Gears of War 4 to show off Horde 3.0 at PAX West this week

Laurent Giret

Just two weeks after Gears of War 4 developer The Coalition showed off some of the shooter’s gameplay at Gamescom 2016, PAX West 2016 in Seattle, WA is set to be the next stop for the game studio’s roadshow. Starting Friday September 2, Gears of War 4 will take over the PAX Arena and attendees will be able to get a preview of two new game modes called “Horde 3.0” and “Arms Race”.

Director of Community at The Coalition Adam Fletcher revealed today all the details about the event in a new blog post on Xbox Wire. On September 2, The Coalition will debut “Arms Race”, a brand new versus multiplayer mode for the third-person shooter. Fletcher didn’t share additional details about it yet expect that “this special event is ‘For The Watch’, a running gag between Penny Arcade’s Gabe and Tycho where they battle it out for the honor of taking home the fabled watch.” Additionally, attendees will have the chance to get some special giveaway goodies such as T-shirts, pins and Gears of War 4 physical card packs.

The “Horde 3.0” game mode will be showcased on Saturday, September 3 during an event featuring special guests. Attendees who make it to the show will also be able to get an exclusive Horde 3.0 Poster designed by award-winning American comic book artist Tony Moore as well as other goodies. Here is what you can expect from the event:

Prepare for an overload of Horde 3.0 gameplay in a very special race to be First to 50! We’ve invited guests from Xbox and two superstar squads to compete for the honor of being the first team to survive 50 brutal waves of the all-new Horde mode for Gears of War 4. Captained by GoldGlove and FemSteph, each squad will be composed of star Gears players, including Actabunnifoofoo, SoVindictive, GuyBlaze, VernNotice, Falloutt, ImCoty, LucyMaeGames and Crream).

The limited Horde 3.0 poster designed by Tony Moore.
The limited Horde 3.0 poster designed by Tony Moore.

On Sunday, September 4, Gears of War fans will be invited to compete as teams of five on the new Horde mode and win some cool prizes along the way:

Teams who survive the first 10 waves can then make the decision to take the prize – or put it all on the line for a chance to win an even better prize by completing the next 10 waves of Horde as a team. Prizes will also differ based on the difficulty selected by each team.

If you can’t attend the gaming show, all three three events will be live streamed on Twitch on the PaxArena, Xbox and Gears of War accounts. Tune in at the following dates to catch all the fun:

  • Friday September 2, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm PDT
  • Saturday September 3, from 6:30pm PDT onwards
  • Sunday, September 4, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm PDT

Gears of War 4 will be available worldwide starting October 11 on both the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, and this latest Seattle event seems a good opportunity to generate more excitement over what appears to be one of the most interesting blockbuster releases of the upcoming fall season. Let us know in the comments if you plan to attend PAX West 2016 or watch the game’s live streams on Twitch.