Today, Xbox and indie hip hop phenoms Run the Jewels formally kicked off their collaboration with a sneak-peak from their highly-anticipated third studio album, Run the Jewels 3, the follow up to their breakthrough sophomore release, RTJ2. Titled “Panther Like a Panther,” the track is exclusively featured in the Horde 3.0 debut trailer in support of the upcoming Gears of War 4, which launches on Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms Oct. 11. This is the first time Run the Jewels has premiered a track alongside a videogame partner, and it launches on the group’s website –www.runthejewels.com.
Horde 3.0 marks the return of the popular multiplayer survival mode that pits up to five players against waves of enemies – a genre that Gears of War helped popularize with the release of Gears of War 2 in 2009. This is the first time Horde has appeared in a Gears of War game in five years, and returns to the mode’s trademark co-op multiplayer intensity, with the addition of modern touches such as classes, abilities and fortifications.
In addition to ferocious new classes of enemies like the Swarm and the DeeBees, Horde 3.0 also introduces new innovations like a class-based system that lets you choose from five variations in roles – Soldier, Sniper, Scout, Heavy and Engineer – to play to your strengths and encourage teamwork. In addition, the new “Fabricator” is a deployable base of operations that allows players to build their defenses anywhere on the map and execute their defensive strategy with precision.
Horde 3.0 will make its public debut at PAX West this weekend on the showfloor and then on Saturday special guests will compete to become the “First to Fifty” beginning at 6:30 PM PDT from the PAX Arena. The event will be streamed live on Twitch and will feature the all-new ‘Relic’ multiplayer map. Attendees will be eligible to win a range of prizes including Run the Jewels x Gears of War t-shirts, pins, physical Gear Packs and a special Tony Moore poster. For fans not at PAX or those looking for more apparel, Run the Jewels has a new drop in the store section of their website, runthejewels.com.
“Run the Jewels was on heavy rotation when we started laying the groundwork for the next era of Gears back in 2014, and has been there ever since.” said Rod Fergusson, Studio Head at The Coalition. “The fact that two career artists came together as a group to create something so special – a rarity in modern hip-hop – are things that Gears fans will immediately recognize and appreciate. We’re proud to have Run the Jewels as a part of the Gears of War family.”
Later this year, Killer Mike and El-P will forever become part of the Gears family by appearing as multiplayer characters in the game. The duo will bring their brutal intensity and ‘can’t nobody save us but us’ attitude to Gears of War 4 multiplayer.
Fans in the Seattle area can meet Killer Mike and El-P from Run the Jewels and Gears of War co-creator Rod Fergusson and score some exclusive collaboration giveaways at BAIT at 915 E Pike St, Seattle, WA from 2-3 PM on Saturday, September 3rd, or catch Run the Jewels in concert during their mainstage performance at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts festival at 7:20 PM in downtown Seattle.