Sega has admitted that its trailers for Aliens: Colonial Marines were misleading when compared to the final product that released earlier this year.
Reddit user “Subpardave” submitted a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority regarding the trailers. Following this the ASA contacted Sega about the issue and the publisher accepted full responsibility.
“[SEGA] explained that their online trailers used demo footage, created using the in-game engine. SEGA Europe understood the objections raised about the quality of the game in relation to the trailers, but explained that they weren’t aware of issues when the trailers were produced, in some cased several months before release,” a letter sent back to “Subpardave” reads.
“SEGA Europe acknowledged your objection that the trailers did not accurately reflect the final content of the game. They agreed to add a disclaimer, both on their website and in all relevant YouTube videos, which explains that the trailers depict footage of the demo versions of the game.”
A note on the ASA website reads: “After consideration by the ASA of complaints received, the following companies and organisations agreed to amend or withdraw advertising without the need for a formal investigation.”
Since Sega offered written assurance the ASA has decided not to take any formal action against the publisher.
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