We weren't the only ones disappointed in last year's release of Aliens: Colonial Marines. Someone went as far as to file a class action lawsuit against Gearbox and Sega last year, stating that the two companies "falsely advertised Aliens by showing demos at trade shows like PAX and E3 which didn't end up being accurate representations of the final product."
The case had been going on for a few weeks now. Sega has now agreed to a $1.25 million settlement that will avoid costing it any more money. However, keep in mind that this doesn't admit Sega's guilt, as the filing is not an "admission, concession or evidence of any fault, misrepresentation or omission" by the company.
The motion was filed on Monday, and once cleared by the court, it should be good to go next month, thus closing the case. As a result, $312,500 of the settlement will cover attorney fees, while $200,000 will cover administration cost. The plantiff will receive $2,500, while consumers who filed complaints on behalf of the lawsuit will each get a small cut of the remaining funds. In this case, 135,000 consumers could be eligible.
The good news is, Sega isn't likely to go through this again with this year's Alien Isolation, since the impressions from that game, handled by The Creative Assembly, is actually pretty good thus far. We'll see how it fares when it debuts later this year.