The lights are on
The fallout from Sega and Gearbox's disappointing Aliens
game has been ugly. Now, a class action lawsuit alleges that the companies
engaged in false advertising when marketing and promoting the game.
The gaming website Polygon broke the news that a suit had
been filed in a Northern District of California court. According to the Polygon
report, it was filed by "Edelson LLC on behalf of plaintiff Damion Perrine."
The story says that the suit "[cites] a number of
California civil and business codes, [and] claims that
Gearbox and Sega falsely advertised Aliens by showing demos at trade
shows like PAX and E3 which didn't end up being accurate representations of the
The suit claims that demos shown to the press at various
events were not indicative of the game's actual gameplay. For more check out
the original Polygon article.
Previously, there had been some controversy as to whether or
not Gearbox misappropriated resources and money from Sega intended to be used
on Aliens: Colonial Marines for other projects that were being developed within
Gearbox at the time. The game was largely panned by critics, including Game Informer.
We'll report more on this story as it develops.
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Is it too late to sue Blizz for D3?
I had a feeling this would happen
Pretty sure the 5 copies that sold clued them in to how much they lost on the game.
Nothing will come of this, but the suit is more symbolic than anything. There have been instances of games looking nothing like their early demos, and the videos typically indicate that the case could be such, but this one feels like a particularly deceptive example. I dunno. No way to tell.
If it's Cali and someone is slightly cranky about a thing then a lawsuit is going to happen.
I didn't play the demo for A:CM, but don't most demos say something along the lines of "demo not indicative of the final product" to stop things like this from happening?