Despite being a massive bomb for Sega/Gearbox or whoever you hold responsible for the mess that Aliens Colonial Marine was, it actually managed to sell over 1.3 million copies. This is despite the panning critical and consumer reviews, the endless reams of bugs and joke videos showing the cock-ups in game and the fact that Sega has even been hit with a class action lawsuit because of its phony demo footage in advertising.
Partially thanks to this big sales number and other titles like Sonic All Stars Racing Transformed (which was the company's biggest seller by the way) the once upon a time great video game maker, announced a profit in the last financial year (ending March 31st) of 33.46 billion yen ($324 million). Sega says it hopes to increase this by a further 50 per cent by this time next year, with expansion into more mobile games and the PC.
But don't worry, no one is getting out of this one unscathed. Gearbox has suffered a terrible blow to its reputation, so much so in-fact that it announced that Section 8 developer, Timegate was responsible for most of the cock-ups with Aliens: CM. In-fact that developer, Timegate, they closed down this morning. So loads of people lost their jobs.
Does that make up for the horrific gameplay in ACM?