The developers of the famous video game franchise, well known for its painstaking recreation of various historical landmarks featured in it, also pledged a considerable sum of money to help restore the famous cathedral.
French game developer Ubisoft has announced that one of its creations, Assassin’s Creed: Unity – a game set in Paris during the French Revolution, which, among other things, features a detailed recreation of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral – will be available to download for free for one week on their Uplay service.
The company said in a statement that with this move, they “want to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame the best way we know how”, adding that they will also be donating some 500,000 euros (over $562,000) to “help with the restoration and reconstruction of the Cathedral”, encouraging others to donate as well.
A devastating fire broke out at the Notre-Dame de Paris on Monday, causing the collapse of the cathedral’s spire and two-thirds of its roof before being fully extinguished on Tuesday morning.
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In the aftermath of this tragedy, President Macron said during a TV address to the nation that he wants the cathedral to be rebuilt in five years, and vast sums of money have already been pledged by various groups for this undertaking.