Last year, Bethesda filed a lawsuit against publisher Warner Bros. Entertainment and developer Behaviour Interactive, claiming that their Westworld mobile game was a Fallout Shelter rip-off. Fortunately, Bethesda has reached an agreement with Behaviour Interactive, settling the matter out of court.
Promoting the show of the same name, Westworld hit iOS and Android stores on June 21, 2018, quickly attracting unwanted attention from Bethesda. The filing claimed that Westworld was eerily similar to Fallout Shelter, accusing Behaviour Interactive of reusing code from an early version of the latter having worked on both titles.
Understandably, there was animosity between Warner Bros and Bethesda, with the defendant calling the claims “baseless” and asserting that it takes copyright seriously. Burying the hatchet, Bethesda has dropped legal proceedings, settling with Behaviour Interactive before it escalated to court.
“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 Westworld mobile games,” reads Bethesda’s post on the new development.
Details of the settlement remain undisclosed at the time of writing, however Westworld remains live and available for download. While Warner Bros. Entertainment goes unmentioned in the update, the conclusive tone seems to indicate that the publisher was indeed included in the resolution.
KitGuru Says: There are undoubtedly similarities shared between the two games, but we might never find out whether Behaviour Interactive did use early source code from one to make the other. Fallout Shelter is perhaps one of the only mobile games I thoroughly enjoyed back when it came out. Have you enjoyed either Fallout Shelter or Westworld?