Ubisoft Sued By American Author Over Assassin’s Creed Story
The Assassinâ€™s Creed developer could end up paying $5.25 million over story similarities.
The American sci-fi author and research engineer John L. Beiswenger is suing Ubisoft for allegedly stealing ideas from his 2002 novel, Link, and using them in the Assassinâ€™s Creed games, GamesIndustry International has reported.
Like the Assassinâ€™s Creed games, Beiswengerâ€™s novel explores the idea of memories of ancestors being â€œre-experiencedâ€ through a machine called the â€œBio-synchroniserâ€. The legal complaint also attempts to link the â€œspiritual and biblical tonesâ€ of the novel and the games, including â€œreferences made to Jesus and God, the Garden of Eden, and forbidden fruitâ€.
One extract from the novel reads:
â€œIf John Wilkes Booth fathered a child after he assassinated Lincoln, and we found a descendant alive today, we could place Booth at the scene and perhaps smell the gunpowder. Ancestral memories? As far back as you wantâ€.
Beiswenger is looking to get â€œdamages in an amount not less than $1.05 millionâ€, and is aiming as high as $5.25 million if the ruling judge decides Ubisoft is guilty of copyright infringement. He is also trying to prevent the release of Assassinâ€™s Creed 3 and all other future Assassin’s Creed related media.
Some of the ideas in the novel and the games might be similar, but the whole thing looks an awful lot like a win-win situation for Beiswenger. At worst, the fiasco will give massive promotion to his fairly obscure Â novel, and if he gets his way, he’ll be getting a huge dollop of cash as well. Also, is it seriouslyÂ feasible to go around suing people for being influenced by the Bible,Â Â the best selling book in history, because you were as well? If it is, all I need is a lawyer and a story vaguely resembling the story of creation and my financial troubles are solved forever!