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Gearbox Dropped From Aliens Colonial Marines Lawsuit

We finally have an update on the long-running Aliens Colonial Marines class action lawsuit which was originally filed in April 2013 by two gamers because of the game’s misleading marketing. We last heard in August 2014 that Sega had agreed to pay out $1.25M in the settlement to gamers who either preordered the game or bought it on day one. Sega later blamed developer Gearbox for its marketing but Gearbox denied any wrong doing and filed a motion to dismiss itself from the lawsuit. Polygon is now reporting that a judge has now ruled that this is no longer a class action lawsuit because it’s impossible to tell who was mislead and who wasn’t by Aliens Colonial Marines‘ dodgy marketing.

ACM Gearbox Dropped From Aliens Colonial Marines Lawsuit

The judge also denied Gearbox’s motion to dismiss the case against it, however, the two gamers who originally sued over the false marketing voluntarily dropped Gearbox from the lawsuit. The reasons are unknown but it’s probably because Gearbox were playing hard ball and they lost their class action status. So what does it all mean? Basically, gamers who preordered Colonial Marines or bought it on day one aren’t going to get any refunds now. The two plaintiffs will get a few $$$ if they settle with Sega but Gearbox is now free from any lawsuits over the game.



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  1. jimbob30
    how can gearbox be dropped from the lawsuit they are the ones that messed the game up they ruined it.it was a game I had very high hopes for after avp but gearbox didn't even have a clue what they were doing from the sounds of things didn't they get another dev to work on it because they were busy with borderlands 2 if that is the case why didn't sega take they game back and find a developer that could do the job even rebellion could have done a better job as avp 2010 was miles better the only thing gearbox got right was the sound of the pulse rifle.i will never buy another game from gearbox again it was my first and will be my last
  2. Engineer
    Huh... I had a screw up on mine that sort of worked to my benefit too. I was given 2 different codes for the pre order bonus dlc content. I gave the second code to my brother, who waited and picked up the game for <$5 used.

    I wonder how many other people had similar occurrences...
  3. HuDaFuK
    I believe it was:

    $60 standard edition
    $100 collectors edition
    $30 season pass
    $15 bug hunt pack (w/o season pass)
    $10 reconissance pack (w/o season pass)
    $10 movie pack (w/o season pass)
    $10 stasis interrupted pack (w/o season pass)
    $5 collectors edition DLC bonuses
    $5 pre-order DLC bonuses
    $1 for monster energy drink customization
    $1 sawed off shotgun
    $1 (some other weapon I can't recall, SHARP sticks, maybe??)

    The only thing I can be happy about money-wise with this is that, thanks to Amazon.co.uk screwing up, I got the Collector's Edition for just £30. The little Power Loader statue that came with it is leagues better than anything else in the game.
  4. Jekku
    I'm not going to go overboard with my reaction to this unfortunate news.  However, I will state that Gearbox will never get another cent from me again.  It's rather unfortunate, because there are some talented people who work there.  Maybe if a change of leadership happens, I'll consider but until then... I'm done with Gearbox.
  5. Engineer
    What do you mean before ACM gearbox's only other game was borderlands? They also had duke nukem forever and halo pc. Not exactly original series, but poor quality nonetheless...
  6. Jarac
    It sucks gearbox is getting off the hook for this... But yea, we should have known better! Gearbox has a good track record for IPs and franchises THEY own (borderlands for example), but a terrible track record for any series they do NOT own... Halo pc had mixed reviews and definitely not the best port; and "duke nukem forever" was apparently just as bad as A:CM.

    My lesson learned here is to start paying more attention to the developer and publisher for a game, and put less stock in the initial trailers.
    Only game from Shitbox before A:CM was Borderlands (which I just couldn't get into). Bought A:CM and never bought another title from their lying asses again, even Homeworld: Remastered. Unfortunately, this will now all be swept under the rug. Gamers are too forgiving of a culture. We are less consumers and more overwilling patrons. Anything for the next game. They can implement something that explodes people's comps and they'd have a horde of defenders. All for the next Borederlands.

    f**k Shitbox.
  7. Engineer
    I believe it was:

    $60 standard edition
    $100 collectors edition
    $30 season pass
    $15 bug hunt pack (w/o season pass)
    $10 reconissance pack (w/o season pass)
    $10 movie pack (w/o season pass)
    $10 stasis interrupted pack (w/o season pass)
    $5 collectors edition DLC bonuses
    $5 pre-order DLC bonuses
    $1 for monster energy drink customization
    $1 sawed off shotgun
    $1 (some other weapon I can't recall, SHARP sticks, maybe??)
  8. IIUMFII
    True they did lie hard about single player campaign. Where is the guy with the middle finger?

    Ripley:Hes being cocooned just like all the people who paid 90 bucks for ACM with Season Pass. True fuccery at its finest :P

    I am broke right now was the price really 90? for the game and season pass preorder??!!! Did I really give them sonbish 90 mackaroos?!! I would like that back or at least 80 percent of seeing as Multiplayer is dead. But who knows? was it 90? I dont believe I did that or had it did to me
  9. IIUMFII
    someone must answer for this fucxery. fuxery of the multiplayer and any future of it. They should forced to release code so players can add predators in a FREE DLC release to any players. And the game should be free for an entire year. We are all victims of liars or some lazy @ss devs. Victims who can wait 300 years in hypersleep in the ACM multiplayer lobby and never see a match. WHY? because you fools lied about what the peoples game would REALLY look like on release. If they would have advertise the ugly ass release version in the E3 demos people would have cut that shit off. You would have to PAY US to PRELOAD that bullsh$t :-  :-  :-
  10. Corporal Hicks
    I wonder how big a hit the company will take from this, I guess it's safe to say their credibility as a third party game developer is now destroyed.  I guess this means no company is ever going to them for help?  This would mean their only source of revenue will be their own privately owned franchises, like Borderlands.

    Pretty sure they've done the remake of Homeworld or something like that.
  11. predxeno
    I wonder how big a hit the company will take from this, I guess it's safe to say their credibility as a third party game developer is now destroyed.  I guess this means no company is ever going to them for help?  This would mean their only source of revenue will be their own privately owned franchises, like Borderlands.
  12. Engineer
    Corporal hicks- come to think about it, halo pc and ACM are the only gearbox titles I've ever bought. I'm right there with you though... I'll never pay for another gearbox title again, especially if Randy Pitchford is promoting it rampantly!
  13. Corporal Hicks
    I didn't realistically expect anything to come of this anyway. But it is disappointing to know they got away with the shady practices. I haven't brought a Gearbox game since ACM and I don't intend to either.
  14. Engineer
    It sucks gearbox is getting off the hook for this... But yea, we should have known better! Gearbox has a good track record for IPs and franchises THEY own (borderlands for example), but a terrible track record for any series they do NOT own... Halo pc had mixed reviews and definitely not the best port; and "duke nukem forever" was apparently just as bad as A:CM.

    My lesson learned here is to start paying more attention to the developer and publisher for a game, and put less stock in the initial trailers.
  15. predxeno
    ....... would really like to know how they weaseld there way out of it. A little note to everyone involved in this travisty of a game, your all responsible for this dissaster. Stop pointing fingers at everyone else but yourselves and show some ba**s, and except your part of the responsiblilty.......

    The employees at Gearbox are actually as much a victim as we are, many of the people who worked on the game at "shitbox" were fired or laid off because of the company's work strategy and that's why Gearbox had to bring in 3rd party game developers to fix the title; many of these ex-employees are the ones who helped reveal the truth about this conspiracy to the public.  Ultimately, it's the heads of the company who are at fault and Randy Pitchford is at the top of that food chain.
  16. thecaffeinatedone
    ....... would really like to know how they weaseld there way out of it. A little note to everyone involved in this travisty of a game, your all responsible for this dissaster. Stop pointing fingers at everyone else but yourselves and show some ba**s, and except your part of the responsiblilty.......

    Because Gearbox didn't do anything technically wrong, aside from some shady practices and being slimy/deceptive. I'm not defending them, I think it's really crappy, but some people I know who complained about this same practice went right ahead and bought boarderlands the pre-sequel. They also went on to pre-order some useless content for mediocre games that they could've waited til were on sale.

    If gamers want things to change, then they should stop pre-ordering shit and paying for DLC. Period. The Law is not there to save you from being hoodwinked about the quality of a game. Only you can do that as a consumer. You have no justification for complaining if you buy into the pre-order culture in general. Yeah, dropping that bomb.
  17. Thomas
    ....... would really like to know how they weaseld there way out of it. A little note to everyone involved in this travisty of a game, your all responsible for this dissaster. Stop pointing fingers at everyone else but yourselves and show some ba**s, and except your part of the responsiblilty.......
  18. Chris!(($$))!
    As a fan of anything I never truly felt betrayed until A:CM was revealed to be what it was. And it is even worse when so many of us defended it and promoted it and stuck by it ever since 2006. As much as I liked Borderlands it will be the only other and LAST Gearbox game I've payed for. Keyword pay.
  19. Adam802
    Update on the lawsuit: http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/28/8683827/aliens-colonial-marines-lawsuit-loses-class-status-gearbox-dropped

    It's no longer a class action suit and Gearbox have been dropped from it. Gamers won't be getting any refunds now.

    A true true shame.......

    gbx and pitchfork should be dragged through the mud for what they did to ACM.  F-ing scumbags.  I still never plan on buying a gbx game ever. 
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