Gears 5 free bonus: Xbox One fans get limited-time free download, hurry before offer ends

Gears 5 fans can now grab a brand new free Xbox One download that’s available for a limited-time only.

Gears of War 5 was released earlier this month on the Xbox One and PCs to critical acclaim.

At the time of writing Gears 5 has an 85 per cent Metacritic rating, based on 71 reviews.

While Gears 5 also managed to nab the enviable accolade of knocking Fortnite off its perch as the most-played Xbox game following its launch.

Gears 5 was played by over three million players in the first weekend, which makes it the biggest Xbox Game Studios launch this generation.

And Xbox One fans that have been enjoying Gears 5 have been given an extra bonus, with a new free download available now.

The new free Xbox One download is a Batista skin for Gears of War 5.

Anyone that plays Gears 5 between September 15 and October 28 will be able to get the skin for Marcus Fenix.

To play as Batista you will need to customise the iconic character, edit the skin and the select Batista.

The release of the Batista skin comes amid the Guardians of the Galaxy actor’s campaign to star as Marcus Fenix in the Gears of War movie.

Speaking about a fan campaign to get him in a Gears movie, Hollywood star Dave Bautista recently said: “They’re listening. And they could give **!

“But thank you for the support. Believe me when I say I’ve tried everything to make this happen.”

For the Gears 5 skin Bautista recorded over 700 lines of dialogue for the Xbox One hit.

Speaking about his role in Gears 5, the game’s director Rod Fergusson said: “Adding Batista to Gears 5, we started with the fantasy of ‘Batista as Marcus,’ putting Batista into Marcus’ armour, 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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