Remember back to E3 2015, at Bethesda’s conference, where Todd Howard interrupted the hype of showing Fallout 4 gameplay to introduce a spinoff game for the mobile titled Fallout Shelter. People were hyped when it was announced that the game was available on the App Store on the same day.
The game managed to achieve many milestones with the number of downloads. Two weeks after the release of the game, it earned approximately $5.1 million in microtransaction sales. It is now available on many other platforms such as PC and Xbox, and recently announced for PS4 and Switch.
However, on the 22nd of June, reports came in about a current feud between Bethesda and Warner Bros.
For their most current television show, Westworld, Warner Bros. decided to employ Behaviour Interactive to develop a spinoff game. You can check out some gameplay footage in the video below:
The general idea of Westworld is that you are a Delos employee who controls Westworld and builds the area to suit your guest’s needs. You make sure that your guests can carry out any desires they have, such as robbing a bank or a side of gambling. The characters interact with one another, and the more your level increases, the more buildings, rooms and characters you unlock.
Now, here’s gameplay footage for Fallout Shelter:
In this game, you play as the Overseer of your own Vault. You have to make sure that your Vault can sustain any attack, power failures, or infestion by building rooms and training your Vault dwellers. Each dweller, which can amount to around 200 people, have their own SPECIAL stats, weapons, attire, or pets. Whilst the footage doesn’t show a great deal of the possibilities of the game, later updates changed the game significantly.
If you were to play the game now, you can send out teams of Vault Dwellers to go on missions and explore locations, fighting enemies or finding loot as you go along. All the while it makes for interesting gameplay for a game that doesn’t require internet to work.
Are they similar?
If you can see a similarity between the two games, then there isn’t any surprise there. Behaviour Interactive created both Fallout Shelter and Westworld. It was announced that the game would be coming to mobile devices on March 2018, with a release date for the 18th of June. There were even people back in March who spotted the similarity.
In response to its release earlier last week, Bethesda has attacked Warner Bros. and called Westworld a “blatant rip-off of Fallout Shelter” using the “same copyrighted computer code” and a “similar game design, art style, animations, features and other gameplay elements”. The lawsuit was brought in.
The most obvious similarity between the two is the multi-levels of underground rooms. However, the similarities goes beyond the appearance, as Bethesda claims bugs that appeared in the early development of Fallout Shelter also appear in Westworld!
It doesn’t look good for Warner Bros. or Behaviour Interactive, with both of their infringement of Bethesda copyrights in terms of the code, and the “unfair competition through their development, marketing, and promotion” of the game.
Bethesda is going full-force in this ownership battle, declaring that they will “protect [their] legal rights in the valuable intellectual properties it owns, and take legal action whenever those rights are being infringed”. If you want to read more on the official complaint and lawsuit, head over to this website to have a look at the information with greater detail.
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