Last Monday, a horrible tragedy befell the historic Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. A blazing inferno wreaked havoc upon the cathedral, and officials have since been trying to figure out a way to rebuild it. As a way to honor the iconic landmark, Ubisoft is donating €500,000 to aid the restoration attempts of cathedral.
In solidarity with everyone moved by Monday's events we’re donating to the restoration of Notre-Dame & giving you the chance to play @AssassinsCreed Unity on Uplay for free.
— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) April 17, 2019
France-based video game publisher Ubisoft has pledged €500,000 to help with the reconstruction efforts of the cathedral. Additionally, 2014’s Assassin’s Creed Unity, which prominently featured the Notre-Dame, is being handed out for free.
“Notre-Dame is an integral part of Paris, a city to which we are deeply connected,” writes Ubisoft. “Seeing the monument in peril like this affected us all.”
As the situation progressed, a ray of hope emitted from a very unlikely source. Source material of the Notre-Dame from Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Unity may help in the reconstruction of the cathedral. During the game’s development, Ubisoft worked tirelessly to ensure the historical accuracy of the building. The virtual representation of Notre-Dame required the help of several historians and took over two years to complete. Furthermore, level artist Caroline Miousse worked with texture artists to make sure that each brick was in the right place.
Assassin’s Creed Unity
Set in Paris during the French Revolution, Assassin’s Creed Unity follows Arno in a visually-pleasing and historically accurate representation of the city. Unfortunately, the game was unable to obtain a good review score.
“When we created Assassin’s Creed Unity, we developed an even closer connection with this incredible city and its landmarks – one of the most notable elements of the game was the extraordinary recreation of Notre-Dame.”
“Video games can enable us to explore places in ways we never could have otherwise imagined. We hope, with this small gesture, we can provide everyone an opportunity to appreciate our virtual homage to this monumental piece of architecture.”
Assassin’s Creed Unity is available now for free on PC via Uplay.