Mediatonic and Microsoft has shut down operations on Gears Pop! after a final farewell period of limited events. The game had originally launched on iOS and Android in August 2019.
This closure was first announced back in October last year, where a blog post on the official Gears Pop! website stated: “There are a number of things that go into maintaining a game beyond keeping servers active. Addressing issues, developing content, and providing support are critical in keeping a game running. Unfortunately, this is no longer feasible.”
Since then, the game had brought back many popular events and modes for fans to enjoy one last time, as well as adjusting rewards, pin upgrade costs and experience points to ensure the game could be enjoyable to as many people as possible while on its last legs.
All in-app purchases made between 30th July and 28th October were also refunded to ensure those who spent a lot of currency on digital items weren’t throwing that money away for digital items that would soon become inaccessible.
Originally released in 2019, Gears Pop! was the last mobile game developed by Mediatonic, a British games developer creating mobile and web browser-based games since 2005. The studio is known for creating phone games like Moshi Monsters: Lost Islands, Delivery Outlaw, and Heavenstrike Rivals, but found recent mainstream success with Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout on PC and PlayStation 4.
Despite this news, Gears Pop! had shown signs of potential in its early days after it managed to get one million downloads within the first week of release, according to PocketGamer.biz.
It’s a shame that this game had to close, as it was one of the more unique games of its genre and had shown great potential. Mediatonic may get a chance to build on the formula with less restraint in the future.