Capcom Suing Koei Tecmo for Patent Infringement
We've always wanted to see Chun-Li and Cammy take on the girls from Dead or Alive, just not like this.
Siliconera reports that Capcom is suing Koei Tecmo for patent infringement, which is likely based on Capcom's idea of releasing expansion discs along with the original disc of a game in a repackaged or re-released version of an older game. Originally reported by Sankei, Capcom is apparently suing Koei Tecmo over Samurai Warriors: Xtreme Legends and 49 other games for roughly ¥980 million, which roughly translates to $9.43 million.
According to Capcom's lawsuit, the company patented the idea that lets you create a new game by combining an older game with another piece of software in the same package. The lawsuit suggests that Capcom means releasing a game with its expansion discs, which Xtreme Legends did. We should note that plenty of other games outside of Koei Tecmo have done this as well, such as many Game of the Year re-releases of popular titles.
The lawsuit mentions another patent infringement that includes a controller-vibrating notification that occurs whenever enemies are nearby in your game. The report claims that Koei Tecmo has seen almost ¥10 billion in total sales, and Capcom wants roughly 5-10% of its license fees along with the the removal of these titles from store shelves.