Gears POP! to Gears Stop as Servers Shut Down Next Year
Servers will be shutting down in April 2021, less than two years after the game launched.
Gears POP! was a surprise reveal at E3 2018. It was debuted as a new mobile title set in the Gears of War universe at the same time as Microsoft revealed Gears Tactics. The game offered an interesting juxtaposition against the more violent Gears titles, with the usual gritty characters replaced with everybody’s favourite mass-produced collectables, Funko POPS.
The game, which was developed by Fall Guys’ developers Mediatonic, released in August 2019 for both PC and mobile devices. While it got off to a fairly successful start, all isn’t rosy in camp Gears POP! In a farewell blog post, Mediatonic has confirmed that the game is “no longer feasible” and the servers will be shutting down next year.
Their statement reads:
“Thank you Gears! Together we have taken on countless waves of Horde and vanquished foes on the Versus battlefield but sadly Gears Pop! is closing on April 26, 2021. Until that time, we’re bringing back some of our most popular events, increasing Bounty rewards, and upping the drop rates for Legendary Pins. Effective immediately, in-app purchasing has also been disabled. Thank you for your understanding and support.”
Regarding in-app purchases, Mediatonic confirmed that players will be refunded for any purchases made between July 30 and October 28 and that refunds may take a few weeks to purchase.
While it’s no doubt a shame for fans of the Gears mobile title, Gears Tactics players still have something to look forwards to. Last month, Gears developers The Coalition confirmed that the tactical hit would be making its console bow just in time for the launch of next-gen. The title, which has now gone gold, will be launching on November 10, the same day as the Xbox Series S and Series X will be available to the world. The game will be releasing for the Xbox One on the same day.