Following the official announcement of Borderlands 3, a minor controversy developed over returning character, Rhys. He first appeared in Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands and was voiced by Troy Baker, but Baker was reportedly not asked back, although Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford refutes Baker’s claim. Regardless of the Troy Baker Borderlands 3 controversy, the fact remains that someone else is voicing the character of Rhys this time around.
Today, voice actor Ray Chase revealed that he will be playing Rhys in Borderlands 3. Some may know Chase as the voice of Noctis Lucis Caelum from Final Fantasy XV, but he has a variety of roles under his belt including Marlon in The Walking Dead: Final Season, the male Freelancer in Anthem, and Genichiro Ashina in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
The voice actor took to his personal Twitter to show his respect for Troy Baker’s take on the character. He also states that he is not a perfect voice match but a new interpretation of the character, which may or may not mitigate some of the confusion over the issue. One thing that drew the attention of Chase’s fans was his reference to the character as Mustache Rhys, potentially hinting at some changes that make the voice difference effectively obsolete (which has been echoed by Pitchford as well).
Notably, Rhys isn’t the only character with a different voice actor, as David Eddings who voiced Claptrap in the original Borderlands and Borderlands 2 is not returning for Borderlands 3. One silver lining that fans may accept is that Ashly Burch, who voiced Tiny Tina, has been confirmed to reprise the role of the fan-favorite character.
I'm honored to announce that I play mustache Rhys in Borderlands 3.
I played all of TftB and greatly admired @TroyBakerVA's hilarious performance – his work is a true inspiration to me! I'm not a perfect voice match, but a new interpretation.
I sincerely hope you enjoy! pic.twitter.com/nbgESmBOXv
— Ray Chase (@RayChase) May 1, 2019
It remains to be seen what other changes are in the game, but the recent gameplay event did give a quick glimpse at Lilith who sounds very much like her old self. And the few changes to the gameplay itself help Borderlands 3 focus on giving players what they want, so players can expect a few varied quality of life changes as far as gameplay goes over past entries.
Borderlands 3 releases September 13, 2019, for PC, PS4, and Xbox One