Interview: Bringing the Terminator and Gears universes together

Ryan Cleveland talks Terminator in Gears 5 as well as the new Escape multiplayer co-op mode.


To say we’re excited about Gears 5 would be an understatement, and to further fan our hype, Shacknews got to speak Gears of War with Ryan Cleveland, Design Director for Multiplayer.

Right off the bat, Ryan confirmed that players would be able to play as not only a Terminator, but as kickass protagonist, Sarah Connor. This offer is part of the Terminator Dark Fate pre-order exclusive. Just in case you needed another reason to be hyped for Gears 5.

As for the game itself, Escape seems to flip the Gears of War formula on its head. Typically, Gears has been rather defensive, with players eking out control of a location one piece of cover at a time. Escape, however, is a far more aggressive mode, forcing players to constantly push forward at a faster pace than they might be used to.

The weapon systems in Gears 5 have received a complete overhaul for the new title. Players can expect to see new recoil patterns, updated reticles, and even damage numbers. While the damage numbers aren’t in the campaign, they are in the multiplayer modes. This will allow players to better track the damage they’re doing to opponents, but it has greater significance in the likes of Escape and Horde.

In these two modes, the player can select what character they use and what cards to equip. This is part of an upgrade system where the character improves over time through leveling up. The numbers will help players get a greater sense of the improved damage and how the character is evolving.

Gears 5 is releasing on Xbox One, Windows, and Steam in September. If you’re as excited as us about Gears 5, make sure you read Ozzie’s hands-on impression of Escape where he tried his best to carry his team to victory.

For more E3 2019 developer interviews, head over to the GamerHubTV YouTube channel.

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    June 12, 2019 11:45 AM

    Sam Chandler posted a new article, Interview: Bringing the Terminator and Gears universes together

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      June 12, 2019 11:52 AM

      Its just a multiplayer skin. Doesn't seem that interesting.

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      June 12, 2019 12:15 PM

      Terminator is a dumb franchise that has had its last 3 movies underperform at the box office. It's presence at e3 is stupid and why any executives think they gotta chase that hot hot Schwarzenegger money in 2019 are clueless

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        June 12, 2019 12:29 PM

        I think in the right hands, the Terminator universe of Terminator 1 and 2 could be an amazing game setting.

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          June 12, 2019 12:33 PM

          The gun arcade game was cool until you got to the car chase scene which was unbeatable

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          June 12, 2019 12:38 PM

          future shock and skynet were both pretty good back in the day

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          June 12, 2019 12:52 PM

          I agree with this vehemently. They just need to let the Arnold Terminator go, and focus on the world. New stories and characters in that setting would be fun.

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            June 12, 2019 1:13 PM

            Which setting though? The fucked up future skynet world? If a game is set there it means all the movies aren't canon then because every movie stops that future from happening (well...except 3)

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              June 12, 2019 1:14 PM

              I am not going to even attempt to explain away the paradoxes involved in time travel scenarios. But yeah, playing in that future setting, perhaps some flashbacks to our time for the mandatory stealth missions, who knows.

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