Aliens: Colonial Marines has shipped 1.31 million copies

Sega posts 54 percent increase in profits for the year, with Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed the publisher's best-selling title.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines has shipped 1.31 million copies to retailers across the US and Europe as of March 31, Sega has confirmed.

Speaking during its annual financial report, Sega revealed that the disappointing first-person shooter was slightly outsold by the cheery kart racer Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, which managed to ship 1.36 million copies though has enjoyed a slightly longer shelf life.

Aliens: Colonial Marines is currently the target of a class-action lawsuit under the claim it used false advertising in its trailers and demonstrations. One of the game's developers, TimeGate Studios, is also reported to have been closed.

Football Manager 2013 also managed to shift 940,000 copies, while the currently Japan-only release of Yakuza 5 has shipped 590,000 copies in the publisher's home territory.

Elsewhere in the financial report, Sega said it made a 54 percent year-on-year increase in profits with ¥33.4 billion ($329/£214 million). Looking to 2014, Sega is hoping to make ¥47 billion.

Discussion

134 comments
dragondeathlord
dragondeathlord

Aliens: Colonial Marines was Adversities and showed great footage with a GREAT DEMO but with less than months to go Sega found out there was a licensing issue, They need to pay a VERY SMALL Royalty to the Game Engine Makers. So did they act reasonable and pay the fee?  NOPE they scrapped it. So did they Like do the honest thing with all there PRE-ORDERS THAT PRE-PAYED for the game based on the footage and return their money or say SORRY there be AT LEAST ONE YEAR  DELAY??? NOPE! 

They grabbed a generic Engine uses a Stripped Story and slammed a game out in the few months Remaining..

How strippped The Aliens Wear not ANIMATED they were Statues Like a 1980s DOS Game. Not a glitch there simply was no animation...Cardboard cut out style. Beevis and Butthead would of done better. That was only one example. So Payed Fanboys please shut up, Sega and the rest of the world better forgetting that Fubar. So stop trying to say its a good thing. I just want a video of the Moronic Executive who did this being forced to wear a sign in his or her undies that says Idiot thief Standing on a street corner in Tokyo. They do that in Japan I think its a lovely corporate custom.    


And I would call it Even.  


ShadowAngel85x
ShadowAngel85x

Otherwise, i'm glad Sega is doing good. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is one of the best fun racers i've played. It's incredible fun with a couple of friends.
It's also good to see that Football Manager does good, even though it can't be sold here in Germany one of the biggest football markets in the world thanks to EA and their stranglehold.

kronos96
kronos96

Amazing. It's good to know that there are people out there who don't let reviews influence their decisions and act like puppets.  These miserable reviewers tried the same crap with another fun game.  Operation Raccoon city.  Heck, if i listened to these reviews the only thing i would be playing would be the COD franchise. 

kpolicoff
kpolicoff

glad sega all start racing transformed did so well. That game was crazy fun. Crazy speed and lots of personality. Flight mode was a blast.

pycho22solid
pycho22solid

I have never seen/ heard of a game where quite literally everyone who has played it despises it. I mean there are games that get "average" reviews that myself and others play and think aren't too bad, but with Colonial Marines...thats not even a thought. Shame, this could have been something special.

Sydrum
Sydrum

How? How has this shipped 1M+? How did SimCity ship 1M+? Why are people such idiots?

saosebastiao
saosebastiao

You know something's wrong in the world of videogames when a bad game sells well. 

I mean, c'mon, the PS1 Alien games are better than this! Why don't people buy those instead?

atreyu27
atreyu27

I really wanted to like Aliens:C:M: so I Gamefly'd it. I was hoping the reviews and people were too harsh on it but after playing for 2 hours I realized that this game really does suck. It is almost exactly the same type of game as Duke Nukem Forever.(Which I actually got most of the achievements.. at least the game wasn't serious like A:C:M: ) It's like they made the game in two days and went back to working on Borderlands. It really is a bad game and it's dissapointing to have such an awesome idea go straight to the trash heap.

ferrarimanf355
ferrarimanf355

Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed > any Mario Kart game. Sega still does what Nintendon't. 

trivolution
trivolution

I played and finished the game but I didn't bought it.

snakebite6x6x6
snakebite6x6x6

I really hope the lawsuit fails. 

Every game can't be a great game, there have been bad games in the past, and I'm sure there will be no shortage of terrible games in the future. This is part of gaming, that is why sites such as this one are a vital part of video game culture.

However, when people start suing companies over bad games...because they assumed it would be something else...we start down a dark path. 

Developers who are at risk of legal punishment would likely be less willing to take a risk on ANY game. 




CecilChups
CecilChups

I just laugh at all of the people that pre-ordered it and bought it the first week that it came out without waiting for reviews and such.

Lawlercopterlawlerskates.


You people should know by now to wait for a general conception of the game before you plunker down 60 bucks for it. No sympathy here.

headcase650
headcase650

Bought Aliens used, took it back the next day, didnt even finish it. Read the story online and watched cut scenes on youtube. It was that bad!

oskuuu
oskuuu

hah, i might get for 2,95€ just to see if it is that bad :D

cuddlyfuzzle
cuddlyfuzzle

If this ever becomes a trivia question I'll know the answer. :/

pointless article.

the1stmoonfly
the1stmoonfly

Nice work Sega, buy a golden licence, get some poor muppet company to make a mess of it, take all the profits when it sells anyway on licence alone, then let the muppet company take the backlash and die while you enjoy the profits. Well done.

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

What gets me is the increase in profits for sega. Man these are definitely the odd ducks in the world of gaming. In a day and age where the industry is routinely posting losses, Sega does this.

If they only knew how to make a buck in previous generations, sega hardware might not be the stuff of myths.

PandaTrueno86
PandaTrueno86

The only person I could think of that bought that Sonic game would be Christian Weston Chandler. Also, as an Aliens fan...don't get me started on A:CM.

ewjiml
ewjiml

Aliens was crap and even with all the glitches, bugs, and HORRIBLE reviews, it still sold.  How?  How in the hell can an obviously crap game still sell 1 million copies?  The only redeeming quality Sega has is the Total War series and the surpise Sonic racing title.  It was awesome.  No big surprises here. 

jedinortd_basic
jedinortd_basic

I almost enjoy sonic racing transformed more than mario kart.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

SEGA is still a shit company

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Aliens was one of my most anticipated games of 2012/13. I couldn't be more disappointed right now.

ArataWata
ArataWata

That's right guys, just keep buying shit and showing developers we don't give a shit about the quality of a product.

Still, Sonic All Star Racing Transformed is a great game.

Cashmoney007
Cashmoney007

I have not played this game in a long time.  I actually had some fun with friends when I played the compaign.  But then I saw what the game was suppose to be from a demo, and I have not played the game since.  It was the first Aliens game that I bought so I did not get that upset about it.

grove12345
grove12345

I blame European sales, just like the last MOH

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

So what? They shipped 1,310,000 million to retail stores. Retail stores are still sitting on 1,309,500 million copies.

Mickeyminime
Mickeyminime

do they mean shipped back to the makers, i hear this game is worse than watching paint dry.....

FroMcJoe
FroMcJoe

don't care, Rome Total War 2 will be the truth!

Accuracy158
Accuracy158

Doesn't Sega publish the Total War games?... Rome 2 should be a hit when it comes out.

silvergol
silvergol

LOL! Sega if this low sales number increase your profits in 54% lol! you are in bad situation

Please comeback! make consoles too!.


ShadowAngel85x
ShadowAngel85x

@Sydrum  

People fall for Hypes all the time. SimCity sold because it was hyped like crazy and most gamers believe every hype (see the success of all those mediocre Bethesda RPGs) or they are graphic whores, only interested in fancy graphics and not good gameplay or great storytelling. So they saw the Aliens Demo, where "blown away" and thought the final game would look like that. An insane thought when most Mainstream Publishers try to make their game as accessible as possible for even medium PC Users to make more money. I saw the demo and it was crystal-clear the finished game would never look like that, the requirements were too step, especially when the full PC Version would be just another console conversion. 

But people fell for the hype and got a mediocre FPS (what else is to be expected from Gearbox?) which they cried about.
The lesson to be learned is: Don't fall for hypes, don't pre-order games and wait for the first real reviews from gamers (not some "paid by the publishers" review websites.

nanorazor
nanorazor

@Sydrum I got it from a laptop bundle, they said i could change the game =(

silvergol
silvergol

@ferrarimanf355 How you let Sega make a abomination like Aliens-Colonial-Marines?

Stop lying for yourself!.

zoeyleft
zoeyleft

@snakebite6x6x6 uh, they arent suing it over a bad game. they are suing it over false advertisements. do you wanna see an ad of a game that plays like a racing game. when you buy it, its a platformer?

Draken_Domingo
Draken_Domingo

@CecilChups To be fair, it was kind of a case of 'HOLY HELL FINALLY' when Aliens came out. I myself was really damn close to buying it, but luckily I found a couple articles that pointed to something awful behind the scenes with A:CM, so I waited, and sure enough, it was bad

TheIfym20
TheIfym20

Some people can think for themselves and enjoy an experience with someone telling them what they should do. Have fun living a boring life and trying anything that may interest you.

Psycold
Psycold

@the1stmoonfly Yea I don't mind if they put out a crappy game from a specific game franchise, but you don't mess with the Alien series and get away with it. 

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@ewjiml @ArataWata

You're an idiot. Just like the rest of the idiots...you don't read the article and assume the same stupid sh*t. They didn't SELL 1.31 million copies you stupid twit, they SHIPPED 1.31 million copies to retailers.  There's a difference.

JKnaperek
JKnaperek

@Gravity_Slave Those retailers didn't get the game for free, they bought it with the intention to mark it up. Bought...it. Guess that makes you equally an idiot.

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

@FAIL_TR0LL @Redsyrup I tried the Playstation 3 Demo. Really cool. I'm planing to pick it up on Steam. I'm not a Ken Levine fan (the guy speaks asinine) but his team is rather good.