Remember that Westworld mobile game? It was a bit like Fallout Shelter, so much so that Warner Bros. ended up getting sued by Bethesda over it? And an article I wrote was used as evidence in the lawsuit? Yeah, that was a fun time in our lives.
It's clearly not been a fun time for the game however, as it's now shutting down entirely. Whoops.
Westworld has already been pulled from the App Store and Google Play as of January 15th, and all IAPs have been disabled for anyone who's still got it installed on their device. The whole park will be shut down for absolutely everybody on April 16th.
"We are sorry to see the Westworld mobile game go, and had an incredible time creating new content and events for players to enjoy. We deeply appreciate our community’s enthusiasm and participation in the game," says a post on the Westworld Mobile social media accounts.
I can't help but feel partially to blame for this - even though all I wrote at the time was that it "appears to be much in the same vein as Fallout Shelter". There are other factors at play of course - namely that Behaviour was accused of using old code used on Fallout Shelter to build Westworld, which is an entirely different matter altogether.
The lawsuit was settled out of court on January 7th, as reported by my old stomping ground PocketGamer.biz, though no terms were revealed at the time. It seems, however, that shutting the game down was probably one of the terms.
Or maybe it just came at a bad time for the game. We've not heard a peep out of Westworld in a long time, and I don't know anyone who was still playing it. Maybe everything just happened at once, and Warner Bros. thought it best to shut the whole thing down in one fell swoop. We may never know.
Hopefully this doesn't affect the fine folks at Behaviour too much, and we can expect more wonderful games from them in the future. But for now, it's goodbye to Westworld on mobile. We hardly knew you.
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