The lawsuit drama continues between Bethesda and Warner Bros. In short, Bethesda claims the Westworld app created by Warner Bros. features stolen designs, artwork, and even code from Bethesda’s Fallout Shelter. The Westworld game puts players in control of the television show’s world. Players are challenged to pair guests with hosts, keep NPCs happy, and maintain various areas of the world. Besides the fact that this sounds similar to Fallout Shelter, Warner Bros. hired Behaviour Interactive to make this game; the same company that worked on Fallout Shelter as far back as 2014.
As a result, Bethesda is suing both Warner Bros. and Behaviour Interactive. “According to the suit, “Warner Bros. has a direct financial interest in Behaviour’s infringing activities through the resulting reduced costs and expedited development of the Westworld mobile game.”
In a statement provided to IGN, Warner Bros. has responded to the Bethesda lawsuit:
As one of the world’s leading creators of intellectual property, including the ground-breaking television series Westworld, Warner Bros. has a deep respect for intellectual property rights. As such, the assertions by Bethesda Softworks that Warner’s Westworld mobile game improperly used source code from Bethesda’s Fallout Shelter are as surprising as they are unsubstantiated. Warner Bros. has been assured by the game developer, Behaviour Interactive, that Bethesda’s allegations are untrue and that none of Bethesda’s code was used in the Westworld game. Moreover, contrary to Bethesda’s baseless accusation, Warner Bros. at no time “induced” Behaviour to use the Fallout Shelter code in Westworld.
Admittedly, it seems like a stretch for Warner Bros. to coerce Behaviour into using the same code they used for Fallout Shelter to create their Westworld mobile game. But when you ask for what’s essentially a clone of Fallout Shelter from the same company that made Fallout Shelter, it’s going to raise some eyebrows.
Warner Bros. Responds to Bethesda Fallout Shelter Lawsuit