The saga of “What The Hell Happened to Make Aliens: Colonial Marines So Terrible” rolls on, with a reveal over the weekend from an anonymous SEGA employee who claims that Gearbox quite literally stole money from SEGA to use on Borderlands.
An entire new blog has been set up by the name of ‘SEGA Awakens’, and Destructoid are claiming that they’ve independently verified the source behind it. The blogger, writing as “Bryan Danielson”, claims that “most of the information posted online is 99% true”, and that “Gearbox stole from SEGA, they robbed us, lied to us about the game, and tried to get another company to make the game instead.”
The post goes on to claim that Gearbox used the money SEGA gave them for Aliens: Colonial Marines to fund Borderlands instead, and that they then used the profits from that to grab the 3DRealms team and finish the development of Duke Nukem Forever, another poorly-received launch.
“So Gearbox essentially lied to SEGA, mishandled funds, broke agreements and contractual obligations to work on other projects, didn’t want to work on a game they were contractually obligated to work on and gave it to another team, poor organization and direction on ACM, took on too many projects from different companies at once, and other things that we may not even know about. Hell, part of me believes that Gearbox wanted this thing delayed as much as possible so they can get more funding money to embezzle from SEGA,” continues the post.
While the author believes legal action against Gearbox may be impossible as it has probably technically fulfilled its contract, he predicts job losses at SEGA as a result of the fallout from this and claims that “by all rights, Borderlands 1 and 2 should be a SEGA published game, since they got the money from us to fund the game, and since those games are smash hits, our jobs here at SEGA would be more secure and just having those two games, the SEGA brand might be on a path to being revived somewhat.”