If you hadn’t heard, the long awaited and much-hyped release of Aliens: Colonial Marines has been an absolute trainwreck for Gearbox. According to an anonymous source who claims to have worked on the game, much of the development was outsourced, and key elements of the game were slashed in order to meet deadlines. This has resulted in a rushed, sloppy game that has fallen far short of expectations, and many consumers feel that they’ve been lied to, but Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford says this isn’t the case.
A lot of angry consumers have taken to proclaiming their anger and frustration on Pitchford’s Twitter account, and although he claims to welcome constructive criticism, Pitchford has taken exception to accusations of dishonesty. In response to a tweet that read “No one likes liars,” Pitchford had this to say:
No one likes to be called a liar, especially if their intent was pure and they always spoke the truth when they spoke it.
Every company’s marketing team is going to show off their game in as positive of a light as possible in pre-release footage, but do the differences between the Colonial Marines footage from October and the finished product cross the line and enter into the category of deceit? Gearbox may not think so, but a significant amount of gamers do, and it will likely cost them the trust of consumers in the future.