During the Xbox E3 2019 Briefing, we announced that Xbox has partnered with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media to debut two of the most iconic characters in film history in Gears 5 ahead of their return to the big screen in “Terminator Dark Fate” on November 1. The Terminator Dark Fate Character Pack – featuring Sarah Connor and the Terminator T-800 Endoskeleton from the film as playable multiplayer characters – will be available for all Gears 5 Xbox Game Pass members who download and play the game before September 16, 2019 or for fans who pre-order any version of Gears 5.
The partnership began while Gears 5 and Terminator Dark Fate were both in their early stages. “Skydance involved us early on, which was really helpful,” said Gears co-creator Rod Fergusson. “We got 3D body-scans, 3D models and the production notes from the set which we used as the basis for bringing these characters in the Gears world.”
“Working with the team at Xbox on this unique partnership has been a true collaboration from the beginning,” said David Ellison, CEO, Skydance Media. “We’re confident that immersing iconic characters Sarah Connor and the Terminator T-800 Endoskeleton into the Gears universe will enhance the experience for fans of both franchises around the globe.”
“Linda’s portrayal of Sarah Connor, particularly her transformation, is something that has inspired us in Gears 5,” said Fergusson. “Sarah’s journey takes a similar path to the evolution of Kait Diaz in Gears 5, they both get pulled into conflict against their will and it becomes a personal journey for each of them.”
“With Sarah, we got to follow along with the Terminator Dark Fate production design which formed the basis for what you see in the game. Beyond the required lights and proportion changes, the standard Gears weapon load-out requires even more tactical equipment, things like thigh holsters, and on the like. We worked together to make sure those details looked just right for both universes.”
“With the T-800 Endoskeleton, our goal was to embody the iconic qualities that everybody knows,” commented Fergusson. “But at the same time we were given the freedom to make it our own, including subtle changes like emissive lights that make it a great character for multiplayer, and the larger proportions — a signature characteristic of the Gears of War universe.”
The Terminator Dark Fate Character Pack also includes special customizations specific to both Sarah Connor and the T-800 Endoskeleton, letting them make a recognizable mark on the multiplayer battlefield.
Gears 5 will release worldwide on September 10, with early access beginning on September 6 for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members and Ultimate Edition purchasers. For more information on the Gears of War franchise, stay tuned to Xbox Wire or follow Gears on Twitter @gearsofwar.