Ubisoft donating €500,000 to Notre Dame reconstruction; “Assassin’s Creed Unity” free for one week

On Wednesday, Ubisoft announced that they will be donating €500,000 to assist the restoration and reconstruction of Notre Dame cathedral. According to Ubisoft’s statement:

“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.”

In addition, Ubisoft is giving away free PC downloads of Assassin’s Creed Unity for one week (ending 25 April). You can download your copy from the Uplay store here.

“When we created Assassin’s Creed Unity, we developed an even closer connection with this incredible city and its landmarks – one of the most notable elements of the game was the extraordinary recreation of Notre-Dame.

“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.”

The centuries-old oak roof and spire of Notre Dame cathedral caught fire on Monday, completely destroying these these features of the cherished landmark. The French government has announced that they will hold a competition to redesign the cathedral’s destroyed roof and spire. It’s therefore unknown if the reconstructed roofline will be a respectful design evoking the iconic spirit of the original, or if it will end up a garish, postmodern monstrosity.

Still, if you would like to take a “leap of faith” of sorts by contributing to the cathedral’s reconstruction, there are several options for doing so. The Friends of Notre-Dame organization is a 501c3 public charity, meaning that donations from U.S. contributors are tax-deductible. There’s also the French Heritage Society, (another 501c3) based in New York. If you prefer to donate through a faith-based organization, you can do so via the Basilica of the National Shrine, the largest Catholic Church in North America,

Source: Exclusively Games

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