We first learned crates were coming to Gears of War 4 earlier this month. But I believe this is the first time we’ve seen them in action. The Coalition dropped a new multiplayer trailer today showing off several of the modes coming to Gears of War 4’s multiplayer. If you’re playing the beta, most of this trailer will already feel familiar.

Let’s talk about the crates before I dive into what other new things we saw in the trailer. If you’ve reached level 20, you’ve already received Vintage Kait reward set. Everyone else can see it at 1:10 in the trailer. Here’s a screencap from the trailer.

Gears of War 4 cards

Most of the rewards are cosmetic. But the bounty card does give you an XP boost to help you level your character faster. These bounty cards range from XP bonuses for winning matches to getting a certain amount of kills or points in a match. Here are some of the cards.

Gears of War 4 bounty card

We don’t have definitive confirmation of Horde mode yet for Gears of War 4, but it’s not hard to imagine a Halo REQ system in Horde. Who wouldn’t want to spawn with a Boom Shot?

The rest of the trailer

The Retro Lancer is back. Everyone loves the bayonet charge, but it was also a damn good rifle to begin with. An active-reload clip could drop folks in no time. We also see the Buzzkill in action. Much like the Drop Shot, you won’t feel safe in cover around the Buzzkill.

Man, The Coalition doesn’t want you to sit in cover. Every new addition is designed to keep you and the action moving. Between the Buzzkill, Drop Shot, Vault Kick and Yank – you better get used to rushing with the sometimes trusty Gnasher shotgun. Seriously. There is no in between for me with the shotgun. Either I blow everything away, or I can’t hit the broadside of a barn.

We also get our first look at the new mode Escalation. The Coalition describes it as “tactical intensifying action and weapon placement.” Yep, that doesn’t mean much. What we do see is selectable power weapons.

The Coalition is gearing up for a big Escalation reveal tomorrow at 11:00 am EDT. 10 Gears of War pro players will face off in the new competitive mode. It sounds like this is The Coalition’s big eSports game mode. But don’t worry, Escalation isn’t replacing any of the iconic Gears of War 4 modes. Warzone and Execution are still here.

Selectable power weapons sound cool, and it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out when Gears veterans get their hands on it. Check out Gears of War’s Twitch channel to see the new mode in action. Also, The Coalition will be hosting a Gears of War 4 multiplayer panel on Sunday at 10:30 am EDT. If you want to see the thought process behind the new additions to Gears of War 4 multiplayer, check it out.

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