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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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The beginning of the end of video game previews.
"I don't know what species is worse.....You don't see them f**king each other over for a *** percentage"- Ellen Ripley
Every gamer who was actually expecting something good from a game that was passed around from one developer to another for five years is absolutely out to lunch, especially since it ultimately landed in Gearbox's hands.... They're the guys who were also handed Duke Nukem....
THE GAME SUCKS. They made everything look good, and the actuall product is not polished, what we thought were cut scenes or wasnt good was *** being worked on but all we got was a piece of crap with a shiny ass trailer. the game is clunky about everything. everything LOOKS great, but everyone and things moves like ps2 characters.
I don't agree with the lawsuit, but I agree that the game's pre-release stuff was misleading.
Down with Gearbox! Long live Sega!
I can't disagree since it was a wip but still if they showed something better its still kinda false advertisement
I don't get it. I like both the gameplay and the graphics. I think the lawsuit is silly.