After two blockbuster titles and another one on the way, writer Jonathan Bissoon-Dath and map-maker Jennifer Barrette-Herzog sued SCEA and game designer David Jaffe for alleged copyright infringement involving elements from the God of War game series.
Filed in late February 2008, the plaintiff's suit said that Kratos's adventures shares similar elements of plot, characters, themes, timelines and more with several of Bissoon-Dath's fictional work. According to the report, the plaintiffs have sent their work to Sony three years prior to the initial God of War's release in 2005. One of the similarity claims against Sony and Jaffe reads:
- "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..."
Naturally, Sony and Jaffe have denied the allegations, saying that the plaintiff's work relies on public domain (Greek mythology) and the claims are "inaccurate, incomplete, abstracted and/or misleading". Both parties demand reimbursements for legal fees.
Meanwhile, Bisson-Dath and Barrette-Herzog are speaking with lawyers in their suit against The Odyssey author Homer, Hercules TV persona Kevin Sorbo and George Lucas.