Being one of the only people on here to STILL play Gears 3 a lot (shame on you heathens) I can confirm KOTH is up and running as of yesterday, and indeed every day I play. This is social playlist, but at the right time of the day we usually end up with mostly players and not horrid bots!
This has been happening on a regular basis for years now, but it hasn’t been down for this long since summer 2020. Everything is reset to a pre-patch state, including weapon placement, tuning and low XP. And fair warning, playing the game while it’s in this state greatly increases the risk of getting reset.
I don’t know who’s even responsible for the old servers. TC have repeatedly said they can’t do anything with the servers for legacy titles, and MS support just tell you to contact the devs.
On 14th December, Epic announced they will be turning off servers for some of their old games. Although gears isn’t listed, I suspect they have turned off the gears ones too. Even if it is a mistake, I can’t see them coming back.