More allegations recently leveled against Gearbox involving the mess with Aliens Colonial Marines
According to Destructoid, recent allegations against Gearbox reveal the company deceived both Sega and 2K several times while also funneling money away from the project towards other projects.
The source who remained anonymous was a former employee who worked on the project between 2007 and 2008. Backing up his claims were stories from others he was in close contact with on both Aliens: Colonial Marines and Borderlands project.
The claims allege Gearbox was gradually pulling members away from the Aliens project while deceiving Sega into thinking a full team was still working and possibly faking the milestone reports being sent to them. This was done to ensure the main focus of the company was shifted towards the Borderlands project during the time of the massive changes occurring within the project.
To help fund the changes needed for Borderlands, Gearbox was alleged to be diverting funds solely meant for Aliens Colonial Marines in favor of Borderlands without Sega's knowledge or permission. Sega finally became aware of the deception by late 2008 and ended up temporary cancelling the project which resulted in layoffs to occur at Gearbox as a result.
The source also revealed both Gearbox and the development team were fully aware the game was going to become a huge bust, but wasn't allowed any more delays to salvage the mess created.