'Gears Pop' brings cute combat to your phone on August 22nd

The Funko Pop game might scratch the itch while you wait for 'Gears 5.'

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You won't have to wait until the September release of Gears 5 to get your Gears of War fix -- provided you're willing to pull out your phone. Microsoft has revealed that Gears Pop will reach Android and iOS on August 22nd following a limited "soft launch." As the name implies, this isn't the gritty cover shooter you know -- it's an overhead, predominantly multiplayer arena battler that has you pitting squads of Funko Pop-styled Gears characters against each other in real time. It's relentlessly cute, insofar as Marcus Fenix and Locust minions can be.

Like it or not, this is a free-to-play game with in-app purchases. Microsoft hasn't outlined what those are, but it's reasonable to expect that collecting and customizing your squad (there are over 30 characters available) could involve spending money. Much like Elder Scrolls: Blades or the upcoming Diablo Immortal, Gears Pop is less about recreating the original experience and more about ensuring a legendary game series has a foot in the mobile world -- hopefully with quality gameplay attached.

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