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Sony faces Killzone: Shadowfall lawsuit over graphics

Sony faces Killzone: Shadowfall lawsuit over graphics

Wed 06 Aug 2014 9:59pm GMT / 5:59pm EDT / 2:59pm PDT
Legal

"Sony's marketing and on-box representations turned out to be nothing more than fiction"

A Californian man has sued Sony Computer Entertainment America claiming Killzone: Shadow Fall deceived consumers with its promises of native 1080p multiplayer.

Polygon reported that Douglas Ladore alleges that Sony's advertising and packaging made the promises but, according to the lawsuit, "unfortunately, Sony's marketing and on-box representations turned out to be nothing more than fiction."

The game actually uses a method called "temporal reproduction" to create a 1080p image, as explained by Guerrilla Games, which it admits is not "native." The class allegations in the suit are negligent misrepresentation, false advertisement, unfair competition and fraud in the inducement.

Adore is represented by Edelson PC, the same firm currently suing Gearbox and Sega in a similar case, and seeks over $5,000,000 from Sony.

13 Comments

Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend

268 608 2.3
OMG Really!!?? Un-fucking-believable.....

Posted:3 months ago

#1

Andrew Jakobs Lead Programmer

241 99 0.4
Well, it actually does have native 1080p...... The package is correct, it says the game has "1080p HD video output" and that's exactly what it got..
The man is just in it for the money, if a judge grants him $5.000.000 then the system is really fubar.... Which also means you can sue any company, for instance AXE deoderant, according to every commercial they have, spraying yourself with their deoderant will have women immediatly swarm around you.. Well, I spray myself every morning with it, and guess what, I'm still waiting for the women to swarm... Or how about a macdonals hamburger, the image they show in their advertisment doesn't look the same as what you actually get... Or how about the claim of car manufacturer Peugot, "you feel better in a peugot", well sorry, but I'm feeling much more comfortable in my 18 year old Jeep cherokee...

Posted:3 months ago

#2
Hahaha :). How does that amount of damages come from anything? Go refund the game!

Unbelievable!

Posted:3 months ago

#3

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,194 1,170 0.5
Ah, now THIS is the "entitled gamer" we need to knock upside the fool head with comments for stupid shit like this. What a waste of skin. I hope the judge tosses this case in the trash and makes him pay Sony's legal fees. Yeesh.

Posted:3 months ago

#4

Paul Jace Merchandiser

945 1,433 1.5
Last week Sony said that EA's Vault didn't represent good value and now Mr. Ladore is claiming that Sony's Killzone game graphics aren't of good value either. Small world. And then theres this....

"Sony's marketing and on-box representations turned out to be nothing more than fiction"
I guess Mr. Ladore doesn't realize that the video game world of Killzone is in fact science fiction. He really shouldn't be all that surprised.

Posted:3 months ago

#5
Should have legislation against legal trolls and frivolous lawsuits seeking to just cash in

Posted:3 months ago

#6

Hugo Dubs Interactive Designer

163 24 0.1
I think that the fact women do not swarm around you while you used some AXE should be punished too. about 50% of the population (if it's not more) is stupid enough to believe more than 50% that what ads are saying. this is not a news but I think ads and what you say about your product should be restricted to strict truth. No fantasy.

Saying that you feel better in a Peugeot is useless. You can't verify it, it's not a fact, and it shouldn't be part a promotional content.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Hugo Dubs on 8th August 2014 6:10pm

Posted:3 months ago

#7

Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange

238 185 0.8
Not sure what "temporal reproduction" is but if that's just a fancy name for up-scaling to 1080p then SONY needs to pay up. When you put "1080p" on the packaging people are expecting it to be native resolution.

Posted:3 months ago

#8

Adam Campbell Associate Producer, Miniclip Ltd

1,198 1,011 0.8
if that's just a fancy name for up-scaling to 1080p then SONY needs to pay up
Pay up $5,000,000?

Posted:3 months ago

#9

Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany

833 668 0.8
"Sony's marketing and on-box representations turned out to be nothing more than fiction"

Just like your morals... and your real life considering how important resolution is for you, kid...

Posted:3 months ago

#10

Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis

390 211 0.5
Unless the packaging says "Native 1080p" then I'd be surprised if this goes anywhere, especially a $5m kind somewhere. If the judge does side with the player then the most I can see is a ruling that suggests future games must explicitly say "Native 1080p" or "Upscaled 1080p" or "temporal reproduction 1080p" etc to avoid confusion in future.

Posted:3 months ago

#11

Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange

238 185 0.8
If that's what it takes to deter companies from putting false info on the product's label to protect consumers then so be it. But I doubt it will be in that amount as it can be settled just like with SEGA and the Aliens law suit.

Posted:3 months ago

#12

Andrzej Wroblewski Localization Generalist, Albion Localisations

103 78 0.8
That's why brainwashed people should attend re-education classes in Ethics... I swear: 20 years ago I would've never imagined that people would one day treat obvious lies as "white noise" - without any frustration or at least feeling of being treated indecently. Or even defend liars!

Unbelievable!!!

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Andrzej Wroblewski on 20th August 2014 4:48pm

Posted:3 months ago

#13

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