Bethesda suing Warner Brothers and Behavior Interactive over Westworld game
Laying down the law
Bethesda has filed a lawsuit against Warner Brothers and Behavior Interactive for stealing assets and code from Fallout Shelter for the newly released Westworld mobile game. In a report from TMZ, the newer Westworld game even has bugs from early versions of Fallout Shelter.
Westworld Mobile just launched this past week, heavily promoted by both HBO and the App Store respectively. You don’t have to look hard to find the similarities between Westworld and Fallout Shelter. The majority of the action in Westworld Mobile happens underground in Delos Labs, which, funnily enough, looks exactly like the vault you built in Fallout Shelter. Rather than helping settlers survive the post-apocalyptic hellscape, in Westworld, you’re building laboratory facilities to help your theme park above ground grow bigger and better.
Behavior Interactive, the folks who created Westworld Mobile, were also contracted to work on Fallout Shelter before the Westworld game came to be. Bethesda is accusing Behavior of taking the designs and code it created for Fallout Shelter and reusing them. Bethesda is suing with the aim of shutting down Westworld Mobile and receiving a portion of the game’s profits.