Troy Baker, the celebrated voice actor behind The Last of Us‘ Joel and Far Cry 4‘s Pagan Min, is just not set to reprise his function as Atlas CEO Rhys inBorderlands 3, even if neither he nor Gearbox Software appear to know why. Introduced as an unique character in Telltale’sTales from the Borderlandsearlier than the developer went beneath, Rhys was current inBorderlands 3‘s reveal trailer at PAX 2019, however followers have since been left to marvel how giant of a task the character will play and the way unusual it could be to listen to a distinct voice coming from his mouth.
Rhys is certainly one of two player-controlled protagonists from the uproariousTales from the Borderlands, Telltale’s episodic story-based tackle theBorderlands sequence. Considering the irreverent, absurdist humor that Gearbox has injected into their sci-fi loot shooter from the beginning, it was a match made in heaven, andTales from the Borderlands shortly grew right into a fan favourite. Unfortunately, when Telltale instantly went belly-up final yr, followers of the spin-off had been left worrying over whether or not or not something from the sport would stay canonical in the primary sequence and if the brand new characters would ever return. These fears had been barely allayed when a mustachioed Rhys was briefly proven off throughoutBorderland3‘s unveiling final month, however it appears unlikely that it is going to be the identical Rhys that gamers know and love.
Mild controversy was sparked when redditor Josh_J_Anderson posted a video taken at a Supanova Comic Con & Gaming panel that includes Troy Baker, who had been requested if he would return to voice Rhys inBorderlands 3. “I am sorry to interrupt it to y’all, that is not me,” was his reply, stating that he wasn’t absolutely conscious of the character’s return within the upcoming mainline sequel. Baker additionally mentioned that he is nonetheless absolutely open to reprising the function if Gearbox can have him even if he “would not agree with how they’re dealing with” the state of affairs, however Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford appears to imagine that Baker has it backwards. Claiming in a tweetthat Baker turned down the function when approached byBorderlands 3‘s audio director, Pitchford answered a fan’s query as to why Baker wouldn’t be returning with, “You’ll should ask Troy.”
You’ll should ask Troy. I used to be advised by the audio director that he turned it down. Fortunately, with how Rhys seems within the recreation, I don’t assume it truly issues in any respect. You’ll see for your self when the sport comes out and you could disagree with me on that or not.
— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) April 10, 2019
Pitchford, who’s no stranger to controversy, went on to proclaim that Baker’s absence will not majorly impression the character’s really feel “with how Rhys seems within the recreation.” Though he admits gamers “might disagree” when the sport releases in September, it is pretty probably that Pitchford is alluding to the extensively speculated risk thatBorderlands 2 antagonist Handsome Jack has absolutely overtaken Rhys’ consciousness in Borderlands 3, with a digital backup of Jack’s thoughts having roughly possessed Rhys in the course of the occasions ofTales from the Borderlands. It may additionally simply be that Rhys has one way or the other misplaced his voice (or possibly simply will get straight-up murdered earlier than getting an opportunity to talk), however the prevailing Handsome Jack concept is by far essentially the most compelling contemplating that Telltale positioned the setup immediately into Gearbox’s lap.
No matter the last word final result, Pitchford is correct when he says thatBorderlands followers will simply have to find Rhys’ destiny themselves when the sport comes out. With Gearbox having already incited robust backlash amongst potential PC gamers after saying thatBorderlands 3 shall be an Epic Games Store unique on PC, although, upsettingTales from the Borderlands followers is definitely the very last thing the developer would need at this level.
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Source: Josh_J_Anderson/Reddit, Randy Pitchford/Twitter
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