Is the Assassin’s Creed franchise guilty of theft?

The templars may not be the only force Desmond and his ancestors have to worry about.

Gamasutra reports that John Beiswenger is suing Ubisoft and Gametrailers for $5.25 million, claiming 11 counts of copyright infringement across the franchise’s videogames, comics, and trailers. The copyright infringement papers state the author and research engineer published his novel, Link, five years before the first Assassin’s Creed game and that the Ubisoft series borrows heavily from his story.

Specifically, Link features a device and a lab whose use allows the characters to relive the memories of their ancestors. Beiswenger says his novel has “spiritual and biblical tones” found in Assassin’s Creed. He also claims the book makes references to assassins and assassinations with regards to the Link device, just like the Animus in Assassin’s Creed, and that Assassin’s Creed stole the battle between good and evil right from the pages of Link.

George Lucas may want to look into this, because I suspect Beiswenger may have stolen the idea of good versus evil from Star Wars.

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