Many people remember at last year’s E3, when we were presented with the Aliens: Colonial Marines demo. As with just about anything at E3, the demo impressed a lot of people and created extremely high expectations. People were hyped because this would be the first true Aliens game, and the first true survival horror game for game consoles since the first Dead Space.
But when the game was actually released what we got was a buggy mess, with terrible enemy AI and inferior graphics and lighting compared to the E3 demo. Ever since the game’s launch, Sega and Gearbox have been trying to pin the blame onto the other and not own up to their own mistakes. Now both companies are in the crosshairs, however, as a lawsuit has been filed against them for false advertisement. The lawsuit, filed by the law firm Edelson LLC, states:
“Each of the ‘actual gameplay’ demonstrations purported to show consumers exactly what they would be buying: a cutting edge video game with very specific features and qualities,” the claim reads. “Unfortunately for their fans, Defendants never told anyone — consumers, industry critics, reviewers, or reporters — that their ‘actual gameplay’ demonstration advertising campaign bore little resemblance to the retail product that would eventually be sold to a large community of unwitting purchasers.”
When the game was launched February 12, 2013, many who preordered the game or bought their copy within the initial launch week felt cheated that Gearbox would release an inferior game. And apparently the plaintiff Damion Perrine felt the same as everyone else who bought the game. Polygon.com reached out to Edelson, who had this to say on the matter:
“The gaming community had a strong reaction to the release of Aliens: Colonial Marines,” Edelson LLC’s Ben Thomassen told Polygon. “We think the video game industry is no different than any other that deals with consumers: if companies like Sega and Gearbox promise their customers one thing but deliver something else, then they should be held accountable for that decision.”
For those not familiar with this mess, I think Jim of the Jimquisition show did a great piece on this very game and what was wrong with it. In this episode Jim dissects the demo scene-by-scene to expose all of the lies that were told.
And thank GOD for Jim.