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 11th October on Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms. 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 popularise 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. Also the all-new “Fabricator” is a deployable base of operations that allows players to build their defences anywhere on the map and execute their defensive strategy with precision.
“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.