Back in April Geoff posted up an article about how an author of a little know book had started legal proceedings against Ubisoft to stop the release of Assassin’s Creed 3 and to claim back royalties from all the previous releases.
Well you’ll be ecstatic to know, and completely unsurprised, that his lawsuit has not succeeded and the release date of Assassin’s Creed 3 will not be released at all.
Unfortunately this may not be the end of it as the lawsuit never made it to trial but rather the plaintiff has decided to voluntarily drop the lawsuit, without prejudice, while still claiming that Ubisoft did in fact steal his idea.
In the words of his lawyer
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
But in reality, if they believe a trial would have ended in their favour they wouldn’t have dropped the lawsuit now would they?
All in all this looks like just another attempted cash grab that Ubisoft had to waste money on, who else thinks the legal system is weighted too heavily in the direction of plaintiffs at the moment?