‘Gears Of War 4’ Horde 3.0 Debut Reveal Classes, Run The Jewels Newest Track [Video]

JD and Kait facing drones in Gears of War 4.

The Coalition finally pulled the curtain back Thursday on Horde 3.0 for Gears of War 4 with a trailer featuring unreleased music from hip hop group Run the Jewels. The upcoming Xbox One and Windows 10 PC shooter is bringing back the classic co-op survival wave mode this October with some new tweaks on classes, abilities, and fortifications.

The trailer released via YouTube for the Gears of War 4 Horde 3.0 premiere reveals the changes The Coalition made for this iteration. Possibly the most controversial change will be the addition of character classes to the mix. This is the first appearance of classes in a mainline Gears series, but they were part of the Gears of War: Judgment. The spinoff had a horde-like co-op mode called Overrun that utilized classes, but they did not turn out to be very popular.

Gears of War 4 will give players the chance to choose between the Soldier, Sniper, Scout, Heavy, and Engineer roles to “play to your strengths and encourage teamwork.” How abilities will play into this has not been revealed by the development team yet. However, they did reveal some details on the crate being lugged around in the teaser trailer.

The crate is called a “Fabricator” and is a deployable base of operations. This allows players to build their defenses anywhere on the map. It is a huge change from the Gears of War 3 edition of Horde with its pre-defined points for players to set up a base.

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Meanwhile, the lightning symbols that appear around the map appear to be in-game currency used to purchase and upgrade weapons or fortifications. Players should have plenty of opportunities to earn them as they try to survive 50 waves of enemies that include both the Swarm and the robotic DeeBees. The trailer reveals some of the previously unseen beasts players will face in Gears of War 4.

Expect to see more out of Horde 3.0 this weekend from PAX West. Gears of War 4 will be featured at the annual convention. A livestream of Gears of War 4’s multiplayer co-op mode will debut on Saturday via the official Twitch channel, with other reveals happening Friday and Sunday.

As previously reported, those that are able to make it PAX will have the chance to go hands-on with Gears of War 4 and Horde 3.0. The Coalition is offering 30 minutes of play time in the co-op mode with four squad mates to try and beat 10 waves of enemies in their booth and in the PAX Arena.

Completing all 10 waves of Horde 3.0 in the allotted 30 minutes while playing in The Coalition’s booth will grant Physical Gear Packs, which unlock in-game Gears of War 4 content. Meanwhile, PAX Arena attendees will tackle the co-op mode on hardcore difficulty with a chance to win “special Gears of War merchandise.”

PC gamers will receive some love at PAX too. The Nvidia and Alienware booths will both feature Gears of War 4 on Windows 10 running at 4K resolution.

As for Run the Jewels hip hop duo featured in the Horde 3.0 trailer, artists Killer Mike and El-P will grace Gears of War 4’s multiplayer with their own characters later this year.

Gears of War 4 is due out October 11 for the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Those that pre-order the Ultimate Edition will be able to play it four days early on Friday, October 7.

The title is part of Microsoft’s new “Play Anywhere” program where a digital purchase from the Xbox Store and Windows Store comes with a copy of Gears of War 4 for both platforms. It also supports cross-saves and cross-play between platforms for The Coalition’s title.

The Xbox “Play Anywhere” initiative went live in a recent console update and the Windows 10 Anniversary update. ReCore will be the first title out on September 13, followed by Forza Horizon 3 on September 27, and then Gears of War 4.

[Image via The Coalition]