Gearbox Responds to Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit
Gearbox is asking that it be removed from a class action lawsuit related to Aliens: Colonial Marines.
The lawyers issuing the request on the developer’s behalf have stated that Gearbox should never have been included. The suit, they pointed out, was based on claims of misrepresentation and that it was Sega, not Gearbox, that handled the game’s marketing. Gearbox would go on to say that it didn’t much from the game and that it actually wound up spending its own money to complete it.
“During the development process, Gearbox supplemented Sega’s development budget with its own money to help Sega finish its game; Gearbox’s contributions to [Aliens: Colonial Marines] totaled millions, none of which was ever repaid,” said Gearbox’s Steve Gibson in the filing. “The game’s sales were insufficient to trigger any sales-based payments to Gearbox and, as a result, Gearbox has not received any additional monies from Sega for the sale of the game. Gearbox only received the milestone payments made by Sega during the game’s development.”
Gearbox has additionally requested that the lawsuit’s class status removed. The suit itself was originally filed in May 2013 following the game’s infamous release and its failure live up to previous presentations that led many to claim Gearbox and Sega had lied about its quality.