Ubisoft to donate €500,000 to Notre-Dame restoration


May 4, 2013
Assassin's Creed developer Ubisoft has announced it is donating €500,000 (£433,000) to aid in the restoration of Notre-Dame, after the landmark was severely damaged by fire earlier this week.

In addition, the company revealed that Assassin's Creed Unity is now free to download for PC for the next week. Unity takes place in Paris during the French Revolution, and Notre-Dame is one of the many historical structures featured in its open-world that players can freely climb.

The blaze on Monday caused extensive damage to the cathedral's roof and spire, although the stonework structure of the 856-year-old landmark remains intact, officials said.

'Video games can enable us to explore places in ways we never could have otherwise imagined,' commented Ubisoft. 'We hope, with this small gesture, we can provide everyone an opportunity to appreciate our virtual homage to this monumental piece of architecture.'