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Platform Win, 360, PS3 Publisher Sega Developer Gearbox Software Release Date 2013-02-12

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Aliens: Colonial Marines review: the worse species

If you're not more than casually familiar with Aliens, Colonial Marines is never going to make much sense Set around four months after the end of Aliens and Alien 3, Aliens: Colonial Marines opens on a shot of the troop transport spacecraft USS Sulaco. A new platoon of "ultimate badasses" aboard the USS Sephora is responding to the distress call sent out by an ill-fated rescue expedition to the Hadley's Hope colony on the moon Acheron — also known as LV-426. When the Sephora and her crew investigate, a conspiracy unravels and destroys both ships. The crew crash lands on the ruined surface of LV-426 still somehow teeming with xenomorphs, and the only way off is through the mercenary forces of the conglomerate Weyland-Yutani. If none of that makes much sense, you're likely not more...

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Sega to tentatively pay out $1.25M in Aliens suit while Gearbox fights on

If approved, the settlement will clear Sega of America of any further litigation, but not Gearbox Software, which recently filed a request to have claims against it dropped. In the motion for preliminary approval of class action settlement agreement, filed with the Northern District of California court on Monday, attorneys for plaintiff John Locke said they expect to request the court to grant approval of the suit on Sept. 17. If approved by the court, Sega will pay $1.25 million into a settlement fund. Of that fund, $312,500 will be used to cover attorney fees for the plaintiffs, $200,000 will be used to cover the cost of adminstration, $2,500 will go to the plaintiff and the rest will be used to pay to those eligible customers who purchased the game. Payments to customers who fill...

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Gearbox fights back in Aliens suit, says it paid millions of its own cash to finish game

In the motion for partial summary judgement, filed with the Northern District of California court on Wednesday, attorneys for the developer argue that Gearbox shouldn't be included in the suit because it was a contractor and that Sega had final say on the game and its marketing. The filing also noted that Gearbox sunk millions of its own money into Aliens to finish the game. "Gearbox never belonged in this lawsuit," according to the motion. "Gearbox is a video game software developer.  It was neither the publisher nor seller of the video game at issue. For more than a year, Gearbox has quietly abided the plaintiffs' claims so that Sega, the game's publisher and the party responsible for the game's marketing and sale, could assume the defense of this lawsuit. Gearbox has honored its...

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Aliens: Colonial Marines 'seemed kind of passionless,' actor says

Gearbox Software's highly criticized first-person shooter, Aliens: Colonial Marines, struck Corporal Hicks actor Michael Biehn as "kind of passionless," according to an interview with Game Informer. Speaking with the publication, the actor compared his recent role in Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon as Sergeant Rex Colt to his reprisal of Corporal Hicks in Colonial Marines. Biehn described working with Blood Dragon creative director Dean Evans as a positive experience, thanks to Evans' "interesting and creative presence" and passion. During Colonial Marines, however, Biehn "didn't really have any fun." "It seemed kind of passionless," Biehn said. "I think in movies, television and the gaming world, you get some people that are really, really passionate, and some people that are just going...

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Gearbox candidly shares story of Homeworld's acquisition

Gearbox Software, the developers of the Borderlands series and Aliens: Colonial Marines, shared the drive behind wanting Relic Entertainment's real-time strategy Homeworld IP and the tight bidding process involved to snatch it away from two publishers "One of the brands in the THQ stable that they didn't really do anything with, for as long as they had it, was a brand called Homeworld," Randy Pitchford told the audience at the PAX Australia Gearbox panel. "And when THQ started to evaporate, Brian [Martel] kept coming to my office everyday and saying, 'Hey Randy, you got to get Homeworld.' So we became part of that process bidding on the brand." Following the approved sale of publisher THQ's games and studios for $72 million in January, Gearbox acquired the Homeworld IP for $1.35...

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Aliens: Colonial Marines DLC out today, resolves Hicks' fate

Aliens: Colonial Marines has received an expansion to its single player campaign in the form of a new DLC pack titled Stasis Interrupted, available today on Xbox Live Marketplace for Xbox 360. The add-on completes the story of Hicks, a central figure in Colonial Marines who, in the films, appeared to have perished during the events bridging Aliens and Alien 3. Players control three different characters who are revived from stasis aboard the Legato, where they must survive an alien onslaught as they discover why they've been marooned in deep space. "Waking up unexpectedly from hypersleep, Lisbeth and others must figure out why the spaceship they are on, the Legato, has been diverted to intercept the Sulaco leaving LV-426's orbit," the listing reads. "Fight your way through the alien...

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Aliens: Colonial Marines getting new campaign DLC

The controversial Gearbox developed shooter Aliens: Colonial marines is getting a new downloadable campaign called Stasis Interrupted, according to a recently leaked list of PlayStation Trophies available via PS3Trophies. This is the first downloadable content available to the game that expands its single-player mode, and the final piece of DLC made available through the Colonial Marines Season Pass. While the title has yet to be official announced, leaked Trophies suggest that players will be rewarded largely for story progression. We have reached out to Sega for comment and will update when further information is made available. Aliens: Colonial Marines received a 3 out of 10 review from Polygon when it launched in February. "Aliens: Colonial Marines plays like a budget title from...

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Speed Run: Shadow of the Eternals, Gearbox, Assassin's Creed 4, Harvey Smith, Ricardo Bare

Silicon Knights' survival horror title Eternal Darkness will have a spiritual successor, Shadow of the Eternals, with details and a crowdfunding campaign set to launch Monday. However, an internet cache for a Shadow of the Ancients crowdfunding campaign might shed more light on the project. Gearbox says the lawsuit against it and publisher Sega for falsely advertising Aliens: Colonial Marines is a "frivolous litigation." Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag lead scriptwriter Darby McDevitt tells us the game's story will be one of "immorality and repentance," and Arkane Studios' Ricardo Bare and Harvey Smith speak about their new fiction novels. Eternal Darkness spiritual sucessor teased, reveal and crowdfunding campaign launch May 6 Eternal Darkness spiritual successor will be episodic,...

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Aliens: Colonial Marines false advertising lawsuit is 'frivolous,' says Gearbox

Developer Gearbox is calling a lawsuit that claims both the studio and publisher Sega falsely advertised the controversial Aliens: Colonial Marines "frivolous," according to a statement provided to Kotaku. Following the news that Edelson LLC, a law firm representing plaintiff Damion Perrine, will file a class-action lawsuit against both companies, a Gearbox spokesperson released the following statement: "Attempting to wring a class action lawsuit out of a demonstration is beyond meritless. We continue to support the game, and will defend the rights of entertainers to share their works-in-progress without fear of frivolous litigation." Sega also released a statement on the matter to Polygon, writing that the publisher "cannot comment on specifics of ongoing litigation, but [are]...

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Section 8 developer TimeGate Studios files for bankruptcy protection

TimeGate Studios, the Sugar Land, Texas-based developer of Section 8 and co-developer of Aliens: Colonial Marines, filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Texas Southern Bankruptcy Court on Wednesday, according to court documents obtained by Polygon. The petition filed by TimeGate lists less than 50 creditors owed money by the game developer and total liabilities ranging from $10 million to $50 million. TimeGate's top creditors include companies like Unreal Engine developer Epic Games, online game service Agora Games and transmedia developer DJ2 Entertainment. Creditors listed in court documents also include a local pizzeria, to whom TimeGate owes $34.80, and video game agency Birthplace Management Group, which is owed $20,539.20. Also listed among TimeGate's chief...

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Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit assigned dispute resolution, plaintiffs still seeking class action suit (update)

The lawsuit claiming Gearbox and Sega falsely advertised Aliens: Colonial Marines with misrepresentative trade show demos has been recommended alternate means of settlement by a California District Court judge, but the plaintiffs are still seeking class action status for the suit. According to two court documents obtained by Polygon, the case has been assigned to Maria-Elena James, federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The judge has ordered the two parties to consult with representatives for "Alternate Dispute Resolution" (ADR), a non-binding process overseen by either Judge James or an elected third party. This order is given to nearly all cases in the Northern District of California Court; both parties must discuss...

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    • Released 02/12/2013
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