Man Seeks $5 Million in Lawsuit Against Sony Over Killzone: Shadow Fall Graphics

California man Douglas Ladore is suing Sony for more than $5,000,000 because "Killzone: Shadow Fall" does not render graphics in native 1080p resolution.

Sony has suffered tremendous financial losses over the last two years due to a restructuring of the company as a whole, selling off whole divisions, and the massive research and development costs of the PlayStation 4, and just when profits from the sale of the next-gen console put Sony back in the black financially tragedy strikes again.

A California man, Douglas Ladore, has filed a class-action lawsuit against Sony for more than $5,000,000 alleging that PlayStation 4 launch title Killzone: Shadow Fall's graphics do not run at 1080p resolution as advertised.

In the face of these allegations, Killzone's developer Guerrilla Games released information about a process they used in the game called 'temporal reprojection' which allows rendering of a full 1080p image graphically but utilizes only a 960 by 1080 resolution. This means Killzone: Shadow Fall delivers a 1080p graphics experience but does not have a native 1080p resolution, according to the allegations of the suit.

A picture's worth a thousand words...or $5,000,000. At least, that's how much Killzone: Shadow Fall's 'temporal reprojection' may cost Sony in this class-action suit.

Ladore and the firm representing him - Edelson PC - are seeking more than $5,000,000 for charges of unfair competition, negligent misrepresentation, false advertisement, and fraud in the inducement. Commenters at Gamespot as well as other video game forums have noted that the suit is well-timed to coincide with Sony's financial recovery.

With $5,000,000 on the table in Ladore's suit against Sony one cannot help but notice the timing now that Sony has started to see a profit from the PlayStation 4.

Sony has declined to comment on the allegations as per their policy of silence on all upcoming or ongoing litigation, but the excessive amount the suit is for combined with the fact that it deals with the launch of the PlayStation 4 so much time after the fact certainly makes it appear that the goal of the suit is to line pockets rather than to punish Sony or protect consumers.

What do you think? Let us know how you feel in the comments below, and keep checking GameSkinny for the latest developments in gaming news.

Published Aug. 7th 2014
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  • Blizzardwon
    Looks to me like a lot of what's going on in the industry is backwards, for consoles they're trying to improve the resolution and for PC gamers' they're trying to reduce it, looks to me like they're afraid all these console fans' are going to jump boat, especially after shoving DRM down the throats of all their PC customers', nothing to fallback on; that's what it looks like to me and now their console fans' are turning on them.

    It appears like it could be considered false advertising if not clearly marked on the box, but to be fair in my assessment, the 1080p non native looks exactly like native 1080p to my eye and I don't play console games.

    I bet after discovering this the judge will say it's a frivolous lawsuit and it will be thrown out of court in favor of the defendant.
  • Valchrist_4018
    It's a class action suit. All these comments like 'I think he's right but he doesn't deserve 5 million' miss the whole point that HE doesn't get the money personally. It's a CLASS ACTION SUIT.

    Read the damn words! They're right there.

    This means that all of the people who bought this game are able to apply for compensation from the 5 million dollar pool. Sony's privacy breach settlement was rendered in giving it's users free games for example. You benefited from that suit, and you belittle this guy for no reason?

    It's about time video game producers stop cheaping out on software and falsely advertising their products. This suit acts on this by demanding the developers return a small portion of their profits based on the FACT that they sold it under false pretences.
  • topher339
    Sounds like some one is out for some money...
  • Travis McGee
    Featured Correspondent
    I honestly felt kinda bad researching and presenting this article because that was my exact feeling every step of the way. lol
  • Chai Chien Liang
    He waited a really long time to sue for this, the game was released a long time ago, why didn't he do it then? Frivolous lawsuit!
  • Travis McGee
    Featured Correspondent
    That's how I feel as well. Still, there is always the chance that maybe he filed for the suit that long ago and it's only just now coming to light or only just now getting court attention. The details on it aren't very specific so far.
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    This is pretty hilarious right here haha. I do agree with the accusation that they advertised 1080p but it is not 1080p, but I just don't think anyone in their right mind deserves 5 million dollars for that haha. If anything it should be like a open money back return or something, so ya maybe he should just sue for $60 haha. Frivolous lawsuit is an understatement :P
  • Travis McGee
    Featured Correspondent
    Yeah, especially when you consider that the firm filing the class action for him is the same firm that attempted to sue Sony and EA back in 2011. I imagine the $5 million price tag on the suit is to predominantly cover the firms fee.

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