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Gearbox Responds to Aliens Colonial Marines Lawsuit

Aliens Colonial Marines Gearbox Responds to Aliens Colonial Marines LawsuitYou may remember the class action lawsuit against Gearbox and Sega that was filed in April 2013 by Roger Damion Perrine and John Locke stating both companies falsely advertised Aliens Colonial Marines at various tradeshows. When the game was released in February 2013, critical reception was extremely negative and the graphics were extremely poor compared to how it looked at tradeshows. There were all sorts of rumours flying about that Gearbox outsourced the game to Timegate Studios, who subsequently filed for bankruptcy in May 2013, and that Gearbox spent the money they received from Sega on developing Borderlands 2.

This week, Gearbox have finally given their side of the story in a motion filed this week to drop the class action lawsuit against them. They state that Sega contracted Gearbox in 2006 to make a game based on Aliens and Sega had approval on “all of the game’s subject matter, content, gameplay mechanics and technical specifications”. With regards to the budget, they have indicated that they actually spent millions of their own money supplementing Sega’s budget and Sega never repaid any of that money back to them. Gearbox stated that the same Unreal game engine was used in demonstrations and the final game. Gearbox goes onto state they never received any bonuses from Sega post-release because Aliens Colonial Marines didn’t sell enough copies.

The motion comes after an agreement was reached between Sega and the plaintiffs at the end of June to settle the lawsuit but Roger Damion Perrine had disappeared. It was revealed that he was in jail in Pennsylvania awaiting trial for three charges including simple assault and terroristic threats. There was a separate filing from Gearbox to have him removed from the class action lawsuit leaving only John Locke.

So what does all this mean? Well, the lawsuit isn’t quite over yet. Basically Gearbox have shifted the blame onto Sega with regards to the lawsuit as they were the publisher and marketer of Aliens Colonial Marines. Gearbox was just the developer. They do paint a very different picture of what they did with game’s budget but they still didn’t explain why they outsourced most of the game to Timegate Studios. We’ve still yet to hear Sega’s version of events though. While the lawsuit is kinda pointless, I do applaud the two guys for standing up for themselves and not letting big companies get away with murder. It always sort of surprised me how Sega haven’t filed their own lawsuit against Gearbox but I guess there is still a lot more to this story left to tell…



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Comments: 33
  1. Jekku
    I'm sure Gearbox will be fine.  Homeworld, the inevitable Borderlands 3, Brothers in Arms and that Borderlands collaboration project with Telltale will probably all bring them success because Pitchford knows what the fans want to hear.  With that being said, they will get none of my money.

    Whether Alien Isolation is successful or not, my dream game is a compilation of ports/HD remakes of previous Alien/Predator games.  Aliens arcade, AVP Arcade, AVP and AVP 2 would definitely be in the compilation.  I know Sega can make it happen.
  2. Xenomorphine
    A lot of people will be buying another game from them, like it or not, if only because they're remaking the original 'Homeworld'.

    Like I've been saying for a long time, if they didn't suffer any kind of meaningful consequences for their 'Duke Nukem' effort - a game which had arguably more hype surrounding it - they're not going to receive any for this, either.
  3. David
    Just fix the game. A game company lives off the back of its product and fans. You turn out a bad product and don't do anything to fix it or make good with your customers?? That's bad business. This is a great franchise and a hardcore fanbase to go with it. I hope one of these days a great game company will pick up this franchise and do amazing things with it!! FIX THE GAME!!!
  4. PsyKore
    There's not much to really elaborate on, Ubisoft's early footage was much more pristine than the final released game, much in the same way A'CM's was. I'm sure someone can post video examples.
  5. Vrastal
    Wouldn't be the first time Gearbox is trying to squirm their way out of the highlights for screwing the pooch. They did it with Duke Nukem as well, saying that it's not their fault, its the license holder's fault.

    If a companies product is doing this badly on numerous different projects there is a single common factor.....

    GEARBOX

    I hope they all feel like pieces of dog $#!7 for all the "were fans of the franchise, fans will love this, this is made for fans"

    Bastards
  6. gabgrave
    Wouldn't be the first time Gearbox is trying to squirm their way out of the highlights for screwing the pooch. They did it with Duke Nukem as well, saying that it's not their fault, its the license holder's fault.
  7. bones
    I HATE SEGA i mean look what happened to ROME II same shit happened there that happened to this game, its all about management, this is not news whether creative assembly works on it, obsidian, gear box, bioware etc.. since sega calls the shots since they have the license.  sega will streamline the product aka strip down games to the bones minimum to save time and money, as long as they can pump out copies to meet quota they dont care, as long as the advertisement is exceptionally good for marketing to alure buyers...either that they will give you the bones minimum almost a beta at launch and sell the game or patches to you in pieces and you have to pay extra for each piece, why? GIVE ME MONEY SUCKERS. i was a sucker with avp 010 for segas first game of the franchise, never again will i buy as long as the franchise is held by SEGA IMO  >:(
  8. Badmothafcka312
    Looks like GBX is playing the system pretty hard with this one and passing the buck wherever they can...and I'm not surprised.  At least SEGA is willing to settle but GBX doesn't want to pay for cheating the consumer out of a sub-par, under-developed product.

    Good news is that there is a chance of justice yet for those that paid full price for what should've been a bargain title. 

    The better news is that I'd imagine that SEGA is now micro-managing their quality control for Isolation...which makes me have more hope for that title.

    Alien Isolation will be this franchise's last chance to shine IMO. I will wait for the reviews to come out and if it's any good, I'll buy it. I refuse to pre-order anything anymore. I learned the hard way with A:CM and Battlefield 4...
  9. ryan eaglesfield
    my brother pointedly doesn't talk about this game with me due to the 6 years of anticipation and the following 12 months of complaining on my part. But he raised an excellent point , if gearbox was pixxed it didn't get paid for making this crappy game but took all the proceeds then no matter who made the game they are now legally involved for taking the money. I think they want out before Sega gets to see financial records of HOW its money was spent.
  10. PsyKore
    Funny thing is, no one would have cared if the game turned out great regardless of the pre-release marketing; I think that's the real sore point. It's more that we are hardcore fans and we wanted the best but we got our feelings hurt, but you can't say that in court unfortunately. So it's easy to bring up the false advertising issue instead. Gearbox are without doubt a bunch of sly c***ts, but unfortunately every company does this sort of false marketing thing constantly.
  11. SM
    And because of this "obligation", how many people have vowed never to buy a Gearbox game again? I was curious about Boardeands for the longest time. but, because of their constant lies and disregard for customer satisfaction and opinion, I will never buy it. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels thisnway. I'll be damned if I ever buy any of Gearbox's future titles either.

    I've seen a lot of people say they're never going to buy another Gearbox game.

    Whether they actually do or not is another matter, but it has definitely generated a lot of ill feeling that isn't aimed at Sega.
  12. Vrastal
    And because of this "obligation", how many people have vowed never to buy a Gearbox game again? I was curious about Boardeands for the longest time. but, because of their constant lies and disregard for customer satisfaction and opinion, I will never buy it. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels thisnway. I'll be damned if I ever buy any of Gearbox's future titles either.

    This was the first and last game from gearbox i bought
  13. dudes
    look at aliens crucible it gave a different style of gameplay, even though the alien AI needed improvement and so did the weapons, if handled right it could of been epic but the developers these days well ya know.....
  14. Ash 937
    Looks like GBX is playing the system pretty hard with this one and passing the buck wherever they can...and I'm not surprised.  At least SEGA is willing to settle but GBX doesn't want to pay for cheating the consumer out of a sub-par, under-developed product.

    Good news is that there is a chance of justice yet for those that paid full price for what should've been a bargain title. 

    The better news is that I'd imagine that SEGA is now micro-managing their quality control for Isolation...which makes me have more hope for that title.
  15. DUDES
    sega sucks they need to give up the rights and let a independent small gaming studios take over, these big companies have so much bureaucratic bullshit that the games get f**ked up in development, also the plots are horrible and unoriginal
  16. Jango1201
    And because of this "obligation", how many people have vowed never to buy a Gearbox game again? I was curious about Boardeands for the longest time. but, because of their constant lies and disregard for customer satisfaction and opinion, I will never buy it. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels thisnway. I'll be damned if I ever buy any of Gearbox's future titles either.
  17. For the Hive!

    Just fix the game. A game company lives off the back of its product and fans. You turn out a bad product and don't do anything to fix it or make good with your customers?? That's bad business. This is a great franchise and a hardcore fanbase to go with it. I hope one of these days a great game company will pick up this franchise and do amazing things with it!! FIX THE GAME!!!
  18. acrediblesource
    Who the f### are these two jackasses (Roger Damion Perrine and John Locke)?
    Like I know the people of the world complained about it being too bright and the global illumination was like the demo but a lawsuit like this is either a joke or a complete fabricated pile of rubbish.
  19. felipescado
    but, with all the subsequent updates wasnt supposed the game to be how it was supposed to?
    then whats the point of the lawsuit?
    bad or good, the game have been archived in the bad-at-launch games and nobody remembers it even exists
  20. ikarop
    Not surprised that the powers that be still take no responsibility for anything. I still remember in 2011 when we contacted GBX about what we had heard about a great part of the game being outsourced to another studio and how their marketing team debunked it, went onto to say that the GBX team working on materials for the infamous E3 2011 demo would be very offended by such a claim. I guess they'll keep pointing fingers until the case is dismissed...
  21. Thomas
    ..........amazing that a bunch of supposed grownups (everyone involved in developing and releasing this game) have been so busy pointing the finger of blame at each other instead of actually trying to "fix" it....... ???
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