For those who do not remember the ending of the Terminator Genisys movie, the planned trilogy had spawned a new timeline in which Sarah Connor and an aged T-800 named Pops stopped both the original 1984 T-800 and a rampaging T-1000. Skynet was posing as a new cloud software platform called Genisys, which was slated to launch in modern times. In this new Terminator story, Skynet was created by John Connor, who had been captured by the future Skynet, turned into a cyborg, and sent back in time to ensure nuclear war happens again in this new timeline.
The Terminator Genisys ending had Pops destroying John in a huge explosion but Arnold's character manages to come back by fusing his CPU with the liquid metal used by the T-1000 Terminator series. In the end, Sarah, Pops, and Kyle Reese escape with Skynet destroyed and the future of humanity is saved from Judgement Day. Or so you'd think....
Confused yet? The new movie added even more ambiguous time travel mechanics on top of the Terminator 2 storyline by including the hypothetical concept of the multiverse. Time travelers are no longer erasing the original future. Instead, they are creating a new, different dimension in which alternative futures exist independently of the others. This means that a future Skynet artificial intelligence based upon an alternative dimension can send people and Terminators back into the malleable past without need of a self-consistent time loop. This explanation tells us why Kyle was able to have visions from the multiple versions of himself. This multiverse of alternative futures also would solve the time travel paradox created by the fact that the time loop is broken since John now can't send Kyle back in order to ensure that he's born.
The screenplay writers probably intended to answer the question of Pops' existence with a Terminator Genisys sequel. Unfortunately, Terminator Genisys 2, or Terminator 6, was canceled in March of 2017, leaving fans in the lurch, but the mid-credits end scene in Genisys did give a hint. The camera revealed that both Genisys' core and Matt Smith's villain had survived the explosion in the Cyberdyne building.
"Our idea was, simply put, that there are multiple timelines. It's a multiverse model. So there are individual, multiple universes, and within those universes there is – as John says – a momentum to time, and the amount of energy and sacrifice that has to occur in order to alter a timeline so far that Judgment Day doesn't occur is huge."
"You see in the beginning. He grabs John. He's not from this timeline. He's from an alternate universe, in the multiverse, another of the many universes that exist. That Skynet is not from that timeline. … This Skynet has been to this universe, and this universe, and this universe. That's why he says, 'I came a very long way to stop you.' He's not from here. So he's watched it. He's watched it happen a bunch of different times, and each time he's seen it there is a different result but the same result."
It's never been stated that a human civil war was planned for the Terminator 6 story but that particular plot point was probably created specifically for the mobile game since it focuses on both Player Versus Player (PvP) and Player Versus Environment (PvE) gameplay.
"Pairing the Terminator Genisys universe with Plarium's advanced strategy gameplay was one of the most natural creative decisions we've made because the franchise aligns so well with our core game mechanics," said Gabi Shalel, CMO of Plarium. "From the epic scale of the game to the diverse weaponry, futuristic technology and ability to play as 'good' or 'evil', this is the experience Terminator fans have always wanted."
The character with his likeness is the tutorial character for both the "Skynet" and "Resistance" player campaigns, and the T-800 avatar can be used by players. Arnold's absence is not too surprising since Schwarzenegger made it fairly clear near the beginning of 2017 that he was not interested in reprising his titular role.
Similarly, Emilia Clarke played as Sarah Connor but Clarke is not featured in this game at all. Just like Ah-nuld, when the Game Of Thrones actress was asked by reporters if she'd still be interested in playing the role of the Terminator heroine her response was a terse "no".
The Terminator gameplay includes the following features:
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