Sega and Gearbox have been named in a class-action lawsuit in Northern California over Aliens: Colonial Marines. Law firm Edelson LLC is filing the case on behalf of Damion Perrine and deals will the differences between what was shown off of the game in trailers and playable demos and the final product, along with the embargo for the review code of the game which might have informed consumers who pre-ordered the game.
“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,” Edelson’s filing explained. “Unfortunately for their fans, Defendants 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.”
“The gaming community had a strong reaction to the release of Aliens: Colonial Marines,” added Edelson’s Ben Thomassen. “We think the video game industry is no different than any other that deals with consumers: if companies like Sega and Gearbox promise their customers one thing but deliver something else, then they should be held accountable for that decision.”
Sega of Europe has already admitted that the ads for Aliens: Colonial Marines misled.