Bethesda Is Suing The Creators of the New Westworld Mobile Game

Westworld game hit with lawsuit for copying Fallout Shelter

Developer Behaviour Interactive worked on an early version of Bethesda's Fallout Shelter and according to website TMZ it's alleged that they reused a lot of the same design, artwork, and code in order to make the new Westworld.

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. The main link between the evidence is that Behaviour Interactive was contracted by Bethesda during Fallout Shelter's development, prior to their work on the Westworld title for Warner Bros., which would (seemingly) explain their access to code used in Fallout Shelter. The bug was fixed before the public release of Fallout Shelter - but the exact same bug appeared in a demo version of Westworld.

That's a serious allegation that goes well-beyond two games being relatively similar. The suit alleges that Westworld "has the same or highly similar game design, art style, animations, features and other gameplay elements" as Fallout Shelter. Anyone who has successfully copied their friend's homework in the third grade is surely shaking their head in furious curiosity over how such an obvious mistake could be made.

To realize its design, Bethesda contracted with Behaviour under a work-for-hire agreement to develop FALLOUT SHELTER to Bethesda's specifications exclusively for use by Bethesda, and no one else, including Behaviour or any third party.

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In a report from Polygon (along with accompanying legal documents), publisher Bethesda Softworks has filed a lawsuit in the Maryland U.S. District Court against Warner Bros.

Fallout Shelter (on the left) and Westworld (on the right). Moreover, Bethesda also claims that Behaviour used copyrighted code; code which was created by the studio for Fallout Shelter. One such bug causes the view to be off-center and out of focus at startup, "as if a camera capturing the scene had been inadvertently pointed to the lower right foreground and then slowly refocuses on the central image".

Bethesda hopes for a jury trial and for compensation to recover damages. Bethesda further brings this action against Behaviour and Warner Bros.

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