Gears 5 adding Dave Bautista as a playable character

Microsoft and The Coalition have announced that former WWE Superstar Dave Bautista will put on the armor of Marcus Fenix and join Gears 5’s multiplayer as a playable character.

Bautista will appear in the game under his WWE ring name of Batista and has recorded over 700 lines of dialog, according to The Coalition’s Rod Fergusson.

“Adding Batista to Gears 5, we started with the fantasy of ‘Batista as Marcus,’ putting Batista into Marcus’ armor, and starting with Marcus’ script,” Fergusson said. “Then we added elements of ‘The Animal’ Batista into his voice performance and onto his look by adding his signature Hollywood shades to his character.  Batista was great in the booth and I can’t wait for Gears and Batista fans alike to stomp some Swarm as The Animal.”

To unlock Batista, all players have to do is play any version of Gears 5 between September 15th and October 28th.

This isn’t the only crossover happening in Gears 5 though, as Sarah Connor and the T-800 from Terminator: Dark Fate will appear in the game alongside two characters from Halo: Reach.

Gears 5 launches September 10th for Xbox One and PC. However, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers and Gears 5 Ultimate Edition owners will be able to play the game from September 6th.

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