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​Bethesda Sue Warner Bros. Claiming 'Westworld' Game Copied 'Fallout Shelter'

​Bethesda Sue Warner Bros. Claiming 'Westworld' Game Copied 'Fallout Shelter'

Warner Bros. and developer Behaviour Interactive are being sued by Bethesda Softworks following claims the new Westworld game is a Fallout Shelter 'rip-off'.

There seem to be quite a few gaming lawsuits being thrown about at the moment and this one follows a similar theme. Bethesda has filed for copyright infringements, contract breaches, and unfairly using trade secrets.

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In their case filed at Maryland US District Court, Bethesda claims the WB game uses 'the same or highly similar game design, art style, animations, features and other gameplay elements'. Some of the features include an underground multi-room setting and 'cartoonish 2D characters in a 3D environment'.

Credit: Westworld
Credit: Westworld

Behaviour Interactive, who worked on the Fallout title, is alleged to have used 'the same copyrighted computer code created for Fallout Shelter in Westworld'. A bug found at the launch of Shelter was replicated in the early stages of the Westworld release, so it's claimed Behaviour duplicated the original game and added 'cosmetic modifications for Westworld's 'western' theme'.

Bethesda also say that Behaviour breached its contract and "utilized its restricted access to Bethesda's intellectual property, including Bethesda's copyrighted code, trade secrets, and other rights, to compress its development timeline, reduce costs, and quickly bring the Westworld mobile game to market, and offer players the widely popular gameplay experience found in Fallout Shelter."

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Bethesda is seeking jury trial and damages for its Fallout Shelter title, which was first launched for mobile in 2015 and was later released for Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Featured Image Credit: Bethesda

Topics: Entertainment, Bethesda, Warner Bros., Technology, Lawsuit

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

 

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