Warner Brothers have recently launched a Westworld mobile game, inspired by the hit HBO series, made by Behaviour studio, which worked with Bethesda on Fallout Shelter. In the Westworld game, you build and expand an underground facility, which is a feature that takes more than a passing resemblance to Bethesda’s mobile title. Apparently, it didn’t come unnoticed by the Fallout Shelter developer, who filed a lawsuit against both Behaviour studio and Warner Brothers, based on the fact that identical bugs that were found in Fallout Shelter are present in the Westworld too (isn’t this the most Bethesda-like thing ever?).
In a bizarre turn of events, the lawsuit that Bethesda brought against the game developer Behaviour and Warner Brothers has seemingly come to an end. Both sides announced that they agreed for the beneficial settlements, although the details of that settlements are still unknown.
Bethesda threatened to sue both Behaviour and Warner Bros because their Westworld video game is a “blatant rip-off” of Fallout Shelter. Not only that Bethesda is claiming that Westworld game is a copycat, but they also say that Behaviour used the same copyrighted source code from Fallout Shelter to develop their game. Additionally, Behaviour studio allegedly used game design, art, animation, gameplay features, and many other elements from Fallout Shelter.
This is the reason Bethesda was suing Behaviour and Warner Bros for “copyright infringement, breach of contract, and misappropriation of [Bethesda’s] intellectual property.”
However, according to the documentation in the United States District Court in Maryland, where Bethesda is located, both sides came to the agreement about a settlement back in November 2018. There is a notice dated December 12th that confirms Bethesda and Behaviour ” resolved their dispute”. All sides in the case will bear their own court charges, including the fees of legal representatives, but other than that no other terms of the settlement have gone public. We wouldn’t be surprised if the details of the agreement remain undisclosed.
If you want to make sure how similar those two games are, you can try the Westworld game by downloading it for iOS and Android devices. The game is free and supported by microtransactions, just like Fallout Shelter.