At the start of the week the world, myself included, anxiously followed the tragedy playing out in Paris. Just under a year ago I was fortunate enough to visit the historic 750-year-old cathedral. So, it was quite horrifying seeing the live footage of such an iconic landmark going up in flames.
Since then, the world has come together in unity (excuse the pun) to support the city of Paris. Umongst them, Ubisoft, who made a €500,000 donation towards the restoration efforts.
Being a French company, Ubisoft would, of course, have felt more obligated to show its support. But even more so due to their time spent there recreating the Notre-Dame for its Paris-set Assassin’s Creed: Unity that launched back in 2014.
Level designer Caroline Miousse told Greek Ireland that it took around 3 weeks to dress the interior and 14 months of production to complete.
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.Ubisoft
In addition to their donation, Ubisoft is giving away Assassin’s Creed: Unity for free on PC. If you want to go back to Ubisoft’s beautifully created Paris and explore Notre-Dame yourself, you can download the game via Uplay or the Ubisoft Store until 25 April.