Troy Baker has countered claims he turned down playing Rhys in Borderlands 3 and insists it was Gearbox Software who decided he was "not coming back".
While Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford stated publicly last week that Baker "turned [the role] down", the voice actor said he would “love to come back" but "[Gearbox Software] said I’m not coming back".
When asked on Twitter why Baker didn't return as Rhys, Pitchford tweeted: "You’ll have to ask Troy. I was told by the audio director that he turned it down. 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."
However, in a video interview with OnlySP (thanks, IGN), Baker says that's not correct and "[Gearbox] said I'm not coming back".
Here's a snippet from the interview:
"Their timeline tells an interesting story," Baker added, referring to the comments made by the Gearbox CEO. "I think it’s interesting that Randy Pitchford tweeted out that I turned it down, and then he said he heard that I turned it down. So maybe… I would fact check before I tweeted out to the internet."
In the same video interview, fellow Borderlands alumni Nolan North confirmed that he too was not asked to contribute to the highly-anticipated sequel.
Borderlands 3 is out on September 13, 2019. Steam users unhappy at 2K's decision to enter into an exclusivity partnership with the Epic Store for Borderlands 3 review-bombed its prequels, but a new default filtering system prevented those reviews from being included in the aggregate score.