What does Assassin’s Creed Unity and the Notre Dame Cathedral fire have in common? Insert your own joke here. Aside from that, Ubisoft had virtually recreated the facility in precise detail. While some people are complaining about people donating money to perverse history, those are the people we ignore, there is a large outpouring of support to restore this over 800 year old piece of history. Regardless of your religious/non-religious affiliation.
Ubisoft, a French company, has pledged to donate €500,000 (about $565,000) to aid the restoration and reconstruction efforts for Notre Dame. In addition to that, the company has released Assassin’s Creed Unity for free for PC via Uplay. PC gamers can download the game now through April 25th at 3 am local time. Cool thing about this is once you download the game, it’s your to keep.
Yes, we have made many jokes about the game since its release in 2014. We even came back to that joke in the last year. Mostly because the game was a botched launch for Ubisoft at the release for the PlayStation 4. Its previous-generation Assassin’s Creed Rogue received better critical response, even though it was released at the same time.
Notre Dame was a major set piece in the game, which is a good way for people to see just how awesome that historical building is. Assassin’s Creed Unity level artist Caroline Miousse told The Verge in a 2014 interview that she spent two years recreating the cathedral from the inside out. “I made some other stuff in the game, but 80 percent of my time was spent on the Notre Dame,” she said.
Assassin’s Creed Unity provides a unique opportunity, especially for those who have never been to Paris, to experience Notre Dame first-hand in its original glory, so be sure to pick up the game while it’s free for the next week.
“Video games can enable us to explore places in ways we never could have otherwise imagined,” Ubisoft wrote in its blog post. “We hope, with this small gesture, we can provide everyone an opportunity to appreciate our virtual homage to this monumental piece of architecture.”