Gears 5 Batista: How to unlock Batista character in Gears 5

Ahead of Gears 5 launching for Xbox Games Pass Ultimate subscribers last week, Microsoft revealed that Dave Bautista would be coming as a cameo character to Gears 5.

Batista won't be available in-game at launch (which is today for anyone that didn't get early access to Xbox's latest third-person shooter), but instead will be arriving a week later to coincide with WWE Network's "Clash of Champions" event on September 15.

All you need to do to unlock the wrestler as a skin/character in the game is… play the game.

That's right: all you need to do is boot up the game during the promotion period and he'll be added to your character select screen, no mess, no fuss.

The promotion will be active from September 15th until October 28th, so even if you don't plan on playing Gears 5 much until then, it's worth a jump into the game if you have Xbox Games Pass, because at least you'll have him in your ranks if you do get into the title later.

"Adding Batista to Gears 5, we started with the fantasy of ‘Batista as Marcus,’ putting Batista into Marcus’ armor, and starting with Marcus’ script," Gears 5 director Rod Fergusson revealed when asked about how this crossover came about.

"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."

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That isn't the only update Gears fans will be getting this month, either. Thanks to some server wobbles at launch, The Coalition is adding out some compensation to players that jumped into the title early.

'As a token of our appreciation for your patience and support during this weekend’s Early Access, we’re awarding 5 days of Boost (Faster progression) and 600 scrap (Craft Skills or Supply cards)," reads a tweet from the developer.

"Look out for it in the next 48 hours."

The bonuses should just be added to players' accounts when they sign in.

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