Bethesda is suing Warner Bros. over similarities between Westworld and Fallout Shelter

Bethesda is suing Warner Bros. over similarities between Westworld and Fallout Shelter

Bethesda has filed a suit against Warner Bros calling out the similarities between Fallout Shelter and the newly revealed Westworld game and the accusation is rooted in a collaboration with Behaviour Interactive.

Court documents have revealed that Behaviour Interactive was contracted by Bethesda to work on Fallout Shelter in 2014, once things wrapped up there they went to work on a Westworld mobile game for Warner Bros.

In the complaint, obtained by Variety, Bethesda claimed Behaviour and Warner Bros. used its intellectual property without permission to develop a mobile game with the same or substantially similar gameplay experience.

The lawsuit was filed 21 June and seeks to have money for damages awarded and for Warner Bros.to stop selling the game. Behaviour had previously worked with Bethesda to develop Bethesda's hit game, "Fallout Shelter, ' and under that contract, Bethesda alone owned all resulting intellectual property, including the game's copyrighted code". As a result of Behaviour and Warner Bros' unlawful conduct, Westworld is a blatant ripoff of Fallout Shelter with largely superficial, cosmetic changes. The suit alleges that Behaviour "stole its designs and codes" for use in its Westworld game.

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Fallout Shelter is a free-to-play game which recently arrived on Nintendo Switch, tasking players with building and managing their own Vault as an Overseer.

Further, Bethesda accused Behaviour of "breaching its contract" with Bethesda by using its "restricted access to Bethesda's intellectual property".

The lawsuit examines the many similarities between Westworld and Fallout Shelter in detail, but what makes the case seem particularly egregious is Bethesda's allegation that Westworld contains the same bugs as Fallout Shelter did when it was launched.

Westworld's core gameplay mechanics (which can be viewed in the trailer below) do appear very similar to those of Fallout Shelter. If the two games sound familiar, well, the company behind Fallout is alleging that's because they got ripped off. All in all, Bethesda is alleging that the game is nearly a direct copy of Fallout Shelter's assets with simple cosmetic changes to fit the new theme. Warner Bros. declined to comment.

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