Ubisoft donates €500,000 to restore Notre Dame Cathedral

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... and makes Assassin's Creed: Unity free for a week on PC.

Ubisoft has advised that it has donated €500,000 (approximately $787,000 AUD) to help rebuild and restore Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral.

“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,” Ubisoft wrote on Facebook. “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.”

Moreover, Ubisoft said it wants “to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame the best way we know how,” and will make Assassin’s Creed: Unity free on PC via Uplay for the next week to do so. You can queue up a download here.

The title was first released in 2014 on Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4; we reviewed it here.

Ubisoft isn’t the only company donating to restore Notre Dame; Disney has donated $5million USD while Apple said it will make a donation as well. Yesterday, we reported that Ubisoft’s work in re-creating a digital version of Notre Dame may also help in restoration work.