The widespread dissatisfaction with Gearbox Software’s Aliens: Colonial Marines has officially turned into a lawsuit. California firm Edelson LLC filed suit against Sega and Gearbox yesterday on behalf of plaintiff Damion Perrine, Polygon reports. The court documents allege that the two companies falsely advertised the game in demos and trailers that were not representative of the final product.
Perrine is seeking damages for anyone who pre-ordered Colonial Marines or purchased it on day one. The lawsuit claims that Sega’s embargo on professional reviews required that write-ups be withheld until the morning of the game’s release. The suit then goes on to state that consumers therefore had no way to know of any issues before the game was available for purchase.
“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,” the firm representing Perrine told Polygon in a statement.
Now it just remains to be seen whether or not the courts agree. We’ve reached out to Gearbox and Sega for comment and will update this post accordingly when we hear back.