Ubisoft pays tribute to Notre-Dame, makes Assassin's Creed Unity free
Following the devastating fire that left 850-year-old Notre-Dame cathedral severely damaged, Ubisoft is giving people a chance to revisit the historic piece of architecture, virtually. The renowned game-maker has made Assassin's Creed Unity, the title that features a very realistic replica of the cathedral, free for a limited period. Notably, it is also pledging a donation for the monument's restoration. Here are the details.
Just recently, Ubisoft announced that it is making Assassin's Creed Unity free until April 25, as a tribute to the damaged Notre-Dame. "We want to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame the best way we know how," the company said, noting that anybody can head over to its website and download the game featuring the cathedral.
For those unaware, Assassin's Creed Unity, a game set during the French Revolution, features an extraordinarily realistic replica of Notre-Dame. In fact, the designer of the game spent nearly 14 months to craft the in-game interior and exterior of the cathedral to match the real one. Yes, there are some differences but you will find that recreation is very close to the real deal.
To visit Notre-Dame in Assassin's Creed Unity, you'll have to play the story of Arno, a rebellious aristocrat-turned-Assassin. Once you'll reach the cathedral, as part of a mission, you'll be able to explore the interior and exterior of the monument, much as it would have looked during the Revolution era. However, it is worth noting that the free title is only for PC users.
"Video games can enable us to explore places in ways we never could have otherwise imagined," Ubisoft said in its giveaway announcement. "We hope, with this small gesture, we can provide everyone an opportunity to appreciate our virtual homage to this monumental piece of architecture."
Along with making the game free for a week, Ubisoft is also pledging €500,000 (nearly Rs. 4 crore) as a donation for the reconstruction and restoration of Notre-Dame. The company is also encouraging others to do the same so that the historic piece of architecture could once again stand in its full glory.