Ubisoft has pledged 500,000 euros (£434,000) to help restore Notre Dame Cathedral.
Ubisoft featured an almost prefect recreation of the iconic and historic landmark in its 2014 game Assassin’s Creed Unity, which is set in Paris during the French Revolution.
After a fire tore through the 850-year-old building this week, Ubisoft vowed to help with its reconstruction in a statement saying: “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.”
Ubisoft dedicated a significant portion of Unity’s production time – a total of 5,000 hours’ worth of work – to recreating the cathedral. Players can climb up the outside of the building and explore the intricate detail of the interior.
Unity will be also available for free to PC users for the next week, with Ubisoft saying it will “give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre Dame”.
“Video games can enable us to explore places in ways we never could have otherwise imagined,” Ubisoft said. “We hope, with this small gesture, we can provide everyone an opportunity to appreciate our virtual homage to this monumental piece of architecture.”
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