Claptrap has been voiced by David Eddings since the original Borderlands. However, it looks like our “beloved” robot is no longer being voiced by David as he doesn’t work at Gearbox Software anymore and instead is the Head of Game Publishing Rooster Teeth Now. There he will support indie developers by getting their games into the market.
It is possible that David could still be doing the voice of claptrap as a freelance voice actor, however, some other hints leave me to suspect that this might not be the case. If we check out Randy Pitchford’s Twitter account again we see him make several tweets mentioning that David didn’t leave Gearbox but that he got fired.
I don’t know the reasons behind this but concluding from this Gearbox didn’t want to work with David anymore. Bringing him back seems unlikely because of a sudden “bad” reputation. However Randy does mention Claptrap does have a voice, but these words are open to interpretation.
Previously I thought there isn’t a story here and this was gossip. However, when I recently checked out David’s Twitter profile I noticed a small change in his bio description, Original Voice Actor of Claptrap. The addition of “Original” leaves me to conclude that there will be a new one.
I checked with the Wayback time machine to verify if I wasn’t mistaken about the small addition, but that confirmed the old text. So will someone be doing a similar voice or will claptrap suffer some reprogramming and get a new voice and attitude?
What do you guys think of this development, let me know in the comments.