Ubisoft Will Give Out More Than $500,000 To The Notre-Dame Cathedral Restoration
Ubisoft announced it will be donating €500,000, or about $564,775, to help the restoration of Notre-Dame Cathedral following a fire that destroyed the historic monument. In addition, the company said Assassin’s Creed Unity, which features a recreation of the Cathedral, will be free to download on PC next week.
“We stand in solidarité with our fellow Parisians and everyone around the world moved by the devastation the fire caused,” Ubisoft said in a statement. “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 €500,000 to help with the restoration and reconstruction of the Cathedral.”
UBISOFT’s donation will go to the rebuilding fund that has already reached $1 billion in combined commitments. France’s President, Emmanuel Macron, has declared that the restoration work will be completed within the next five years, but some experts think it could take longer.
Part of that rebuilding effort will likely require referencing repositories of measurements and digital photographs of the Cathedral, the original building of which began back in 1163. Given the intense, two-year-long effort to make the Cathedral in Assassin’s Creed Unity, a game which hugely takes place in 18th-century Paris, there’s been rumors that it could be used to aid in the rebuilding effort. The Cathedral appears proportionally 1:1 with its real-world counterpart, and is no doubt one of the most brilliantly detailed buildings to ever develop for a game.
The complexity and size aside, Ubisoft told Kotaku it’s not a completely faithful remake of the cathedral.
“It is important to keep in mind that what we did for the game was not a scientific reconstruction but rather an artistic vision,” a spokesperson for Ubisoft said in an email. “While we wanted to be very precise with details, there are some differences in terms of scale and with some elements. That being said, we would be more than happy to lend our expertise in any way that we can to help with these efforts.”
If you are interested in exploring the Cathedral untouched by this week’s fire through Ubisoft’s artistic lens can do so by downloading Unity from the Ubisoft’s website.