Developer David Jaffe and Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) have been named in a new lawsuit claiming that the concepts behind God of War
were taken from a screenplay and other materials submitted to Sony in 2002.
According to information researched by website GamePolitics
, the alleged copyright infringement was filed in February at the U.S. District Court in California.
Plaintiffs Jonathan Bissoon-Dath and Barrette-Herzog claim that a number of works of fiction, including a screenplay and illustrative map, were sent to Sony Pictures and agents working with SCEA shortly before work began on God of War
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and the associate map are alleged to have several similarities in terms of plot, character relationships, themes, settings, mood, pace and dialogue with SCEA’s critically acclaimed God of War
- which is itself based on popular mythology.
Responses already filed by SCEA describe the accusations as “inaccurate, incomplete, abstracted and/or misleading." Although the case is proceeding, SCEA and Jaffe are already seeking legal costs for their defense.