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  • A class action lawsuit has been filed against SEGA and developer Gearbox regarding Aliens:

  • Colonial Marines.

  • In a lawsuit obtained by Polygon, plaintiff claims "that Gearbox and Sega falsely advertised

  • Aliens by showing demos at trade shows like PAX and E3 which didn't end up being accurate

  • representations of the final product."

  • The demos were advertised as "actual gameplay" at the time, yet portrayed a level of "graphical

  • fidelity, AI behavior, and even entire levels not featured in the game."

  • The suit explains that by having reviews under an embargo that lifted the day of release,

  • consumers did not have time to learn from critics about the difference in quality in

  • the final product compared to early footage.

  • The claim argues: "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 never told anyoneconsumers, industry

  • critics, reviewers, or reportersthat 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 suit also points to this Twitter post from Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, which acknowledges

  • that the difference between the original demo and final game is "understood and fair and

  • we are looking at that. Lots of info to parse, lots of stake holders to respect."

  • Earlier this month, SEGA agreed to add a disclaimer to trailers stating that they are not reflective

  • of the final product. The planned Wii U version of the game was also canceled.

  • We've reached out to SEGA and Gearbox about the suit and will update you with any comment

  • we receive. Until then, stay tuned to IGN.

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