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."