Author Dismisses Suit Over Similarities Between Book and ‘Assassin’s Creed’

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Author Dismisses Assassin's Creed Suit

The book can finally be closed on author John Beiswenger’s lawsuit with Ubisoft over similarities between his book Link and the Assassin’s Creed franchise. While Beiswenger’s case, which claims that Ubisoft stole/borrowed specific ideas from his book (namely the use of a device to experience ancestral memories), resulted in Link suffering some serious gamer backlash, the author remained steadfast in his goal: to delay Assassin’s Creed 3 from its October release date…permanently.

As expected, however, Ubisoft‘s headache has come to an end, or at least Beiswenger has seen the error of his ways, and Assassin’s Creed 3 is back on track for release. Rather than Ubisoft having to pay out a hefty sum to Beiswenger in order to acquire the rights to his book and for damages, the author himself dismissed the suit.

Earlier this year, Beiswenger’s lawyer issued a statement that claimed his client was unfazed by the negative reaction, and believed himself still to be in the right. That must have changed.

Since Beiswenger dismissed the suit, though, this means that he has the right to re-open the claim within a year. That also means that Assassin’s Creed 3 might be safe, but it doesn’t mean that Assassin’s Creed 4 is.

No reason is given for Beiswenger’s change of heart, only that he chose to exercise his right to dismiss it at any time. Maybe preliminary discussions scared the guy off, or maybe Ubisoft vowed to cut him into a small share of AC3‘s sure-to-be-hefty profits, there’s no way of knowing.

While it seemed like in the end both parties would end up winning — Beiswenger with a nice settlement and Ubisoft being able to release Assassin’s Creed on October 30th — things just didn’t work out for the author. And to make matters worse this will give gamers even more ammunition to wage against him.

Did you ever expect Beiswenger’s lawsuit to make it to the trial phase and potentially delay the release of Assassin’s Creed 3? Is this the last we hear of the author and his novel?

Source: Gamesta

TAGS: Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed 3, Ubisoft


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  1. Perhaps he knew he didn’t have a leg to stand on, that you can’t copyright an idea.

    • You are right. You can’t patent or copyright an idea (There are more than 20 U.S. patents with my name listed). But you can copyright graphic descriptions within a literary piece, and therein lies the problem. Read LINK and I believe you will recognize the Animus 2.0 (baby) described in great detail.

      • No doubt I must agree. Recently read it myself and must say: I felt as though it was the aniums. However it was a similar thing to say the chair in Matrix could also be mistaken as the same thing. I supported your claim on the ground that authors, regardless as to how small are squashed upon by those with more money. I vote it be reopened next year for round two. I like Assassin’s creed, but if the idea of LINK was used to create the Animus, I think compensation is, if nothing more, a generous gesture.

      • Did quite a bit of reading and book reviewing on this book. Seems like the grammar and editing in the book itself is atrocious, and many ideas were stolen to write this book as well.
        Furthermore, this whole lawsuit was just a ploy to raise sales on a never living book.

        Beiswenger didn’t get me though, I just pirated the book, and the least I can say is that I’ve read better.

  2. He got money from Gametrailers who was also being sued. If he was after getting some money for a very similar idea to his book, fine, throw him a bone and be gone, but to try and shut down the games release!?! I didn’t know he was after such a cut-throat endeavor. I read that he gave it up due to financial constraints maintaining a suit for the time needed to reach a final judgment. It could be very possible that Ubisoft and Mr. Crybaby had a secret meeting to end it with a suitcase full of money, and a confidentiality agreement so Ubisoft can save face with the gamers. He got a ton of publicity for his book out of this too.

    • Who said he was trying to get rid of AC3’s release? I read that it was only possible to do so.

      • They did, in this article, state he was after stopping AC3 from ever being released.

        • So his intentions were to rid of AC3 or the fanchise all together? I figured he wanted a piece of the pie, not the whole cake. It doesn’t say that in this article.

          • “the author remained steadfast in his goal: to delay Assassin’s Creed 3 from its October release date…permanently.”
            This is from the second half of the second sentence in this article. Permanently means no release ever. The game dies before it goes public. Read the whole thing before you retort.

          • Guess that’s what I get for skimming and being lazy, oh well.

          • Considering I read these at work, most likely on the toilet, from my phone. So I skim a little.

  3. If you make a fuss and don’t stick to your guns then you FA!L on an epic proportion!

    • What are you 12?

      • Ouch burn

      • If you knew me personally you’d probably hate me. I have a very unusual sense of humor, we’d probably fight if you said that to my face because I’m emotional, and since I’m only 12 you have a pretty decent chance of winning.

        • HAHA! just ignore me. I go on her during work too. Its fun to rant opinions, but I never mean anything personal. Some people on here take things WAAAY to personal though. Your cool in my book. I wouldn’t fight you, but I would buy you a beer…even if your underage ;D

          • Haha well I am of age, and a beer sounds like a piece of heaven right now!

          • I feel a date coming on! <3

  4. He stood in the fire too long for no gain.

  5. I filed the Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction in federal court because I believe authors should vigorously defend their rights in their creative works. Otherwise, the laws protecting those rights simply have no purpose. Regrettably, the resources required to defend those rights are unavailable to many individual creators so rampant infringement appears to occur with impunity. For more information regarding the novel LINK, visit

    • LOL this guy…lmfao 1st of all, I woulda killed him if he delayed and/or cancelled the release of AC3. And 2ndly, this guy is a damn genius! As if he didn’t get enough publicity for his book, he now comes commenting on these articles AND advertising both his website, and book. LOL Talk about desperate money grabbing..

    • Gonna assume/pretend you’re legit:

      If this was just an attempt to get attention on your book, you could have gone about a better route. If you’re an artist, can’t you see that a video game has not detracted in any way from your work? Even if they did use the same idea, even if hypothetically they read Link and went, “we need to make this a video game,” it doesn’t cheapen the experience of the original material AT ALL. If you think Assassin’s Creed borrowed from you, read Alamut. It REALLY borrowed from that. And I honestly loved both. I’m not sure why you’d believe that because they’re doing something similar, that it undermines your work in the slightest. It really doesn’t. If you wrote a great book, it’s gonna stay great. Period.

      • Well said.

    • Highly doubt this is legit…proof? GR isn’t the top trafficked gaming news site, you’d think he’d go to kotaku or IGN or something.

      I seem to prefer GR though.

    • When you pick your nose John, it WILL get full again three minutes later. Remember this John, why do they call it taking a dump when your leaving one? I mean your not taking it anywhere are you? Just like this lawsuit. leave your dump at home, not for everyone to see on the internet.

  6. Glad that’s over. I do feel a little sorry for the guy though. Doubt he knew what he was getting into.

  7. Really? I didn’t mind the fact that the author was going after Ubi over this. If I felt like my ideas that had been down on paper for several years had been stolen, I would try to mess up a big business too. Now as to whether or not they actually did, I won’t argue with. I read the book after this lawsuit was filed to get my perspective, and although it isn’t exactly like the AC series, I can see why this man got upset. And as for Gamerant itself: ” or at least Beiswenger has seen the error of his ways ” Really guys? You are a game journalism site, not a blog. Quit posting your opinions about topics, it makes you look childish.

  8. I read the book and I see no correlation between AC and Link. This lawsuit is purely for publicity.

  9. Lamebrain (I’m sure you’re not): Read again Chapter 16, Status Report. Compare the graphic description of the Link lab and equipment to the graphics of the Animus 2.0 lab and equipment. Let me know what you think.

  10. Arore: You are a gentleman and a scholar. Like I said to Lamebrain (that’s his name, not my opinion), read again Chapter 16, “Status Report.” Compare the graphic description of the Link lab and equipment to the graphics of the Animus 2.0 lab and equipment. Let me know what you think.

  11. john im a huge fan of asassins creed and id appericiate it if you reframed from stopping the releas. im a wwriter toand understad your feelings, but by doing this your hurting alotof people.

  12. an sorry for any spellig errors im typing real fast ona tiny keyboard

    • Canyun, no worry about the spelling, but the Ubisoft lawsuit is all over. Nothing more to say. However, I would appreciate a visit to Scroll down to the bottom. Best regards, John

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