Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Sega and Gearbox Over Aliens Colonial Marines

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That’s right: angry gamers have filed a class-action lawsuit against Sega and Gearbox Software over Aliens: Colonial Marines because it sucks. More specifically, the claim alleges that because the 2012 demos shown at trade shows are significantly different from the final product, the game-makers misled consumers about what they’d be getting. And while I tend to feel like class-action suits filed against video game companies for this reason or that are a bit on the frivolous side, this time around there seems to be a pretty legitimate beef behind the suit.

The news comes by way of a post on Polygon from yesterday, which reports that the suit’s been filed in California. It reads:

“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. Unfortunately for their fans, Defendants [Sega and Gearbox] 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.”

This isn’t the first time that the game’s non-representative demos have caused trouble for the final product. In the UK, Sega was forced to add a disclaimer to its advertising that acknowledges that its demo footage isn’t actually what you’ll get—which is pretty bad from a PR perspective.

All in all, it’s probably just as likely that the suit will get chucked out of court as it is that it’ll continue. From where I’m sitting, the plaintiffs have a pretty decent claim against the game’s makers, considering how clearly the demo footage deviates from the final product. We’ll keep the blog posted with any updates on this suit if and when it moves forward.

[Via Polygon]

  1. This suit is the reason why people need to stop pre-ordering games. There is no reason to shell out 60 dollars for a game that may or may not be really good just for a gun skin. I no longer pre-order unless its a collectors edition of a game I “Know” will be good. If all the people who were super upset about this game wouldn’t have pre-ordered and waited for a review then gearbox would have made no money and no would have to sue anyone.

  2. Don’t buy games on launch day.
    Caveat Emptor

  3. So… only pre-order games you KNOW will be good…before anyone’s played them; and don’t buy games on launch day because they MIGHT be bad.

    This is how the West was won…?

    OT: I didn’t pre-order, and the copy I got still had the multi-bling crap. If I hadn’t used it I would’ve got all my money back when I traded it 5 days later. Considering if was $30 cheaper than usual down here (shoulda set off alarms) but hey shit happens.

    It’s unfortunate that some of the best sci-fi franchises have had some really fing appalling games entries over the last few years, not to mention the latest films.

  4. Looks like this game sucking wasn’t an…


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