As the fallout from Aliens: Colonial Marines‘ poor critical reception continues, a developer has spoken to Destructoid anonymously to claim that Gearbox lied to publishers SEGA over the outsourcing of development to Timegate.
“Gearbox was taking people off the project to put them on Borderlands 1,” claims the former developer.
“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 f**king game!’ Hah.”
The developer also claims that Gearbox lied to both SEGA and 2K about the number of people working on Aliens and Borderlands, yet continued to collect money from SEGA as if the game’s development was going smoothly. SEGA caught wind of what was going on and allegedly temporarily cancelled the project. This is apparently what led to Gearbox issuing a round of layoffs in 2008.
We called Aliens: Colonial Marines “an embarrassment that should never have been released“, which isn’t a nice thing to say, but… well, there you have it, really.