Claptrap voice actor David Eddings won’t be back for Borderlands 3, here’s why

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HELLOOOOO TRAVELER! It is I, CL4P-TRP and welcome to…my voice, why does my voice sound so different? WHO CHANGED MY VOICE BOX? I BLAME STAIRS!

If you tuned into last week’s stream of Borderlands 3 looking for some fresh new gameplay, then you were probably drenched in new Pandoran features. Bigger guns, a massively revamped character system and a big new hub zone to explore as you hopped around the galaxy were just some of the highlights. Amidst all that, Gearbox showed off a game that was comfortably familiar in its setup. Loot, shoot and repeat the process as your hunger for shiny new guns racks up a body count on par with that of a small nuclear war.

Heck, Borderlands 3 even begins in a way that’ll be instantly familiar to anyone who played any of the previous games. You’re a new vault hunter in town, a charismatic threat has popped up and series icon Claptrap is there to greet you. Only this time, his distinctive voice sounds kind of…off. What gives? For Borderlands 3, Clappy’s regular voice actor David Eddings has been replaced entirely.

Why? According to Eddings, Gearbox didn’t want to pony up the cash to hire him back for the role:

According to Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, Eddings was made an offer to return, but he turned it down:

So what’s the truth in all of this? It’s probably a little bit more complicated, as Eddings voiced Claptrap during his original tenure at Gearbox, eventually leaving the company in March of 2017 so that he could work for Rooster Teeth. How much Eddings was paid during his Gearbox days is a matter that’s between him and the studio. For Borderlands 3, Claptrap’s role is filled in by Jim Foronda, and while he does sound alright he just doesn’t have that spark of silliness that Eddings had in the role.

In fact, do yourself a favour and grab the Pre-Sequel next time it’s on sale, just so that you can play the fantastic Claptastic Voyage. Much like Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep is the definitive slice of Borderlands 2 action, Claptastic Voyage does the same for the Pre-Sequel, reworking numerous ideas and characters into a stunning and meaty adventure.

An adventure that features Edding’s Claptrap at his best, worst and most heroic:

Borderlands 3 is out on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 13.

Last Updated: May 6, 2019

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