Westworld Game Accused of Stealing Fallout Shelter Code in Lawsuit

Joanna Estrada
June 25, 2018

But the reason Bethesda are so sure their game is being copied is because the new Westworld app has exactly the same bugs as Fallout Shelter when Behaviour worked on it.

Debates over inspiration aside (which can be argued away), Bethesda's lawsuit includes an even stronger claim.

You might think that this whole thing is just a simple matter of Bethesda being upset that someone released a pretty shameless rip-off of Fallout Shelter that features Westworld characters instead of assets from the Fallout universe.

Filed in a Maryland U.S. District Court, the Bethesda lawsuit alleges 'Westworld' uses the "same or highly similar game design, art style, animations, features, and other gameplay elements" as the company's popular 'Fallout Shelter,' reportsPolygon. The way that Bethesda claims to know it was made using the same code as their game, however, is by noting that the exact same bugs that troubled the early builds of Fallout Shelter are also present in Westworld.

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Representatives from Bethesda did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But the free-to-play title apparently goes too far with that apparent inspiration, as developer Behaviour Interactive has been accused of reusing code that it developed for Shelter.

Fallout Shelter (on the left) and Westworld (on the right). Bethesda alleges that the code used for Westworld is the same that is used in Fallout Shelter. Westworld is a work of science fiction in which wealthy patrons visit a technologically advanced Wild-West-themed amusement park populated by androids who allow the human guests to indulge in various, often violent, fantasies. This software "bug" appears when a player starts up the demonstration version of the Westworld game. "This unauthorized copying and sharing enabled Behaviour to shorten its development cycle, reduce costs, and decrease the game's time to market and to command a built-in consumer base by making the Westworld mobile game's gameplay experience and look-and-feel the same as or substantially similar to Fallout Shelter". Fallout Shelter is still available on both mobile platforms and has since been released on Steam and all major consoles.

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