Ubisoft today announced that they will be donating € 500,000 for a restoration project underway for Notre Dame restoration work. Notre Dame was nearly destroyed in a fire accident leaving only the stone structure intact. With the fire now controlled and put off restoration work for this 900-year-old building is underway. Many French companies and others from around the world, have already made donations to help the restoration effort and now Ubisoft has also pledged to donate a sum of €500,000.
In a blog release titled supporting Notre-Dame De Paris, Ubisoft said:
As the smoke clears on the events that unfolded on Monday at the Notre-Dame de Paris, we stand in solidarity with our fellow Parisians and everyone around the world moved by the devastation the fire caused. 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. In light of Monday’s events, we will be donating €500k to help with the restoration and reconstruction of the Cathedral. We encourage all of you who are interested to donate as well. In addition, we want to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame the best way we know how. For one week, we will be giving Assassin’s Creed Unity away free on PC, for anyone who wants to enjoy it. You can download it now for Uplay PC here. When we created Assassin’s Creed Unity, we developed an even closer connection with this incredible city and its landmarks – one of the most notable elements of the game was the extraordinary recreation of Notre-Dame. 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 with an opportunity to appreciate our virtual homage to this monumental piece of architecture.
This news comes after the rumours that experts will be referring to Ubisoft’s Assassin Creed Unity for rebuilding purposes as the game have a near true to life representation of Notre-Dame interiors and exterior in one of the game’s levels. Although Ubisoft came forward and confirmed that no agencies have contacted them as of now, but Ubisoft is open and willing to work with the French government in the restoration process. Ubisoft also said the Notre-Dame representation in-game isn’t the exact copy but rather it is an artistic impression with some changes made for the theme to fit better with the game, but they tried to keep it as true to life as possible.