Holy cow, this story is just becoming more and more sordid. Destructoid (and yes, you might say that Jim Sterling has a bit of a chip on his shoulder at present) has a new source who has corroborated previous claims that Gearbox downscaled the development team for Aliens in order to bolster their Borderlands team. This new source (who is also an ex-Gearbox developer) worked on Colonial Marines for about a year between 2007 and 2008, but during that time he witnessed some of Gearbox’s alleged shady dealings.
“Gearbox was taking people off the project [Aliens: CM] to put them on Borderlands 1,” the anonymous source told Destructoid. “At some point in 2008, SEGA temporarily pulled the plug on the game. They caught wind of Gearbox shifting resources (despite still collecting milestone checks as if the team were full size) and lying to SEGA AND 2K about the number of people working on each project.”
If this guy is telling the truth, and there’s no real way of being certain due to the fact that he’s divulged this information on condition of anonymity, then the implications are pretty massive. Here’s developer Gearbox taking SEGA resources and pumping them into Borderlands development instead of Aliens: Colonial Marines – you know, the game SEGA was paying them to make in the first place.