Ubisoft Is Giving Away Assassin"S Creed Unity For Free As A Nod To The Notre Dame Cathedral

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Concept art of Notre-Dame de Paris in Assassin’s Creed Unity. Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft
Assassin’s Creed Unity is miễn phí for Windows PC on the Ubisoft Store for the next week, because the năm trước game prominently features Notre-Dame de Paris amuốn its many landmarks. The 856-year-old Gothic cathedral burned on Monday, transfixing millions worldwide.

Ubisoft also announced a €500,000 donation khổng lồ aid the restoration và reconstruction of Notre-Dame. “In addition, we want to give everyone the chance lớn experience the majesty và beauty of Notre-Dame the best way we know how,” Ubisoft said in announcing the miễn phí game.

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“Video games can enable us khổng lồ explore places in ways we never could have sầu otherwise imagined,” the company said. “We hope, with this small gesture, we can provide everyone an opportunity to appreciate our virtual homage khổng lồ this monumental piece of architecture.”

Assassin’s Creed Unity was phối during the French Revolution, a time in which the cathedral was vandalized & burglarized. A major set-piece takes place in Notre-Dame — protagonist Arno Dorian stalks and assassinates the Templar Sivert there.

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Notre-Dame’s appearance in the game was constructed by Caroline Miousse of Ubisoft Montreal. In a năm trước interview on Ubisoft’s blog, Miousse noted that the cathedral’s spire, in the game, was different from the one that was toppled by Monday’s fire.

The cathedral’s original spire was removed in the mid-17th century after being damaged by wind. Miousse gave sầu it a historically inaccurate version of the modern spire, which was rebuilt in the mid-1800s following a surge of public interest generated by Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchbaông chồng of Notre-Dame.

“Notre Dame is kind of a key point of the Paris skyline,” Miousse said at the time. “You see it và can recognize it immediately, và part of that is due to lớn the massive spire.”

The wooden spire and roof suffered the most damage in Monday’s blaze; nearly all of it was consumed by fire, but French officials have sầu since said the cathedral’s stonework structure remains intact. Numerous treasures & antiquities were saved; an investigation is ongoing, but authorities believe sầu the cause to lớn be an accident.

The Thủ đô New York Times reported Wednesday that nearly $950 million has been pledged toward Notre-Dame’s rebuilding. The French government on Tuesday mix up a portal directing interested donors lớn four foundations collecting contributions for the cathedral’s restoration. Ubisoft encouraged others khổng lồ donate as well. President Emmanuel Macron set the goal of rebuilding Notre-Dame within five years.

In 2017, Ubisoft Montreal developed Discovery Tour for Assassin’s Creed Origins, to lớn be used as a teaching tool showing the history of ancient Egypt in và around Alexandria. Maxime Dur&, the series’ historian, said that teachers và professors had asked for a version of the game without its narrative or violence, so that its historical settings could be appropriately brought into lớn a classroom. Discovery Tour was a miễn phí add-on for any who owned the game, & a $19.99 stand-alone purchase on PC.