John L. Beiswenger, author of the novel ‘Link’, is set to sue Ubisoft in a case that could potentially indefinitely delay the release of Assassin’s Creed 3. Beiswenger is suing Ubisoft over claims of similarities between his novel ‘Link’ and the Assassins Creed franchise.
Beiswenger’s novel, which was released in 2002, is based around the ability to use ‘new scientific hardware for the purpose of recalling and re-living ancestral memories of participants’. The lawsuit highlights many similarities between the two, including specific narrative themes and even the use of individual words. The document includes a variety of excerpts from ‘Link’, which refers to assassins, assassinations and the technology used to conduct the experiments.
On page 10 of the legal document, it states that both Beiswenger’s novel and the Assassin’s Creed games contain spiritual and biblical themes, mentioning similarities such as ‘Jesus and God, Adam and Eve and forbidden fruit’ and ‘interactions with historically accurate people and places.’
Beiswenger is seeking damages of $1,050,000, with that amount rising to a hefty $5,250,000 if the judge rules that Ubisoft willingly and intentionally infringed on his copyrights by stealing material from his novel. Beiswenger also requests that, if Ubisoft is found guilty of copyright infringment, they be forced to cease development, production and release of Assassin’s Creed 3 and all other products associated with it.
To be honest, I think this will be end up settled out of court, or in Ubisoft’s favor. I’m not really all that worried, as Ubisoft is, you know, a multi million dollar company that can afford lawyers more expensive than my house. In the meantime, though, just have a cup of tea and wait for all this to blow over.