Ubisoft Donates €500,000 to Help With Notre-Dame's Restoration and Gives Assassin's Creed Unity Away for Free

Ubisoft Donates €500,000 to Help With Notre-Dame's Restoration and Gives Assassin's Creed Unity Away for Free

Ubisoft wants everyone to experience the Notre-Dame Cathedral as it was.

After a devastating fire partially burned down the historic Notre-Dame Cathedral, Ubisoft has announced that for a limited time, it will be giving away PC copies of its French Revolution-set Assassin's Creed Unity for free for a limited time. Ubisoft is also donating to the restoration of the Notre-Dame.

In a blog post, Ubisoft said that it wants to give everyone "the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame the best way we know how." Assassin's Creed Unity, which takes place during the French Revolution, includes a detailed recreation of the Notre-Dame de Paris.

In fact, the digital recreation efforts put forth by Ubisoft in recreating the Notre-Dame for Assassin's Creed Unity is so detailed that art historians have suggested the game could be used to help restore the real-life Notre-Dame when restoration efforts begin.

In addition, Ubisoft pledged €500,000 to help with the restoration and reconstruction of the Notre-Dame. The New York Times reported that nearly $950 million has already been raised to help restore the Notre-Dame, and French President Emmanuel Macron has stated it is his goal to rebuild the Notre-Dame within five years.

The fire, which began on April 15, burned down the iconic wooden spire and much of the roof, but the facade and many of the structure's stonework were saved. A French prosecutor has stated that the cause of the fire is likely an accident.

We awarded Assassin's Creed Unity a 3.5 out of 5 when it was first released, specifically citing its "gorgeous rendition of revolutionary France."

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

In other news

Everwild's Creative Director Has Left Rare

Another upcoming next-gen Xbox project loses its director.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity's First Chapter Is Available Now in an eShop Demo

Transfer your save when the full game comes out! You can't lose, hero.

Hitman 3 and Control Are Coming to Switch Via the Cloud

Cloud gaming is rolling out on more Switches.

Ubisoft Merges Uplay and Ubisoft Club Into One Cross-Progression Platform

Connect will bridge the gap between consoles and generations.

Need help?

GTA 5 Cheats

Discover all the GTA 5 cheats with this handy GTA V cheats PS4, GTA 5 cheats Xbox One, and PC guide for free GTA money and more. Plus get all the Grand Theft Auto 5 cheats for Xbox 360 and PS3.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Best Mods That You Should Download Now

RDR2 just released for PC players and that means more and more mods are coming in every day. Here are the best mods available right now for Red Dead Redemption 2.

10 GTA 5 Secrets That You Won't Believe

GTA 5 is a massive game, filled with brilliant secrets and Easter eggs. We've rounded up the 10 most amazing GTA 5 secrets.