To the delight professional wrestling and Guardians of the Galaxy fans, Dave Bautista will be a playable character in Microsoft’s latest Gears of War title. The actor shared the news on Twitter today, posting a video of himself in COG armor and red-tinted shades.

Gears 5 will be released on Friday, but “Batista” won’t be available to play until the WWE airs its Clash of Champions event on September 15th. The actor recorded over seven hundred lines for the game.

“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. 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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