Aliens: Colonial Marines publisher Sega and developer Gearbox Software have responded to a class action lawsuit filed this week related to claims that the game was the falsely advertised.
A Sega spokesperson said that the company could not discuss the specifics of the ongoing litigation, and that the lawsuit was baseless:
"Sega cannot comment on specifics of ongoing litigation, but we are confident that the lawsuit is without merit and we will defend it vigorously," said a Sega spokesperson to Kotaku.
A Gearbox Software spokesperson expanded on Sega's comments slightly, saying that the lawsuit was "beyond meritless."
"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," said a spokesperson for the developer.
The lawsuit filed earlier this week in a Californian court by firm Edelson LLC, claimed that the final game "bore little resemblance" to the early footage of Aliens: Colonial Marines shown in demos and gameplay trailers. The lawsuit called the sale of the game to consumers as a classic case of "bait-and-switch."
Aliens: Colonial Marines launched this year to a very negative reception. The game was co-developed by TimeGate Studios and Gearbox Software for publisher Sega. TimeGate filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this week.