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Randy Pitchford Says It Was Troy Baker's Choice Not To Reprise Tales From Borderlands Role

by Javy Gwaltney on Apr 10, 2019 at 03:13 PM

One of the most enjoyable moments in the Borderlands 3 reveal trailer was seeing Rhys, one of the two protagonists from Tales From The Borderlands, make a surprise return. He looks older and is sporting an iffy-looking mustache, but no doubt about it, that's our bumbling yet charming criminal lad Rhys. Though fans have welcomed his return (and have likely hoped for more of the cast to reappear), it appears that the man who gave Rhys a voice isn't too happy about the occasion.

Troy Baker, who also voiced Joel in The Last Of Us and Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite, recently revealed at a fan convention that he was not  returning to voice the character and even spoke at length about his dissatisfaction with Borderlands developer Gearbox, who co-developed Tales From The Borderlands with Telltale.

 I don't agree with [Gearbox] on how they're handling it...I really want Gearbox to know that if they're going to bring back characters from Tales From The Borderlands. it should be the people who originated the characters. They shouldn’t just recast willy-nilly, because as a fan that matters to me.

You can watch the video here for Baker's full discussion of the matter.

Randy Pitchford chimed in on the matter when responding to a user on Twitter, saying that Baker actually turned down the opportunity himself:

For more on Tales From The Borderlands, read our write-up on why it's the best game Telltale ever put out.

This article was updated on April 10 at 3:14 PM CST to include Pitchford's response.

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