After the tragedy that was the fire at the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral in Paris, France earlier this week, Ubisoft, which has its headquarters in France, has announced via their official website that they will be donating €500,000 to the restoration and reconstruction of the cathedral.The French publisher will also be giving 2014’s Assassin’s Creed Unity away for free on PC via Uplay for the next week.
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
The Notre-Dame de Paris has been a major monument in Paris since its construction over half a century ago. The cathedral has also been one of the city’s major tourist attractions alongside the Eiffel Tower. Ubisoft expressed their sentiments towards the tragedy:
As the smoke clears on the events that unfolded on Monday at the Notre-Dame de Paris, we stand in solidarité with our fellow Parisians and everyone around the world moved by the devastation the fire caused. Notre-Dame is an integral part of Paris, a city to which we are deeply connected. Seeing the monument in peril like this affected us all.
Players can claim their free version of Assassin’s Creed Unity here, and the game will be available to be claimed until April 25 at 3:00 p.m. locally. The reason why the company is giving away this entry in the series is because the game takes place is Paris. It also contains a faithful recreation of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral for fans to see. In the announcement, Ubisoft states, “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.”
For those interested, you can donate to the restoration and reconstruction of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral here.