Aliens suit is “frivolous” and “without merit”

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As we told you yesterday, SEGA and Gearbox are set to find themselves in court over a class-action suit that claims they misrepresented the game, and ended up delivering a product that was substantially worse than the one advertised. This isn’t a bold claim; it’s plain and simple fact. Still, the defendants claim the suit is “frivolous.”

“Sega cannot comment on specifics of ongoing litigation, but we are confident that the lawsuit is without merit and we will defend it vigorously,” the publisher told Kotaku.

Gearbox also believes the suit to be of little worth.

“Attempting to wring a class action lawsuit out of a demonstration is beyond meritless.” says Gearbox “We continue to support the game, and will defend the rights of entertainers to share their works-in-progress without fear of frivolous litigation.”

As much as I hated Aliens: Colonial Marines (and believe me, I did), I’m inclined to side with the defendants on this one. Yes, the game that we got was a poor imitation of the “gameplay” that was shown off, but such is the way of videogames. If Gearbox can be sued for it, why not take irrational Games to court? The early Bioshock Infinite videos are quite a bit different to the final game – as are countless other “work in progress” titles.

Tell you what though; after Duke Nukem forever and Aliens, I’ll be wary of just about any game that happens to have the Gearbox Logo on the front. Unless, of course, that game’s called “Borderlands 3”

Last Updated: May 3, 2013

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