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Ubisoft donates €0.5m to Notre-Dame restoration, gives away Assassin’s Creed Unity for free

French video game publisher Ubisoft pledges half a million Euro to the restoration of Notre-Dame Cathedral (and gives away its Paris-set game to encourage others to donate).

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French video game publisher Ubisoft pledges half a million Euro to the restoration of Notre-Dame Cathedral (and gives away its Paris-set game to encourage others to donate).

The devastating events at Notre-Dame Cathedral, one of Europe’s oldest landmarks and quintessential Parisian landmark, can’t have escaped your attention. Pictures of the 16th-Century spire collapsing in on the 850-year old landmark filled news cycles around the world.

The world was stunned, but none more so than Parisians, and the French nation as a whole.

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Luckily, the fire was brought under control minutes before the underlying structure of Notre-Dame was too badly damaged. Like the Minster in York, which suffered a devastating fire in 1984, Notre-Dame can be rebuilt and restored. The French people, too, have a spirit which cannot be diminished.

Now Ubisoft, that most French of video game companies, has joined the French people in their desire to restore Notre-Dame to its former glory. In a statement on its website, Ubisoft announced it is pledging €500,000 to “help with the restoration and reconstruction of the Cathedral” following Monday’s fire.

But that’s not all. Ubisoft is also making Assassin’s Creed Unity – the Paris-set historical adventure that features Notre-Dame Cathedral (and other Parisian landmarks) among its detailed recreation of 18th-Century, revolutionary France – free for a limited time on PC. You’ll need to grab the Ubisoft Uplay launcher, but once you have that, you can download Assassin’s Creed Unity for free, to keep, forever.

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Ubisoft says it wants to “give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame the best way we know how,” and would like to encourage everyone who’s enjoying Assassin’s Creed Unity for free to also donate to the restoration of Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Assassin’s Creed Unity will be free until 8am (in your local timezone) on April 25th, 2019. The effort to restore Notre-Dame Cathedral will go on for many years.

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