This short trailer shown during the Microsoft conference tells us a little bit about why Cole Train and Baird are in hand cuffs in the recent images that have been flying around the internet. The trailer also confirms that Baird has always been, and always will be, smug.

It seems as though Baird and Co. happened to stop following orders and steal some sort of government thingy, and in doing so, they are in some hot water. Not much in the way of gameplay was shown, but a post made on the official Gears site sheds some more details about the game:

“Gears of War: Judgment” delivers the most intense and challenging Gears of War game yet, with a campaign that takes you back to the immediate aftermath of Emergence Day — the defining event of the Gears of War universe — for the very first time and tests your mettle in highly competitive new multiplayer modes.

Set years before the events of the previous Gears of War trilogy, Judgment centers on Kilo Squad, a troop of soldiers led by Damon Baird and Augustus “The Cole Train” Cole. They are joined by newcomers to the Gears series, Sofia Hendricks and Garron Paduk, as they attempt to save the besieged city of Halvo Bay from a terrifying new enemy. Gears of War: Judgment depicts the planet Sera on the brink of annihilation by an unstoppable new Locust menace, giving you a new vantage point into one of the richest and most acclaimed sagas in gaming.

Gears of War: Judgment will support four player coop and include a “Smart Spawn System” that makes enemies spawn differently each time you play. There is also a new class-based multiplayer mode called “Overrun” that allows players to be either Locusts or COGs for the first time.

You can stick grenades to peoples’ backs and roll away early in 2013.