Last year, Dave Bautista professed his desire to join the cast of the Gears of War movie – still in development – as protagonist Marcus Fenix. We’re a long way from finding out when or even if that effort will pay off, but now we can at least see what he’d look like in the armour. He’ll join the multiplayer cast as a playable character a little bit after the Gears 5 release date.

Bautista has recorded “over seven hundred lines” of dialogue for the game according to the official announcement, and he’s in Marcus’ own armour set. Gears chief Rod Fergusson says “we started with the fantasy of ‘Batista as Marcus,’” before giving the character a bit more of the actor’s personality, and adding the all-important sunglasses.

You’ll automatically unlock the character by playing Gears 5 after September 15, which happens to be the date of WWE’s Clash of Champions show. It’s an odd bit of cross-promotion given that Bautista – or Batista, to properly use his ring name – isn’t likely to return to the ring any time soon, but I will not argue with the chance to finally see him in proper Gears gear.

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