Borderlands 3 was first announced last month at PAX East, after a long introduction from Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford, and the announcement was received with a lot of excitement from fans of the series. Later the developer announced that the game would be an Epic Games Store timed exclusive, meaning that the PC release will arrive on Epic Games Store first, whereas other digital distribution platforms would get an April 2020 release. This has led to some dissatisfaction, as it happened previously this year with another highly anticipated first-person Shooter, Metro Exodus. This week we also saw the first look at the gameplay of Borderlands 3, followed by the confirmation that Borderlands 3 will include cosmetic microtransactions, despite Randy Pitchford's statements to the contrary.
Yesterday there was a rather unofficial announcement on Twitter from David Eddings, who voiced the quirky (and who is either viewed as annoying or beloved by players) robot, Claptrap. In reply to a query from a Twitter user, Eddings said he will not reprise the role in Borderlands 3, a role he's been playing since the original Borderlands, with returns in Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, as well as Telltale Games' Tales from the Borderlands. The reason for it is that Eddings asked for payment for the role, which he didn't do for the previous four games in the series because at the time he was the Gearbox Software VP.
No. For the first time, I insisted on getting paid for my performance and all of a sudden they couldn't afford me. Now I'm not telling them how to run their business but maybe next time they should put the $12M payment from 2K in the Gearbox bank account instead. Just sayin'...— David Eddings (@davideddings) May 2, 2019
The mention of the $12m payment from 2K refers to the accusation against Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford by a former lawyer of the company, which was reported earlier this year. The accusation hasn't been proven true or false, and the lawsuits are still unfolding.
The robot Claptrap will appear in Borderlands 3, but there's no confirmation on who will voice it. If you're interested in learning more about David Eddings, who is Head of Publishing at Rooster Teeth Games, we had an exclusive interview with him last year at the NYCC.
Are you hoping to see Claptrap in Borderlands 3? Do you think David Eddings is essential to the role, or maybe another voice actor can take over? Let us know in the comments below!