Sega and Gearbox are being sued about Damion Perrine over the game Aliens: Colonial Marines. The suit—filed by Edelson LLC—stated that company engaged in false advertising of the finished product. In layman’s terms, Sega and Gearbox put a game that fell short of what was promised in the demo. Truth be told, the game did seem like it was released unfinished with everything being a mess of awful.
The game itself shouldn’t have come off this terrible given that they made some quality titles such as Borderlands and Borderlands 2 which they were working on at the time. One could say that Gearbox Software was stretched as they were working on a popular title at the time, but they did give what they had of the project to TimeGate. Gearbox had roughly five years to work on Aliens: Colonial Marines, but seemed to have nothing for TimeGate to work with. Not only that, but there was roughly nine months before the game was to launch. Overall, this is where the game—that had quite a bit of hope and hype—turned shoddy and came out the same way.
It should be noted that often the finished game will be different from the demo showcased, but this is was just far, far down the scale of poor-to-amazing from what the demo showed of the game. The unfortunate thing here is that it actually made it to store shelves when it should’ve just been scrapped altogether. Games have been cancelled before, after all. The anticipated Star Wars 1313 was cancelled—although for business reasons. Sometimes, it’s just best to shelf a project and try again later or hand the project to a studio that will get the job done and possesses the time to do it.
How do you feel about the lawsuit? If you’ve given Aliens: Colonial Marines a try, what did you feel about the game?