It’s pretty rare that a game is so crappy and so disappointing that its makers end up in court. But that’s the case for game developer Gearbox Software, whose Aliens: Colonial Marines angered gamers with its appallingly awful action earlier this year.
As you may or may not know, Aliens: Colonial Marines was in development for a very long time. First unveiled more than five years ago, the game was hotly-anticipated when it launched in February, 2013.
Helping to drive up excitement for the game were videos from developer Gearbox Software, which showed some rather fantastic, suspense-filled gameplay moments.
Unfortunately, the final product didn’t actually include many of those previewed scenarios. That’s why Gearbox Software and the game’s publisher, Sega, are facing a class-action lawsuit that claims the game’s makers failed to deliver on their promises.
Gearbox has responded by insisting the suit is “beyond meritless.” The company also says that it continues to support the game “and will defend the rights of entertainers to share their works-in-progress without fear of frivolous litigation.”
Sega isn’t offering the same kind of inflammatory rhetoric, however. A spokesperson for that firm said only that “Sega cannot comment on specifics of ongoing litigation, but we are confident that the lawsuit is without merit and we will defend it vigorously.”
At the moment, Aliens: Colonial Marines (PC version) has a Metacritic score of just 44 out of 100. Its user score is even lower, at 3.2 out of 10. The game has won just a single positive review out of 39 total professional reviews.