The recent Notre-Dame fire was truly a devastating tragedy. Days after the incident, a fund to rebuild the iconic cathedral soared past 1 billion euros as a result of numerous donations. France-based game developer and publisher Ubisoft also pledged €500,000 to aid the restoration efforts. Additionally, Assassin’s Creed Unity is being given for free as a nod to the Notre-Dame. Ubisoft’s generous gesture has been met with massive respect from fans, who are now flooding Assassin’s Creed Unity with positive reviews.
Assassin’s Creed Unity
Released over four years ago, Assassin’s Creed Unity is getting blasted with positive reviews. Set during the French Revolution, Unity prominently featured the Notre-Dame cathedral. The impeccable accuracy of the building’s virtual representation ended up helping in the reconstruction of the Notre-Dame. In what seems to be a case of ‘reverse review-bombing’, fans are praising Ubisoft’s generosity in the form of reviews.
Assassin’s Creed Unity on Steam currently sits at a “mixed” overall review rating. However, thanks to an influx of positive reviews, the recent review rating has shifted to “very positive”.
Before the game went free on Uplay, Assassin’s Creed Unity received only a handful of reviews per day. On April 16th, the game received 237 positive reviews, and more followed in the days after.
“Thanks Ubisoft & Assassin’s Creed Unity for giving us an opportunity to appreciate what Notre Dame used to be. God bless France,” comments one reviewer. “Let us pray for Notre-Dame. Thank you for making the game,” says another.
Recently, Valve has been deploying countermeasures for review-bombing. We saw the new “off-topic review activity” feature save the overall user score rating of the Borderlands games following the exclusivity announcement. However, it’s unclear whether Valve will decide to act against the positive review-bombing of Unity.
Assassin’s Creed Unity is available for free until April 25th. You can claim a free copy by heading over to the Ubisoft Store, or by logging into your Uplay application.