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Sega and Gearbox Respond to Lawsuit

Brendan Griffiths
Aliens: Colonial Marines, Bioshock Infinite, Gearbox Software, lawsuit, Sega

Sega and Gearbox Respond to Lawsuit

Earlier this week we reported that a class action lawsuit had been filed against Sega and Gearbox software on the grounds of false advertising for Aliens: Colonial Marines. As we all found out on launch day, Sega released a game that bore little resemblance to the one displayed during numerous trade shows like E3. Animations, lighting and scenes were obviously spruced up for a stage demo before being returned to the ugly mess for the actual game committed to disc. Review embargoes also meant there was no time to warn faithful fans who pre-ordered the game.

Well, both Sega and Gearbox have given statement via IGN. Gearbox seem bullish straight out of the blocks, "Attempting to wring a class action lawsuit out of a demonstration is beyond meritless. We continue to support the game, and will defend the rights of entertainers to share their works-in-progress without fear of frivolous litigation."

While Sega made a similar statement, it was slightly more reserved, "Sega cannot comment on specifics of ongoing litigation, but we are confident that the lawsuit is without merit and we will defend it vigorously."

Admittedly, this is a long shot to say the least, but if the lawsuit is successful, we're likely to see much less bullshots and concept videos from developers, which can only be a good thing.

It's interesting that nobody's really mentioned a similar issue with Irrational and Bioshock Infinite. It was a great game, but -MINOR SPOILER- so many scenes and gameplay elements shown at E3 et al, saving postman, opening tear near horse, bringing cargo containers through tear, how you acquire the Murder of Crows vigor and more scenes are nowhere to be seen in the final game. We have a strong feeling some of them will turn up as DLC, but that's not the point. We were led to believe they would be in the game on the shelves.

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poopdeckmcgee  May. 5, 2013 at 12:16

I don't understand the big deal.. Developers don't say "we promise to give you this" when you go to E3 or see demos of the game. They have every right to change the games story or content how they see fit.

Sure, it was a **** game, but it's not gonna pass through an law suit. The people filing this law suit are retarded.

Late  May. 5, 2013 at 17:14

If you won the lottery and went to a Lamborghini showroom, had a look at the cars, took one for a test drive, and paid to buy one - then were given the keys to a Fiat 500 would you be happy?

Tsung  May. 7, 2013 at 09:32

Why not EA over Sim City?, how far can marketing lie before it becomes a criminal offence?. Far as I can see you can pretty much SAY anything you like about a product and sell something else maybe slightly similar with impunity*

*Unless it's bomb detecting equipment and the item your actually selling is a golf ball finder. That chap went to jail for 10 years, but still managed to achieve £65m before someone went "wait a second".

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