Wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista is now available as a playable character in Gears 5 multiplayer. The “Batista” character skin is free for everyone.
To unlock the skin, simply enter the character customization menu in Gears 5 multiplayer and select “Batista.” The skin is only available for the Marcus Fenix character, however.
Batista has more than 700 voice lines in Gears 5 multiplayer, and some of them are pulled from his “The Animal” character that he played in WWE matches.
“Adding Batista to Gears 5, we started with the fantasy of ‘Batista as Marcus,’ putting Batista into Marcus’ armor, and starting with Marcus’ script. 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,” The Coalition boss Rod Fergusson said in a statement. “Batista was great in the booth and I can’t wait for Gears and Batista fans alike to stomp some Swarm as The Animal.”
The Batista skin is free in Gears 5, but you only have a limited time to pick it up. The skin is available for everyone on Xbox One and PC through October 28.
Bautista, who also plays Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie series, publicly campaigned to portray Marcus Fenix in the Gears of War movie. Fergusson himself agrees that Bautista “would be awesome” but noted he has no role in casting decisions. Besides that, there’s no guarantee a Gears of War movie would feature Marcus Fenix at all.
In other news, Microsoft recently announced that Gears 5 reached 3 million people during its first week to set a new Xbox One record.
Source: Game Spot Mashup