The game didn’t “outsell”. What the game did was have “over 3 million players on launch week”. Which was fueled 100% by the massive push of game pass that gave people access to Gears 5 for 1 dollar.
That’s 1. Dollar.
No outselling. It was a publicity stunt.
As far as all the content they’re releasing… most of it is either touched up skins from Gears 4 resold to you, or held off content from the campaign. Let’s also not ignore the fact that the game launched so bare bones it’s absolutely pathetic. They’ve been working on coding TU’s and adding more Gears 4 maps. Not characters. Not skins. That ■■■■ has all been done for a LONG time. It’s just slowly drip fed to you to give you the illusion that 1, it’s a “live service game”. And 2, that they’re “working on content”. Looks like you bought into that hard and deep.
And finally, the spin off you speak of, Gears: Tactics, as well as Gears PoP, were in development LONG before Gears 5 even launched. That doesn’t mean anything. It means Microsoft sank an assload of money into this franchise and wants a hefty ROI. That’s it. Also, Microsoft owns the Gears franchise. And TC is a first party studio. Why would Microsoft pull money from a franchise it owns, and a studio it owns, when it’s neck deep and needs that money back? That doesn’t make any sense. When’s the last time you saw Apple release an iPhone and then just trash it because they can? That’s stupid. Microsoft is going to dig every dollar they can out of it to get their money back. Period. Not throw it away.
Have you ever watched a single dev stream? Seriously… just 1? Even THEY admit the game is in a piss poor state and needs a LOT of work. Most of their player base that’s left is in Mexico. ALL of their tournaments and sources have been funneled into that because those 30 people are the only ones playing this horrible game on a regular basis.
That’s cool if you don’t think the game is trash. Unfortunately for you, 99% of everyone else that’s played it, as well as the developers according to their own streams, disagree with you.
But that’s cool man. You do you. If you enjoy shooting people with pings 50x higher than you and watching them absorb it and turn around and 1 shot you, cool man. Good for you. But your anecdotal opinion doesn’t negate the MASSIVE drop in player count and engagement. Your anecdotal opinion doesn’t fix anything. And your anecdotal opinion is based entirely on subjective experiences, and not objective facts.
Long story short… you’re wrong. And not because I think you are or say you are. You’re wrong because every data point that exists for this game proves you wrong. Period.
Also, as far as Microsoft ditching the franchise… they paid for it. They purchased it. It’s not like EA with Dead Space where they just shelf it indefinitely. Visceral was an internal studio. EA owned Visceral and the rights to Dead Space. Throwing it on the shelf costs them nothing. They lose nothing. Microsoft on the other hand can’t just toss Gears away like that. They paid way too much money to do that. They need that money back in spades.