Bethesda has filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. and developer Behaviour Interactive over the Westworld game.
The company claimed the game is a ‘blatant rip-off’ of Fallout Shelter. Behaviour Interactive also helped to create Fallout Shelter.
The suit alleges that Westworld “has the same or highly similar game design, art style, animations, features and other gameplay elements.”
The suit goes on to add:
“Behaviour breached its contract with Bethesda 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.”
The suit claims that the developer has used “the same copyrighted computer code created for Fallout Shelter in Westworld.” It then says there is even a bug present in Westworld that was present in early versions of Fallout Shelter.
Bethesda claims the two companies have “copied Fallout Shelter’s features and then made cosmetic modifications for Westworld’s ‘western’ theme.”
Fallout Shelter was originally released in 2015 for mobile devices. It then made its way to PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch.