Author sues Ubisoft over Assassin’s Creed's Story

Wizerzak

Because I'm a potato!
OP
Member
Joined
May 30, 2010
Messages
2,784
Trophies
0
Age
26
Location
United Kingdom
XP
852
Country
Assassins-Creed-3-not-waiting-on-720-and-PS4.jpg

Science fiction author and product research engineer John Beiswenger has filed a lawsuit against video game publisher Ubisoft and website GameTrailers.com over alleged copyright infringement in the popular Assassin’s Creed franchise.



Beiswenger believes there are similarities between the Assassin’s Creed storyline and his 2002 novel Link, according to the complaint filed in a Pennsylvania district court. The novel’s plot includes the creation of a device that allows people to access and relive ancestral memories. The video game series, first launched in 2007, features a similar device called the Animus that allows the protagonist, Desmond Miles, to relive the memories of his killer ancestors.

The complaint states that characters in Link experience “notable and historical moments” through their ancestors’ memories, and the novel makes numerous references to assassins and assassinations.

In Link, Beiswenger writes:

"If 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 want."

The novel contains biblical and spiritual tones, referencing God, Jesus, the Garden of Eden, and forbidden fruit. Assassin’s Creed also makes use of religious themes. Players are often tasked with recovering mind-controlling artifacts called Pieces of Eden, and Adam and Eve are mentioned in the storyline as well.

Beiswenger is seeking a minimum of $1.05 million in damages for 11 counts of copyright infringement. This includes every game in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, as well as the official guide, the Assassin’s Creed Encyclopedia, the DC Comics series Assassin’s Creed: The Fall, and video trailers that appeared on GameTrailers.com. On top of that, he wants to stop the release of Assassin's Creed 3.

GamesBeat contacted Ubisoft for this story, but the company says it does not comment on ongoing litigation.



Somehow I very much doubt the whole game will be halted, but I'm very intrigued as to how this will turn out - especially if this writer has a strong case.
 

impizkit

Lazy Lurker
Member
Joined
Apr 6, 2010
Messages
942
Trophies
0
XP
139
Country
I will tell you how it will play out. Ubisoft will pay big bucks to the Author and the game will still be made. Why did it take this joker 5+ years to file a complaint?
 
  • Like
Reactions: 2 people

Qtis

Grey Knight Inquisitor
Member
Joined
Feb 28, 2010
Messages
3,817
Trophies
1
Location
The Forge
XP
1,715
Country
Antarctica
I will tell you how it will play out. Ubisoft will pay big bucks to the Author and the game will still be made. Why did it take this joker 5+ years to file a complaint?
Most likely this is another case of the typical "wait till it's really profitable!" It's not unheard of, but quite clearly stupid. I doubt this can be made into a solid case since it's a story. Kinda like the Da Vinci Code again. Won't happen..
 

shakirmoledina

Legend
Member
Joined
Oct 23, 2004
Messages
6,613
Trophies
0
Age
33
Location
Dar es Salaam
Website
vfootball.co.nf
XP
810
Country
Tanzania
nah its not going anywhere. similarity does not mean same because then matrix and inception all have some ideas that are similar although this story is the closest. but then again reference to biblical things does not mean copying. having assassins even doesnt matter much but the specifics about assasins mentioned in the book has to be checked.

if they say there was an assassin fighitng against templars and he required a device such as an apple that is that owned by adam then we can say real copying. this current info is quite hazy to be said to be copied.

BUT ubi will have to work for it.
 

Tsuteto

Well-Known Member
Member
Joined
Apr 9, 2012
Messages
107
Trophies
0
Age
34
Location
Salt Lake City, UT
XP
202
Country
United States
Clearly someone from this community just needs to go and read the book and see if there is any direct similarities.

But, yeah, I highly doubt the next game will be stopped. Furthermore, music somewhere and some point has copied another song in one fashion or another. Same thing with stories.
 

notmeanymore

Well-Known Member
Member
Joined
Nov 29, 2009
Messages
2,700
Trophies
1
XP
691
Country
United States
3 things.

1. I'm sure he'll get damages, not quite 1.05mil, but a fair amount.
2. The game won't be halted.
3. The US government must be insane if they think its possible for any entity to be able to know with 100% certainty that an idea hasn't already been had by someone else. The law should be changed to reflect only deliberate plagiarism requiring damages, and accidental plagiarism being handled differently in some manner.
 

Another World

Emulate the Planet!
Former Staff
Joined
Jan 3, 2008
Messages
10,578
Trophies
0
Age
46
Location
From Where???
Website
wiki.gbatemp.net
XP
5,372
Country
Colombia
he will never be able to prove they intended to rip him off, even if they do have a copy of his novel on every dev's desk. the idea of tracing back events through memories is an old sci-fi trick. i can think of a few books that offered up a solution to time travel through these methods.

good luck to this guy.

-another world
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 person

Gahars

Bakayaro Banzai
Member
Joined
Aug 5, 2011
Messages
10,255
Trophies
0
XP
14,603
Country
United States
This is a case he'd have no real chance of winning; the guy's probably pulling this stunt in the hopes of getting some free publicity and (if he's lucky) a lucrative settlement.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 person

Guild McCommunist

(not on boat)
Member
Joined
May 6, 2009
Messages
18,148
Trophies
0
Age
29
Location
The Danger Zone
XP
10,228
Country
United States
So he waits until Assassin's Creed 3 to bring this up?

Because there haven't been 4 other Assassin's Creed games featuring the same exact concept?

Also, people rip themes and stuff from sci-fi all the time. God knows how many films and other sci-fi works there are that blatantly plagiarize ideas from Star Wars or Star Trek.

Odds are Ubisoft will win with better lawyers and, even if they have to pay millions, they're gonna be making shitloads on AC3 anyway.
 

Zetta_x

The Insane Statistician
Member
Joined
Mar 4, 2010
Messages
1,844
Trophies
0
Age
33
XP
574
Country
United States
"I wrote it down...The idea should be entitled to me even if other people had thought about it... I wrote the motha down in a book" is what he shoulda said
 

Actinopterygian Melospiza

Well-Known Member
Newcomer
Joined
Mar 19, 2012
Messages
83
Trophies
0
Age
29
Location
Raleigh
XP
92
Country
United States
So he waits until Assassin's Creed 3 to bring this up?
Don't get me wrong, I think the lawsuit is stupid, but why do people keep saying things like this? Why do people assume everyone has heard of a game, much less knows what it's about? Go out in public and ask every adult what the game Assassin's Creed is about. The majority will probably be, "what's that?" or "I've heard about it but have no idea what it's about."
 
  • Like
Reactions: 2 people

The Milkman

GBATemp's Official Asshat Milkman
Member
Joined
Jan 12, 2011
Messages
3,471
Trophies
0
Age
26
Location
Throwing milk at the bitches!
XP
1,317
Country
United States
Wow. That's a real dick move. I would understand if he wasn't pretty much trying to sue because someone used the same Cliché as him. If it was about people reliving the memories of primaraly ASSASINS. Then it would have been more justifiable.
 

GreatZimkogway

Still a Touhou Fanatic
Member
Joined
Jul 21, 2009
Messages
2,141
Trophies
0
Location
Senkai
XP
542
Country
United States
I'm kinda surprised people are saying that it's no case because it's been used before, and then mention time travel. Last I checked, there's no actual time travel involved. They're viewing events directly from their DNA. Using a specific machine, to view their ancestors memories. I can't say I've seen another thing with that exact plotpoint in anything else but AC3.
 

MegaAce™

Steal back your future.
Member
Joined
Nov 28, 2008
Messages
1,698
Trophies
0
Age
27
XP
493
Country
Gambia, The
I'm kinda surprised people are saying that it's no case because it's been used before, and then mention time travel. Last I checked, there's no actual time travel involved. They're viewing events directly from their DNA. Using a specific machine, to view their ancestors memories. I can't say I've seen another thing with that exact plotpoint in anything else but AC3.

Well, every other AC game uses that exact plotpoint too, so he could have stopped the franchise after the first game, but he hasn't.
 

You may also like...

General chit-chat
Help Users
  • No one is chatting at the moment.
  • FAST6191 @ FAST6191:
    On a different note entirely I randomly ended up on a hardware mods website. Lot of stuff for the GBA and DS it seems that I had missed entirely.
  • FAST6191 @ FAST6191:
    as well as the option to pay $2 for a surface mount standard fuse
  • Oleboy555 @ Oleboy555:
    i use re vanced
  • K3N1 @ K3N1:
    VPN YouTube premium $15 a year with a Turkey connection lol
  • M4x1mumReZ @ M4x1mumReZ:
    D, E, F, G...
  • cearp @ cearp:
    @FAST6191 - totally agree. not sure the reasons people use vanced/revanced over newpipe.
    I guess it's because of people still wanting to use their yt account (with vanced)?
    +1
  • cearp @ cearp:
    when I use newpipe, I am not signed in, no ads, have exportable watch lists etc... really good.
  • luotesi @ luotesi:
    Does anyone have a golden cheat for D2R v1.0.2.0?Like Money、Exp。
  • M4x1mumReZ @ M4x1mumReZ:
    Look elsewhere or make your own
  • Psionic Roshambo @ Psionic Roshambo:
    With hookers and booze!!!
  • x65943 @ x65943:
    damn that robot just knew to put the whole bottle of ketchup on the hamburger somehow
  • Sonic Angel Knight @ Sonic Angel Knight:
    Or put mustard on hamburger :ninja:
  • x65943 @ x65943:
    we are living in the future
  • K3N1 @ K3N1:
    Yeah cheese is a thing now
  • Julie_Pilgrim @ Julie_Pilgrim:
    ok if sony, xbox or nintendo arent going to e3 then
  • Julie_Pilgrim @ Julie_Pilgrim:
    who the fuck is going???
  • Julie_Pilgrim @ Julie_Pilgrim:
    are they just gonna have like a blank stage or something
  • Veho @ Veho:
    Indie devs.
  • Veho @ Veho:
    Instead of the "big three", you'll have the "little million".
  • Veho @ Veho:
    It will be two minutes per show.
  • Veho @ Veho:
    Instead of Sony holding a two hour conference, there will be sixty small devs holding two minute conferences.
    Veho @ Veho: Instead of Sony holding a two hour conference, there will be sixty small devs holding two minute...