In a stunning twist, Cliffy B has confirmed that two of the most iconic hyper-masculine videogame characters will venture out of the proverbial closet for the first time in Gears of War 3.
"I'm really proud of what the team has done for Gears of War 3," Cliffy B said in a dream I had last night. "There's been a lot of speculation about Marcus and Dom over the years, and in Gears of War 3 all of those questions will be answered. But not how most fans expect."
According to the Jazz Jackrabbit creator, it will be Augustus Cole, not Dom, who will get to cross lancers with series leading man Marcus Fenix in Gears of War 3.
"It just makes sense that way," continued the vision of Cliffy B in my fever-dream. "We wanted to add real depth to our characters. Sure, Cole's character has been a one-dimensional, and often offensive, stereotype up until this point in the series, but he's wearing a pretty heavy mask. As a former Thrashball player turned military man, Cole is constantly weighed down by the man he thinks society wants him to be. He's been hiding within himself. Heck, under the intense pressure of the locust invasion, all of the COGs have been hiding inside themselves. Gears of War 3 won't just be about liberating the planet Sera from the locust, each COG will also liberate themselves from roles and personalities the machine of society prescribed them."
With the romance between Marcus and Dom so prevalent in the first two Gears of War games, many gamers may wonder about the switch in romantic focus for Gears 3.
"Of course they still love each other, they always will. But remember, Dom's wife has just died. Marcus has too much respect for their friendship to take advantage of Dom in his emotionally vulnerable state. that isn't to say their romance is completely dead though, and the budding couple of Marcus and Cole may bring out a side of Dom not yet seen in the series."
Be sure to check your calendars for more exciting announcements about Gears of War 3.
Seriously, check your calendars.