the new cybernetic arm, Rhys just doesn’t feel the same. Randy Pitchford, the controversial CEO of Gearbox, said “I don’t actually think it matters at all”. With a history of calling complaints about microtransactions “fuckwitted” on Twitter, Pitchford is no stranger to fanning the flames of controversy.

Gearbox’s own statement on Baker not returning made no reference to any union issues, saying “Troy is an exceptional talent and we were disappointed that he declined to partner with us,'' adding that they were open to working with him in the future. However, Baker has made it clear that this won’t be possible unless Gearbox reverse their stance on unions.

Gearbox have long been under scrutiny for their behind-the-scenes behaviour, and Baker’s influential voice has put them in the spotlight yet again.

Gearbox have long been under scrutiny for their behind-the-scenes behaviour, and Baker’s influential voice has put them in the spotlight yet again. David Ebbings, former Gearbox executive and the voice of Claptrap, was also replaced due to a pay dispute. Ebbings had previously voiced Claptrap for free, taking no pay aside from his usual Gearbox salary. This time around, he wanted compensation for his time as an actor, and was subsequently replaced.

With five million copies sold in the first five days on PC alone, the controversy does not seem to have affected Borderlands, though it has left a sour taste in fans’ mouths.

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AUTHOR: Stacey Henley
Stacey Henley can most often be found roaming through vivid expansive spaces and discovering the world around her, but only in video games. In real life, she mostly stays home. Blog at http://screenspike.wordpress.com. Tweet at @FiveTacey. Published in TechRadar & WhatCulture

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