The lawsuit from author John Beiswenger, claiming that large parts of the Assassin’s Creed story were stolen from his book, Link, has been settled out of court. Ubisoft and Beiswenger have reached a settlement that will prevent a release delay of Assassin’s Creed III view Beiswenger’s voluntary dismissal of the suit. However, the terminology still leaves things open from Beiswenger to re-open the suit further down the line, and he claims that he still stands behind his belief that the source material is originally his. His representative had the following to say:
“My client’s decision to exercise his right to voluntarily dismiss the action, without prejudice, in no way diminishes his stalwart conviction in the merit of his claims against Ubisoft. He is unwavering in his belief that many key components of the Assassin’s Creed video game franchise infringe on many key components of his novel, Link. We believe Ubisoft has engaged in egregious acts of copyright infringement and, should he choose to seek redress through the courts in the future, we remain confident that a trier of fact would agree.”
For those that haven’t kept up with the story, Beiswenger claims that the ideas for the technology used in the Animus device were first presented in his book, Link, a self-published novel that had very little circulation. Those same ideas were also present in books prior to Link, and this settlement basically proves that the whole suit was likely just a cash-grab by a failed author trying to make some quick coin.