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Sega to Settle for $1.25 Million in Aliens: Colonial Marines Suit

by Eric Frederiksen | August 14, 2014August 14, 2014 9:30 pm PST


Remember Aliens: Colonial Marines? I sure do. Developer Gearbox Software and publisher Sega aren’t being allowed to forget it, either, though it looks like Sega might get the chance soon. There is, of course, the impending release of Alien: Isolation, but more presently is word that Sega is looking to settle in an ongoing suit that followed the disappointing game’s release.

According to Polygon, Sega will pay out $1.25 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging that the Sega and Gearbox intentionally used faked demos of the game at trade shows to falsely advertise the product.

If the request is approved, Sega will be released from “all claims related to Aliens: Colonial Marines, including claims relating to design, marketing, operation of, or warranties provided in connection with the game.” Of the $1.25 million paid out, about $750,000 will be available for buyers of the game to claim, while the other chunk goes to administrative and legal fees.

Gearbox, however, continues to fight. While Sega admits no guilt in its settlement, citing the cost of settling as lower than that of continuing to fight, Gearbox lawyers have filed requests to be dropped from the suit. The developer states that it is a contractor and not in a selling position, despite the fact that much of the game’s pre-release PR came directly from demos hosted by Gearbox co-founder Randy Pitchford.

For the full text of the original lawsuit, check out Polygon‘s story linked below.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...