Documents filed by Gearbox in its defense against a class-action lawsuit over Aliens: Colonial Marines reveal that the publisher lost millions developing the game.
The lawsuit claims Gearbox falsely advertised Aliens: Colonial Marines by showing demos at trade and consumer events that did not accurately represent the final product.
"During the development process, Gearbox supplemented Sega’s development budget with its own money to help Sega finish its game; Gearbox’s contribution to A:CM totaled millions, none of which was ever repaid," the developer has said in documents published by Game Informer.
"Gearbox never received money from Sega’s A:CM purchasers, nor has Gearbox received a single royalty from any such sales by Sega."
Over the course of the game's development, Sega made its contractual milestone payments to Gearbox. Sega was not obliged to make additional payments and royalties as Aliens: Colonial Marines failed to meet its contractual sales targets in the wake of overwhelmingly negative reviews.
"The game’s sales were insufficient to trigger any sales-based payments to Gearbox and, as a result, Gearbox has not received any additional monies from Sega for the sale of the game. Gearbox only received the milestone payments made by Sega during the game’s development," Gearbox said.
In a related curious turn of events, one of the two plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit may be removed as a class representative. Attorneys handling the case became concerned when class representative Damion Perrine became unresponsive to their attempts to contact him. It turns out that Perrine is currently imprisoned in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
His attorney has requested that he be removed from the suit and his claims dismissed.