Claptrap voice actor David Eddings is reportedly not reprising his role in Borderlands 3 because development studio Gearbox “all of a sudden […] couldn’t afford [him]”.
While Eddings has voiced Claptrap in all prior Borderlands games, he did so whilst also employed as a full-time employee of Gearbox, so he played Claptrap without drawing down additional payment for his voice work. But as Eddings left his position as vice president of licensing and business development to move to Rooster Teeth in March 2017, he reports he asked to be paid “for the first time” for Borderlands 3 but was seemingly unable to reach a payment arrangement with the studio.
When asked on Twitter if he would be returning as Claptrap, Eddings said: “No. For the first time, I insisted on getting paid for my performance and all of a sudden they couldn’t afford me.