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.
Related Game(s): Aliens: Colonial Marines