A US novelist is suing Ubisoft for what he claims is a breach of copyright with the Assassin's Creed franchise. The Plaintiff's book has been available since 2003, while the first Assassin's Creed was released in 2007.
John Beiswenger is the author of "Link", a sci-fi novel that features "the conception and creation of a device and process whereby ancestral memories can be accessed, recalled, relived, and re-experienced by the user", something he obviously links
to the Animus device in the Assassin's Creed games. He also claims the game's "assassins" component is also derived from his book, which has several plot points involving assassins, and the assassinations of high-ranking government officials.
The allegations are being made against a whole host of Assassin's Creed material, from all four of the major games released thus far, to expanded lore literature and beyond. He's even asking for an injunction to stop the release of Assassin's Creed 3 (due out this October) and is asking for USD$1.05 million in damages and a further USD$5.25 million if the judge finds in favour of copyright infringement.
You can read the full filed complaint right here
(thanks Patent Arcade