Fenix and Santiago in Lost Planet 2 – how?

As announced yesterday, Gears of War stars Marcus Fenix and Dom Santiago have found their way to Capcom’s Lost Planet 2. An interesting crossover, to say the least, but how did it come to be?

“[Capcom] contacted us about the cameo and we said ‘heck yeah,'” Gears designer Cliff Bleszinski told Kotaku. “We’re mutual fans of each other’s work and crossovers are darned cool so we sent over the Marcus and Dom models for implementation.” And it appears to have been as simple as that.

Whether Lost Planet 2 matches the Epic franchise’s control layout is something Bleszinski couldn’t speak to however, “I can’t speak about the controls for LP2. Anything else about how it’s accessed or used in game remains to be revealed. I’ll leave that to Capcom’s capable hands.”

The game was just yesterday dated for a simultaneous May 18 release in Europe and North America, on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.