Colonial Marines lawsuit “without merit”, “frivolous” say defendants

Friday, 3rd May 2013 05:32 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Gearbox Software and Sega have both issued dismissive statements regarding a class action lawsuit accusing the two companies of falsely advertising Aliens: Colonial Marines.

“Sega cannot comment on specifics of ongoing litigation, but we are confident that the lawsuit is without merit and we will defend it vigorously,” the publisher told Kotaku.

“Attempting to wring a class action lawsuit out of a demonstration is beyond meritless,” Gearbox chimed in.

“We continue to support the game, and will defend the rights of entertainers to share their works-in-progress without fear of frivolous litigation.”

The suit alleges that developer and publisher committed fraud in bringing an unrepresentative demo to trade shows. The disparities between the demo and the finished product are widely documented.




    Ok so who gets the money if won? Everyone who bought one? Ohh please this is silly. Only thing I see this accomplishing is being a scare tactic for devs not to show something that won’t make it to the end.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Digital Bamboo

    ^Yes, that’s exactly who would get the money. That’s how a class action lawsuit works.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. SplatteredHouse

    Their attitude is not helping matters at all. What has Sega done to address the point that someone they entrusted to manage a task shirked that responsibility and lied to everybody, on their pay? Don’t they care that this happened, and that they put their name to regurgitated carp…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. viralshag

    I hope someone gets sued for this game… it’s just awful.

    To be honest, Gearbox and Sega should be ashamed of themselves for releasing this game and marketing it like it was going to resemble anything like a decent game.

    How it got past QA is beyond me. Surely there’s a point, even internally, where someone has to say “guys, this is in no state to release. We can’t let people play this…”

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Kabby

    QA have no authority over what gets released.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. viralshag

    The whole point of QA is to determine the suitability of a product for its intended purpose. For a game this would be to provide entertainment and a game that actually works. Of course you can completely ignore this and release as is but then you do so at your own risk. Which they clearly did and are now suffering for it.

    It pretty much fails completely in both areas.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Gheritt White

    @6: That’s not how QA works.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. viralshag

    @7, Well then whatever department/process was needed to make sure that this isn’t a big pile of shit on a disc got skipped.

    #8 2 years ago

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