One of Gears' spinoffs is coming to an end, not too long after it went live. Gears Pop, a mobile Gears spinoff game, is closing down on April 26, 2021.
Announced this morning, the Pops will leave the battlefield next year. Leading up to the shuttering of Gears Pop, the team behind it will be bringing back some of the more popular events, upping drop rates for Legendary Pins, and increasing Bounty rewards. In-app purchases have also been disabled, effective immediately.
"There are a number of things that go into maintaining a game beyond keeping servers active," the announcement reads. "Addressing issues, developing content, and providing support are critical in keeping a game running. Unfortunately, this is no longer feasible."
Gears Pop is a Funko Pop-infused mobile spin-off of the Gears franchise, casting Marcus and the bunch in that eerie but apparently collectible plastic mold. It launched in August 2019, just a little over a year ago. That might be an indication that the desire for a Funko Pop-styled Gears spinoff was not quite strong enough to last for the long-term.
Other Gears spinoffs have fared better, though. Earlier this year, the Gears went tactical with Gears Tactics. It managed to combine roadie-running and chainsaw bayonets with XCOM-style tactics, so maybe the door is still open for more variation in Gears games, even if mobile and Funko Pop weren't it.
Mainline Gears also has some new developments in store, though not what you might expect. Gears 5 is adding a new option with its next-gen upgrade for the Xbox Series X and S, which lets you swap Dave Bautista in to play Marcus Fenix. It's weird, but maybe a good enough reason for Bautista fans to play another Gears run when the new Xbox consoles launch on Nov. 10, 2020.