David Eddings, the voice actor for the iconic Claptrap, has some disappointing news for fans of the long-running game franchise. It turns out that the executive, now former, at Gearbox has left the studio after a dispute stemming from reprising said beloved role. He won’t be returning to play the high-fiving and dancing robotic companion again.
Eddings has previously voiced Claptrap in Borderlands, Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and Tales from the Borderlands. So to put is simply, his tinny and sometimes lovable irritating voice is one of the things that made the franchise so memorable. It’s not all bad news though, as the ever-awesome Ashly Burch will be returning to voice the bubbly and insane Tiny Tina.
Speaking very candidly about his departure from Gearbox, Eddings revealed that the issue that pushed his hand and made him feel he couldn’t continue at Gearbox was over money. Specifically, the company had apparently refused to pay Eddings for his rehashing of the iconic robotic role, a slight that can’t be ignored. And given the state of exploitation in the games industry today, his decision is absolutely justifiable.
In followup tweets, he made light of the situation, hoping to cheer fans up who may be disappointed by the loss of such an important voice to the franchise, saying, “In the end, my exit from GBX created at least three job opportunities for other people so that’s a positive.”
The loss of Claptrap is not the only notable departure thought, as it was previously confirmed that Troy Baker would not be reprising his role as Rhys. And although the reasons for Baker not returning are not clear, that hasn’t stopped some fans and gamers from speculating as to whether money may have been a motivator in that instance as well.
Borderlands 3 will release later this year on September 13 for PS4, Xbox One and PC, although the latter of those will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store.