Jordan Maron announced via YouTube yesterday that his project Fortress Fallout will have to undergo a change of name due to a cease and desist from Zenimax on behalf of Bethesda Softworks. Bethesda has developed a reputation for shutting down projects that bear similar names to their own projects, most notable being the legal demand sent to Mojang for their Scrolls projects. However, Maron lacks the massive funding and ability to fight the demands and have elected instead to change the title of the project.
The developer describes the project previously known as Fortress Fallout in the video:
Fortress Fallout is a game I’ve been working on with some developers. It’ll be out at some point in the next few months on iOS and Android as a free to play game. In the game, you build a tower of your own and then battle against an opponent who has also built a tower. The first person to destroy their opponent’s core is the winner.
The title of Fortress Fallout was originally selected by a fan vote. Maron announced a second fan vote to take place to select a different title that doesn’t attract the attention of any previously established titles. In hindsight, Fortress Fallout was a risky title, given that both Valve and Bethesda Softworks have flagship titles that share a resemblance.
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