Lawsuit Over Westworld Mobile Game and Fallout Shelter Similarities Ends

Legal wrangling comes around often in the video game world and this particular news piece concerns studios involved in a few favored games for the staff here at MMOGames. Also, this probably takes the cake for the shortest press release of the year which is somewhat impressive, so here it is in all its glory. Bethesda Softworks and Behaviour Interactive jointly announced today that the parties have amicably resolved the lawsuit Bethesda brought against Behaviour and others related to the Fallout Shelter and the Westworld mobile game.

Fallout Shelter

While a good resolution for both parties is to be lauded, people can be forgiven for forgetting the particulars. To refresh everyone, many years ago in the distant past of mid 2018 TMZ brought the news that Bethesda Softworks, was suing Warner Bros and Behaviour Interactive as according to the suit, Behaviour stole its designs, artwork, and code for use in the Warner Bros game for Westworld, in the same vein as Fallout Shelter.

The full suit, for posterities sake, can be viewed here on Scribd courtesy of Polygon who obtained it for reporting.

The amicable resolution is good for both parties but the terms of it are likely going to be well-held secrets by the lawyers involved. Perhaps the fact that 2018 became the year of Fortnite on every device capable of playing it overshadowed Fallout Shelter and the combined impact on Westworld pushed it into obscurity. All that we know is they will take the award for the shortest press release this year unless someone really wants to show off.

Bethesda Softworks is known for enough games for an exhaustive wiki page. Though at the moment they’re best known for Fallout 76 which has had… let’s call it a troubled life.
Behaviour Interactive is best known for Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade and Dead by Daylight as well as its work on Fallout Shelter and Star Citizen for Cloud Imperium Games.

 

Source: Press Release

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