A few days ago a modder by the handle of jamesdickinson963 spotted a spelling error in the ini files of Aliens: Colonial Marines noting that the word tether was, in one case, spelt teather. It’s a typo with unfortunate consequences as the zone tether was used for the AI, so the xenomorphs did not behave correctly.
As you may recall, one of the big complaints about the game was that the Aliens were stupid, often wandering around in circles and not attacking. “They don’t hunt in groups. They won’t flank you. They won’t ever surprise you and they’ll rarely outnumber you and your squad…They’re even not dangerous up close and personal,” said Alex in our review at the time.
A number of publications have fixed the typo and have noted the aliens are more aggressive and flank correctly, it does seem that this one small typo did have a big impact on the game.
Gearbox have responded to the bug by posting a new job listing.
If you click on the “Apply for this job” button you will have to “pass the rigorous questionnaire” which you can see below.