With all the news of Borderlands 3 on the way, some have been wondering if the original voice cast is returning. And sadly, there’s one who won’t for a very good reason. A fan hit up David Eddings, the voice of Claptrap, on Twitter this week to ask the basic question of if he was returning to go the voice. The answer we got was both one of disappointment wrapped in a very good reason.
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
Whatever your views may be on voice actors in video games and how much they deserve to be paid, it’s still an acting job and if you know what you’re worth, you ask for it. How fans will react to knowing the company wasn’t willing to pay for him is another issue altogether, but they’ve already decided to move on. According to IMDb, Jim Foronda will be replacing Eddings in the role. He’s no stranger to Borderlands as he voiced other characters in the series, and also voiced Claptrap in Borderlands 2 VR. Though we are curious how much he’s being paid for this gig.