The lights are on
This saga of Aliens: Colonial Marines is not yet over. When it was released earlier this year, the title met a firing squad of critics and consumers. The biggest frustrations though, were focused on the stark discrepancies between footage shown at trade shows and conventions and a final considered inferior by most accounts.
Earlier this week, we shared with you the news of a class action lawsuit focused on the advertising and promotional practiced used. Now, Sega and Gearbox have both responded to requests for comment.
Sega told Game Informer that it, "cannot comment on specifics of ongoing litigation, but we are confident that the lawsuit is without merit and we will defend it vigorously.” Gearbox's response is a more aggressive version of the same sentiment.
"Attempting to wring a class action lawsuit out of a demonstration is beyond meritless. We continue to support the game, and will defend the rights of entertainers to share their works-in-progress without fear of frivolous litigation."
This litigation follows a complaint filed with the UK's Advertising Standards Agency, which resulted in a slap on the wrist and a disclaimer in the note section of the pre-release YouTube videos for the title on Sega Europe's official channel. Whether you agree with the suit or disagree (as our own Matt Helgeson opined this week), if the details of the troubled development are exposed, it will at least be an enlightening exercise.
We've heard from a number of anonymous developers related to the project that the trouble visible on the surface was only a small fraction of the turmoil. Perhaps if this does reach trial, the truth will finally out.
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Yeah and there's another C.O.D game this year. What else is news? Who isn't suing who these days then? I guess if they don't like something, they sue now?
i think the worst thing they did was not allow the review to come out until after the games release. if im not sure about a game, i like to see the review to know if its worth it. but it seems like they tried to hide the fact that the game took a 180 turn in the other direction.
SEGAs' response is pretty par for the course for this sorta thing, but what is interesting is Gearboxes' response: for a company which has shown no level of accountability or regret for what it had done during this entire debacle, the rank vitriol the company continues to spew is both hilarious in the sheer splendor of such audacious stupidity, and sobering to realize that this is how the videogames industry actually views itself:
Above reproach and above the law.
I'm no legal expert, so the lawsuit's specific workings are beyond me, but I do know is that I don't think it's gonna succeed. A bad game, no matter how much hype it produced, won't ever warrant much legal action. Life's filled with bad games, and it's not like we can sue Activision or EA for that now can we?
Whiny little brats. You bought a crap game, admit it and move on. No need to throw a tantrum over it.
its beef lol
As they said: "A:CM will kick ass!"
And they were right. They sure kiccked my ass!
I hope that Gearbox and Sega don't have a lot of trouble with this. Something like this just seems like way too much to me, I don't care if it may be considered false advertising or not. In fact, the very idea of this whole case makes me lose even more faith in humanity...
I think they deserve it. Almost bought the game, sure glad I didn't! What a waste. I hope they get hit hard. What a disappointment. It's sad but true. Sorry if I sound insensitive.
Gearbox themselves make some awesome games, look at the Borderlands titles. Sega used to make awesome games and can still pump out triple A titles every now and then. Every company has a lemon now and then, I just hope that this lawsuit (if it does go through) doesn't end in any more lay offs or bankruptcy filings, the gaming business can't stand much more. I don't want to see another crash like in the 80's.