Some say the soul of the city is the toll of the bells.
Following Monday’s devastating fire that destroyed large portions of the Notre-Dame de Paris, Ubisoft has decided to donate €500,000 to help with its restoration and reconstruction, and is even offering Assassin’s Creed Unity for free on PC via Uplay in honor of the famed cathedral.
Ubisoft announced this news on its official website, writing “As the smoke clears on the events that unfolded on Monday at the Notre-Dame de Paris, we stand in solidarité 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 solidarity with everyone moved by Monday’s events we’re donating to the restoration of Notre-Dame & giving you the chance to play @AssassinsCreed Unity on Uplay for free.
— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) April 17, 2019
For fans of the franchise who have not yet played the Paris-based Unity, the game can be downloaded for free over the next seven days here – once downloaded, players can keep the game in their library for free indefinitely.
Ubisoft famously collected massive amounts of data on Notre-Dame while making Unity, and it was reportedly modeled down to the brick. Per The Verge, this took artist Caroline Miousse two years to finish. Because of this highly-detailed data Ubisoft has on the cathedral, many believe the French developer can help in the restoration process. According to a tweet from the official Ubisoft account, however, the company is “not currently involved in the reconstruction, but we’d of course be more than happy to lend our expertise in any way we can!”
In our review of Unity, we called the game “Good” saying “Assassin’s Creed Unity is a gorgeous and entertaining game of impossible peaks and disappointing valleys.” It has received various updates since its 2014 release.
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Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.