New characters are unlocked from Gear Packs and allow players to mix and match their favorite COG and Locust units into one epic team.
Gears POP! players can also utilize Ultimate abilities like the Emergence Hole that “floods the battlefield with Wretches.”
The goal of each PvP battle is to destroy two enemy turrets that will then allow a player to attack the other’s avatar that can be further customized outside of battle.
Players summon different characters that have various amounts of energy required to be put out in the battlefield. There are certain characters who can take cover behind obstructions that, when two in a row are captured, will allow players to summon characters further up in the arena.
Gears POP! was announced at E3 2018 and arrives about a month before Gears 5.
For more on Gears 5, be sure to check out our IGN First coverage that took a deep dive into the new Escape mode, take a look at the Gears 5 Xbox One X Limited Edition console, and learn more about the return of Horde mode in the newest entry in the franchise that will be released for Xbox One and PC on September 10, 2019.
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