French publisher Ubisoft is donating 500,000 euros and encouraging its fans to donate to the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after a devastating fire on Monday. To draw attention to their effort, the company is giving away free copies of Assassin’s Creed Unity. The game is set in Paris during the French Revolution.
“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,” Ubisoft says in a post on their website. “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.”
“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,” the company says.
One streamer went back and explored Notre Dame in Assassin’s Creed Unity. It’s probably the single-most iconic landmark in the game. You can watch their video here.