Gearbox Games head honcho Randy Pitchford took to Twitter recently in the wake of the resounding THUD that was Aliens: Colonial Marines crash landing from a deafening wall of boos from...
well, pretty much everyone that stood down wind of the game...
Most notably, angry Tweeters pounded Pitchford over the quality of the final product versus the game's yummy E3 2012 demo video, which does not come within a parsec of the gold code.
Pitchford's response to angry Aliens gamers:
I've always profited from criticism and, thankfully, I have never been in short supply. However, insult or threaten me and I want nothing to do with you. Expect block/ban/whatever I can do.
And then someone dared call him a liar:
No one likes to be called a liar, especially if their intent was pure and they always spoke the truth when they spoke it.
According to some board posts I've read, Pitchford is now blocking followers from his Twitter account who are actually proving the instances of him lying. Classy.
The rumors are Gearbox had very little to do with this game, and the bulk of the production was done by TimeGate Studios. With such incredible, massively successful games under their belt, such as F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate and Section 8, you have to wonder what kind of brain would put this developer in charge of a platinum-caliber franchise like Aliens.
Probably the same brain that preferred to spend the bulk of his studio's resources developing Borderlands 2 instead. At least, that's one of the theories.
Last year, a former employee of Gearbox Games made a public forum post, which, in hindsight, more people should have taken seriously:
Hate to say it, but I wouldn't get your hopes up too high for Colonial Marines. I used to work at Gearbox, and the development of that game has been a total train wreck, going on what, 6 years now? Gearbox isn't even making the game, except for the multiplayer. Primary development was outsourced to TimeGate Studios, which has a less than stellar past.
If I may interject a little thought of my own: I am officially befuddled by Randy Pitchford, at this point. How can the same person who delivered the Brothers in Arms series, Borderlands and Borderlands 2, also have his name within the same paragraph as Aliens: Colonial Marines and Duke Nukem Forever?
Yes!... did you forget about that little (butt) nugget of a game, my lovelies? Pitchford was the same dude that dug up Duke Nukem from the grave, took a giant dump all over his head, and then left the corpse out in the sun to stink up our hard drives. Here's Pitchford commenting on DNF:
I don't know if you've played Duke Nukem Forever. It's awesome.
No, Randy... no, it certainly is not. And neither is ACM.
As irritated as I am over the complete and utter disappointments that were DNF and ACM, nothing, short of my untimely demise (stay tuned), will keep me from Borderlands 3. And that's too bad, because I really hate supporting a guy who obviously has such contempt for the people who buy his games.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Shame on me for believing Pitchford's hype machine for Aliens: Colonial Marines.
From now on, if it does not say "Borderlands" on it, Randy Pitchford can sit and spin.