Funko is entering the video game industry with an upcoming mobile game in the Gears of War title from Microsoft and Xbox. (Courtesy of Microsoft and Xbox)

Funko is entering the video game industry with an upcoming mobile game in the Gears of War title from Microsoft and Xbox. (Courtesy of Microsoft and Xbox)

Funko and Microsoft unveil toy-inspired ‘Gears of War’ game

The phone game combines Microsoft’s third-person shooter game with Funko’s pop-culture action figures.

By Rachel Lerman / The Seattle Times

LOS ANGELES — Microsoft has teamed up with Funko, the Everett seller of pop-culture figurines, to create a mobile “Gears of War” game with a toylike twist. “Gears Pop,” as the phone game will be called when it debuts next year, will combine Microsoft’s third-person shooter game with Funko’s pop-culture action figures. The companies gave a sneak peek of the game at gaming convention E3 on Sunday, where Microsoft also revealed a new chapter in its Halo franchise and an expansion of its video game studios. “Gears of War” will also get a fifth installment, “Gears 5,” featuring a new, female protagonist and a PC-only spinoff called “Gears Tactics.” It’s Funko’s first year with a booth at the massive gaming conference that takes place through Thursday in Los Angeles. The toy-maker entered the public markets last year.

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