After the horrid debacle that was Aliens: Colonial Marines , there has been an awful lot of finger-pointing going on.

And according to an inside source talking to Destructoid , it seems Gearbox was continually putting the ill-fated game on the back burner. Sega accused the developer of doing this shortly after the negative reviews had piled up.

The developer in question worked on Aliens between 2007 and 2008 and said that Gearbox routinely sidelined the project for "more important projects." Said the source:

"Gearbox was taking people off the project to put them on Borderlands 1. This was before the big art style change happened on Borderlands. Our team was getting smaller by the month, making it very difficult to get the game made. Ironically several of the team members were ex-3D Realms people who were saying [paraphrasing] 'Finally, we're going to Gearbox to make Aliens, and we're going to ship a fu**ing game!' Hah."

It also seems that at one point, Sega canceled the game. They apparently caught Gearbox shifting resources around and "lying to Sega and 2K about the number of people working on each project." That led to layoffs at Gearbox in late 2008, by the way. The developer also said Gearbox didn't expect the game to ship in February, given the fact that its current state was…well, deplorable.

Whatever. The whole thing is a mess. I say we let it go.

Thanks, BikerSaint!

Related Game(s): Aliens: Colonial Marines

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Norrin Radd
Norrin Radd
8 years ago

Yup. Let it Rest In Peace. No good can come from the blame game. Move on.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
8 years ago

Honestly, I dont care one way or the other. I dont think any one developer/publisher is to blame because there is so much involved. Really the game just shouldn't have been released yet. Obviously Gearbox thought the same based on the last few sentences of the article.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
8 years ago

Thanks for the shout-out Ben.

I think there's probably enough blame to go around between all of the different developers,

And yes, even Sega too, since they allowed the fiasco to continue on & on, even after they had already caught Gearbox once doing those very same switch & bait tactics with B1.

Oxvial
Oxvial
8 years ago

Awful, Aliens franchise deserve better.

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

Oh well, exery movie/tv/cartoon franchise does, except for Batman.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

It's the curse of the licensed material. Gearbox needs to shape up, they are getting a bipolar reputation. I almost want to play this game to see how bad it is.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
8 years ago

I think Gearbox just needs to focus on their own original ip's. They obviously took on to much especially with how expansive Borderlands 1 and 2 were.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
8 years ago

I recommend you do. For me, it's an easy 7.0. Controls are tight and more importantly, the Aliens universe is a well represented.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
8 years ago

Max-

I havnt played the game but I think thats important for Alien fans. I actually heard they used the blueprints for the ship from the movies to design around. If anything that it does what you say it does for the Alien universe being represented well.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

You hear my Gearbox!! No messing up Duke Nukem Redux in favor of Borderlands 3!!!

ethird1
ethird1
8 years ago

They are, supposedly, outsourcing the 4rth DLC expansion for Borderlands 2.

Norrin Radd
Norrin Radd
8 years ago

@ ethird1

Source = ?????

___________
___________
8 years ago

and exactly why i refuse to buy any sega/ gearbox games anymore.
its clear both parties care so little about the franchises they work on to do this to them!
both shouldent of let it out in the state it is, fact though is they did!
what makes things worse though is they KNOW its sh*t, yet they praise it up as the second coming.
to sh*t on something someone loves is insult enough, but then to turn around and say oh thats not sh*t its just chocolate left out in the sun is going WAY over the line!
no problems guys, if this is how you treat your customers, ie sh*tting on them than denying it, than ill take my money where it IS appreciated!

ryu
ryu
8 years ago

f* sega, they should just go back to making toasters and stop embarrassing themselves

thanks for sonic & knuckles but that was it man

ulsterscot
ulsterscot
8 years ago

is this why randy turned down doing a then COD?

Gearbox seem to be very hit and miss – enjoyed borderlands a lot – but DNF was poor – and i won't be touching this one

xenris
xenris
8 years ago

Its a shame the alpha demos shown at gaming events looked so much better than the final game turned out.

Some of the E3 footage looked amazing, but clearly a different game was launched.