Sony, David Jaffe sued over God of War

Allegedly stole "plot, character relationships, themes, settings, mood, pace and dialogue"

SCEA and game designer David Jaffe have been sued over alleged similarities in plot and other aspects of the awesome God of War.

Jonathan Bissoon-Dath and Jennifer Barrette-Herzog, who filed the suit in February, claim that Sony half-inched aspects of the "plot, character relationships, themes, settings, mood, pace and dialogue," from works they sent to Sony Pictures.

Screenplay 'Olympiad', and a map called 'Island at the Edge of the Living World', created for Bissoon-Dath's 'The Adventures of Own: Owen's Olympic Adventure', were sent to Sony in 2002. The plaintiffs note that the first GoW shipped in 2005, and that Jaffe had said the game took three years to develop.

Here are some of the similarities in the plaintiff's seven-page list, reported by GamePolitics:

  • Plaintiff's works tell the original story of how a champion saves Athens from destruction by the invading Spartan army that has been sent by Ares... [GoW]... is the story of how a champion chosen by Zeus and Athens saves Athen from destruction by an invading army sent by Ares...
  • In plaintiff's original work and God of War, the Champion's family is hacked to death in a one-room building in a small peaceful village. In both stories the Champion feels partially responsible even though he is not really to blame...
  • In exchange for Kratos' pledge, Ares gives him... the Blades of Chaos... two massive, glowing, sword-like blades fastened to chains fused to Kratos's wrists... These Blade of Chaos are taken directly from a scene in Bissoon-Dath's work... "As Zeus strides forward... his hands MORPH into two massive swords that glow like light sabers..."
  • ...Owen must cross the Bottomless Valley over a long, sagging suspension bridge, shown on Barrette-Herzog's map... in God of War Kratos must cross the Bottomless Chasm on a long, sagging suspension bridge...

Jaffe and Sony denies any infringement of copyright, noting that much of the plaintiff's work lies in the public domain - presumably all the links to Greek mythology.