The blockbuster game “Assassin’s Creed Unity” takes place inside the Notre-Dame cathedral. Because of the fire disaster that took the monument, the French maker of the game is offering the title for free for a week. This will give players a peek inside the fire-scarred monument.
Ubisoft said in a statement, “We want to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame.” It announced that it would give away the game for free on PC between April 17 and April 25.
“We stand in solidarity with our fellow Parisians and everyone around the world moved by the devastation the fire caused,” the company said.
Ubisoft also pledged $563,012 towards the restoration and reconstruction of the cathedral. They join a long list of companies and business tycoons that have promised help totalling over $954,541,500 so far.
Released in November 2014, “Assassin’s Creed Unity” puts the player in the shoes of Arno Dorian, a young Assassin swept up in the French Revolution.
It is the eighth major instalment in the hugely successful “Assassin’s Creed” series. The game allows players the opportunity to explore a faithful reproduction of late 18th-century Paris. Players can also climb around a scale model of the cathedral.
In a 2014 interview with Geek Ireland, one of the game’s designers, Caroline Miousse, said reproducing Notre-Dame took Ubisoft teams 14 months of work. Following this was a further three weeks “to dress its interior in accordance with the Revolution era.” More than 100 million Assassin’s Creed games have been sold since the launch of the first title in 2007.