Ubisoft Donates To Notre Dame Fire Repairs, Releases ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ Free On PC
The world was struck with a tragedy earlier this week when a fire broke out at Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral, severely damaging the world landmark and reducing a prominent part of the structure to ashes. Ever since the inferno ended, a massive effort to restore the classic Gothic cathedral has been underway, now including the likes of French developer Ubisoft and its 2014 title Assassin’s Creed Unity.
“As the smoke clears on the events that unfolded on Monday at the Notre-Dame de Paris, we stand in solidarité with our fellow Parisians and everyone around the world moved by the devastation the fire caused,” Ubisoft revealed in a statement. “Notre-Dame is an integral part of Paris, a city to which we are deeply connected. Seeing the monument in peril like this affected us all.”
The game-maker has now pledged €500,000 (~$560,000 USD) to assist in restoring and reconstructing the Notre Dame Cathedral to its former glory, encouraging interested fans to donate to the cause as well. In addition, Ubisoft is also extending a chance for fans to experience a version of Notre Dame for themselves, offering the France-set Assassin’s Creed Unity free on PC for one week, starting today.
We want to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame the best way we know how. For one week, we will be giving Assassin’s Creed Unity away free on PC, for anyone who wants to enjoy it.”
This generous effort on the part of Ubisoft comes after a recent report suggesting the French Revolution-era Assassin’s Creed adventure might hold the key to fully restoring Notre Dame. ‘Unity’ notably features an extensively-recreated version of the famed cathedral, showing off the impressive structure in incredible 3D detail. While it doesn’t appear that the game will be used as a reference for Notre Dame’s rebuilding, its comforting to see Ubisoft contribute in an extremely helpful way.
Assassin’s Creed Unity is available free on PC until next week via the official website or through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Those compelled to contribute to the Notre Dame reconstruction can check out a list of participating fundraisers here.
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