John Beiswenger has sued Ubisoft over the alleged similarities between the Assassin’s Creed series and his 2003 book, Link.
Beiswenger’s book details “the conception and creation of a link device and process whereby ancestral memories can be accessed, recalled, relived, and re-experienced by the user,” reads the Complaint. The novelist sees Assassin’s Creed’s Animus as an infringement of his copyright.
The book also mentions assassins fighting the forces of evil for control of the device. As with Assassin’s Creed, Link makes regular references to Adam and Eve, forbidden fruit and the Garden of Eden.
Beiswenger seeks US$1.05 million in damages and up to US$5.25 million if the judge determines Ubisoft knowingly infringed on his copyright.
Beiswenger also seeks to stop the release of Assassin’s Creed III.
Ubisoft has yet to make an official comment.