Following yesterday’s statement from Troy Baker regarding his decision not to reprise his role as Rhys in Borderlands 3, with Gearbox Software and labour union SAG-AFTRA issuing their own separate statements on the matter.
With Baker stating that he turned down the role of Rhys in Borderlands 3, having voiced the character in Telltale’s Tales From the Borderlands, because the job was “non-union”. Baker said that he “never said no” to the role, but insists that Gearbox “made it impossible” for him to take the role.
‘We applaud any member who stands up for workplace fairness and the integrity of their creative work,” reads SAG-AFTRA’s response to Baker’s decision (via Kotaku). “It is a courageous decision to act in the best interests of one’s fellow SAG-AFTRA members and this honours all working people,’ the spokesperson explained.”
Gearbox, meanwhile, didn’t refute Baker’s statement, but assured that it sticks to Texas law when its comes to union status. “Gearbox is a Texas company and is bound by Texas law – which means that a person cannot be denied employment because of membership or non-membership in a labour union or other labour organisation,” the studio stated.
“Troy is an exceptional talent and we were disappointed that he declined to partner on Borderlands 3 after being offered the part,” Gearbox’s statement continues. “We wish him the best and hope he knows the offer to collaborate with him still stands.”
The developer added that it: “enthusiastically works to ensure our pay and working conditions meet or exceed union standards,” concluding that: “We also believe strongly in hiring local voice actors whenever we can, which is why we’re thrilled Troy’s career really took off after working with us.”
Borderlands 3 launched for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC last month, and has gone on to ship more than five million copies in that time.