Bethesda have announced they’re suing Warner Bros and Behaviour Interactive over the launch of a new Westworld game.
Calling the mobile game a “blatant rip-off” of Fallout Shelter, Bethesda claim that the Warner Bros title uses “the same copyrighted computer code”, as well as “the same or highly similar game design, art style, animations, features and other gameplay elements”.
Of course, it’s no surprise the Skyrim studio aren’t happy; Fallout Shelter was a smash hit when originally released in 2015 for mobile devices, and has gone on to hit Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.
However, it looks like Bethesda are focusing the lawsuit mainly on Behaviour Interactive, who they originally hired to design Fallout Shelter back in 2014, alleging that the company re-used their code when they were subsequently hired by Warner Bros to create the Westworld game.
In particular, the filing points to identical bugs that appeared in both Fallout Shelter and the new Westworld title, saying, “This software ‘bug’ appears when a player starts up the demonstration version of the Westworld game. Specifically, the view is out-of-focus and the scene that appears is far to the right and below the targeted landscape image. It is as if a camera capturing the scene had been inadvertently pointed to the lower right foreground and then slowly refocuses on the central image. The identical problem appeared in initial versions of Fallout Shelter but was addressed before Fallout Shelter was released to the public. While this error was ultimately fixed in subsequent builds of Fallout Shelter, the appearance of the bug in the Westworld game demo makes clear that the Fallout Shelter source code was used by Behaviour in developing the Westworld game.”
Warner Bros and Behaviour Interactive are yet to respond, but unfortunately, we’ve got a feeling that just staring blankly into the distance and saying “that doesn’t look like anything to me” probably won’t hold up in court.