Sony Sued Over ‘Killzone: Shadow Fall’ Graphics

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Sony Computer Entertainment in California's Northern District Court accusing the company of falsely advertising that the PS4 launch title Killzone: Shadow Fall featured 1080p graphics. The lawsuit filed by plaintiff Douglas Ladore is seeking certification as a class and designating Ladore as the lead plaintiff in the case.

The lawsuit alleges that Sony promised 1080p single and multiplayer graphics in marketing materials, in advertisements, interviews, and more prior to Killzone: Shadow Fall being released alongside the PS4 last November. The lawsuit also points to the game's packaging claiming that it features a "1080p HD video output" logo on the back of the box.

Digital Foundry analyzed the game back in March of this year and found that Killzone's multiplayer mode outputs natively in 960×1080 resolution, instead of the 1920×1080 standard for "1080p." The game's developer, Guerrilla Games, said in response to that report that it used "temporal projection" pixel filling to provide what it called "subjectively similar results" to native 1080p rendering.

But in the lawsuit the plaintiff says that, while this method for outputting 1080p might be "novel," it is not the "'native 1080p' Sony promised" to consumers. The complaint goes on to say that, "Had Plaintiff known that Killzone’s multiplayer mode was not running at a graphics resolution of 1080p, he would have not have purchased Killzone at all, or would have paid substantially less for it."

The complaint accuses Sony of false advertising, breach of warranty, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and unjust enrichment. It calls for the lawsuit to be certified as a class, and for Sony to pay "restitution in the form of disgorgement of all revenue derived from sales of Killzone: Shadow Fall" as well as "all economic, monetary, actual, consequential, statutory and compensatory damages caused by Defendant’s conduct, and if the conduct is proven to be willful, award Plaintiff and the Class exemplary damages."

You can check out the 29-page complaint here (PDF).

Source: Polygon by way of Andrew Eisen.

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