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Last week, a supposed Gearbox developer responded to fan backlash regarding the poorly received Aliens: Colonial Marines. That alleged dev claimed via Reddit that Gearbox shifted focus to the successful Borderlands, stunting Aliens: Colonial Marines’ development in the process. Today, a new mystery source’s testimony echoes previous reports, while adding new insight to the game’s messy creation.
Destructoid’s anonymous source, who claims to have worked on the game between 2007 and 2008, says Gearbox pulled team members off Aliens: Colonial Marines to have them work on the first Borderlands. He or she also says Sega nearly canceled development on Aliens: Colonial Marines sometime in 2008 after catching onto Gearbox’s supposed misappropriation of studio resources. The source also says Gearbox continued collecting payment for work on Aliens: Colonial Marines and lied about the number of team members working on the game.
We’ve reached out to Sega and Gearbox for comment on the anonymous sources. Sega says the company “…won’t be commenting on this topic at the moment.” We've also contacted the Destructoid editor to clarify whether this is a different developer than the one from the aforementioned Reddit post. Keep in mind this is all hearsay from one side of the story at this point. We’ll keep you updated as more develops.