Sci-fi author John Beiswenger has decided to drop his copyright infringement lawsuit against Assassin’s Creed publisher Ubisoft, although he has retained the right to reopen the case in future.
Beiswenger has previously decided to sue Ubisoft on the grounds that the Assassin’s Creed series stole ideas from his novel Link (2002). Link tells a story involving memories of ancesters being recalled and relived with the help of a device known as a “Bio-synchronizer”.
In truth, it doesn’t sound a million miles away from the Animus system in Assassin’s Creed.
Beiswenger says that he’s dropping the case so that he can focus his finances on other business matters. Kelley Clements Keller, Beiswenger’s lawyer, gave the following statement:
“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.”