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Assassin's Creed books cancelled

Assassin's Creed books cancelled

Just like this poor chap, the Assassin's Creed books have come to an unfortunate end..

A trilogy of books based on the upcoming Ubisoft title, Assassin's Creed which we previewed recently, has been cancelled it appears after problems arose with the content.

The books were to be penned by Steve Barnes, a best-selling author and screenwriter. Seems book tie-ins are more popular than ever at the moment as well, with Halo and Mass Effect notably getting prequel novels for fans to read more about the game universe in.

Barnes claims in his blog that the books were coming along fine and that the first title was pretty much done until problems arose when the descendants of the actual assassins group featured in the game and book got in touch. The group is now part of the Ismaeli sect and is led by the Agha Khan in India. More importantly, they weren't very happy with Barnes or Ubisoft.

Kush says that threats were made - though he isn't specific on what threats they were - and that the book had to be changed dramatically in order to keep the group happy.

Independent experts were brought in and the title was radically rewritten to more fully reflect the actual events. The copy then had to be sent to the Agha Khan for approval, but by then it was too late. The publisher was annoyed, Ubisoft wasn't happy and the entire lot was scrapped.

It raises the question of whether or not the descendants can make a legitimate claim that they are being slighted. What do you think? Let us know in the forums.

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Jamie 2nd November 2007, 11:53 Quote
What utter rubbish, if it's a fictional story I don't think you should have to get approval.
sub routine 2nd November 2007, 12:04 Quote
I suppose you can`t really argue if they want to respect their ancestors though. I didn`t realise it was based on real world stuffs, very interesting *goes away to google Ismaeli*
Jokkocze 2nd November 2007, 12:06 Quote
Aaaw.. I was kinda looking forward to the books :/
sub routine 2nd November 2007, 12:13 Quote
very interesting linky linky
will. 2nd November 2007, 12:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by sub routine
I suppose you can`t really argue if they want to respect their ancestors though. I didn`t realise it was based on real world stuffs, very interesting *goes away to google Ismaeli*

But it was fictional...

If someone's ancestors got pissed of whenever something was written about an ancient culture we'd not have a vast majority of films and books we have today.
liratheal 2nd November 2007, 12:24 Quote
In a way I see where they're coming from, the books may not have done right by the descendants idea of what should be written about their ancestors.

On the other hand, I seriously doubt that anyone is going to read the books and have false impressions of what the real assassins group were like, especially as most works of fiction clearly state so, and I expect as the author is a best seller, he would have the sense to have a disclaimer somewhere in the book, as with most almost-real situations written about/filmed/animated.

I expect a copy will be 'accidentally' leaked onto the net at some point, until then I guess it's all speculation as to what's actually in them.. Can't be far off the game world, though :D

Stabby murder, sneaky murder and freerunning :B
TreeDude 2nd November 2007, 13:01 Quote
If the books did not have a connection with the game we all know there would be no problems releasing them. It's not like there are not already fictional books about assassins. Not to mention the fact that it is ok for the game to be released, but not the books?

I don't think anyone tried to get 300 (referring to the graphic novel) to adhere to the actual events.
DXR_13KE 2nd November 2007, 13:13 Quote
what about cowboy films, games and comics?
liratheal 2nd November 2007, 14:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by TreeDude


I don't think anyone tried to get 300 (referring to the graphic novel) to adhere to the actual events.

Not sure many people can claim to be descendants, though :B
Bauul 2nd November 2007, 14:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by TreeDude


I don't think anyone tried to get 300 (referring to the graphic novel) to adhere to the actual events.

What are you on about? 300 was perfectly accurate! Everyone knows in ancient Greece leather speedos was mandatory wear!
Carnival 2nd November 2007, 14:44 Quote
Why is that people have to BAAAAAWWW over books and films so much at the moment? Its FICTION. The words "based on" do not translate to "This is EXACTLY what happened to the letter" in any language.

Silly assassins. Grow up.
liratheal 2nd November 2007, 14:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Carnival
Why is that people have to BAAAAAWWW over books and films so much at the moment? Its FICTION. The words "based on" do not translate to "This is EXACTLY what happened to the letter" in any language.

Silly assassins. Grow up.

But then they'd never get any media attention!

Even though that seems to be the point of an assassin...

Maybe they're liars too
sub routine 2nd November 2007, 15:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
what about cowboy films, games and comics?

Cowboys ain`t assassins though? This is set in the middle east, I don`t think they had any cowboys there 1000 or so years ago. If cowboys could assassinate people then ubisoft would have a problem, they would probably have run in fright and cancelled the book if they complained too.
sub routine 2nd November 2007, 16:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by sub routine
I suppose you can`t really argue if they want to respect their ancestors though. I didn`t realise it was based on real world stuffs, very interesting *goes away to google Ismaeli*

But it was fictional...

If someone's ancestors got pissed of whenever something was written about an ancient culture we'd not have a vast majority of films and books we have today.

would you want to piss off a bunch of assassins though?
steveo_mcg 2nd November 2007, 16:26 Quote
I should have objected to that rubbish rob roy film a few years ago maybe they'd have bought me off.
aggies11 2nd November 2007, 18:12 Quote
Fictional or not, you really don't want to piss off assassins. If I am doing a book on Ninjas, and then I get threats from *real Ninjas*, you better believe I am gonna cancel the book! ;)

As an aside, I don't think it's a big loss as video game books are spotty at best. The Mass effect one was pretty decent. I tried the Hellgate novel, and although the story/setting was interesting the writing (by an accomplished writer) was pretty rough. Cringe worthy at some points.

Aggies
TreeDude 2nd November 2007, 18:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by TreeDude


I don't think anyone tried to get 300 (referring to the graphic novel) to adhere to the actual events.

Not sure many people can claim to be descendants, though :B

I suppose I could use Pocahontas as a better example. Sure it's a Disney film, but the same argument could apply.
Oclocker 3rd November 2007, 01:04 Quote
Its probably an attempt to gain sales - books probably not really cancelled. Publicity stunt no doubt,
8igdave 3rd November 2007, 17:17 Quote
The real events happening how long ago? How lame. Your dissing my ancestors who i never knew and who lived many hundreds of years ago! For all i know my ancestors could have been german and this country could have gone to war with my ancestors country! Damn this country!
DougEdey 3rd November 2007, 17:50 Quote
A trilogy would have been too much, Mass Effect got it spot on, a 5 quid book which gives the history of the story and allows a deeper insight into the Cultures, civilisations and personalities of the main characters, you don't need it for the main game but it's a very good help.
Kipman725 4th November 2007, 13:43 Quote
doubt this is why the books were cancled as even if they do object then there is nothing to stop the books been published unmodified.
GreatOldOne 6th November 2007, 15:20 Quote
They probably won't like this Penny Arcade then:

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/11/05

:)
Colonel_Buttons 1st February 2008, 10:15 Quote
So this means anyone who wants to write bout AC they can do so freely since noone else is... Sweet! Apart from the death threats that is
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