What you need to know

  • Gears Pop! is a mobile collaboration between Funko and Microsoft.
  • It features real-time player vs. player gameplay.
  • While it is free, there are microtransactions.
  • You can download it on Android, iOS, or Windows 10.

Updated September 13, 2019: A new patch for Gears Pop! fixes the login issue. The team is also giving away a pack as compensation.

At Gamescom 2019, Microsoft provided a number of new announcements and details about the Gears of War franchise. While Gears 5 is an upcoming third-person shooter from Microsoft's The Coalition studio, Gears Pop! is a mobile game that's a lot of fun. The game launched on August 22 and is a free-to-play title so there's no risk in testing it out.

The launch period hasn't been without its problems, but a new update is out which brings balance changes and a lot more. In a post, the Gears Pop! team said, "We want to mention that the Xbox Live Login issue continues to be a top priority. The cause has been identified and the team is working on a solution. We'll be sharing updates on our social channels and we appreciate your patience."

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We'll keep you posted as soon as the Xbox Live sign-in issue is resolved. It's unclear how much time it will take. It seems like the problem is limited to a small number of players at the moment.

Gears Pop! is a bit like Plants vs Zombies where our favorite Gears characters face-off against one another in "fast-paced explosive real-time multiplayer battles." Over 30 characters from the franchise are in the game currently, and you can bet that number will likely grow over time.

Gears goes mobile

Gears Pop!

They're kind of cute

Mobile fans can finally get a taste of Gears of War with Gears Pop! on iOS and Android. It's not the hyper-realistic gore you're used to as this time it's in collaboration with Funko.

Fight the Swarm

Gears 5

Jump back into the world of Gears of War to take on a new threat to Sera as Kait Diaz tries to figure out the mystery of how the Swarm has compromised the Coalition's robot army, and just what her connection is to the enemy.

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