The critically panned Aliens: Colonial Marines sold much better than originally expected.
Sega’s financial results for fiscal year 2013 revealed that the game has sold 1.31 million units. Aliens: Colonial Marines launched February 2013 and was immediately critically panned. Timegate Studios, Gearbox Software and Sega began pointing fingers at one another over whose mess it was, the Wii U version ended being cancelled and there is now a lawsuit against the developer and publisher. Still, the game sold well.
Sega did end up having pretty good results for its other games, which weren’t bad. Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed was a very well recieved game critically and commercially. The game has sold 1.36 million units so far to become Sega’s best-selling game of fiscal year 2013. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games sold 680,000, Football Manager sold 940,000 and the Japanese exclusive Yakuza 5 managed 590,000.
Overall, Sega had a pretty good fiscal year 2013 despite the controversy that has erupted over Aliens: Colonial Marines. Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed still continues to perform well, especially in the UK where it consistently appears in the Top 20.
Aliens: Colonial Marines is the canonical sequel to Alien 3 and takes place in numerous setting from Aliens. A new batch of Colonial Marines are sent out searching for the marines that were killed in Aliens. The AI, visuals, characters and story were severely criticized with the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions being poorly optimized. The Wii U version, which was cancelled, was rumored to be even worse than the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.