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Ubisoft is offering Assassin's Creed Unity for free in wake of Notre-Dame tragedy

Earlier this week, the world watched as one of Paris' most iconic landmarks was consumed by flames. A global fundraising effort is underway to restore Notre-Dame, and game manufacturers are doing their bit to contribute. Ubisoft has announced that it is giving away Assassin's Creed Unity for free (opens in new tab) and donating €500,000 toward Notre-Dame's restoration efforts.

The game is set in Paris during the French Revolution, and it took Ubisoft 14 months to recreate the cathedral within the game. From Ubisoft (opens in new tab):

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.In light of Monday's events, we will be donating €500,000 to help with the restoration and reconstruction of the Cathedral. We encourage all of you who are interested to donate as well. In addition, we want to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame the best way we know how. For one week, we will be giving Assassin's Creed Unity away free on PC, for anyone who wants to enjoy it.You can download it now for Uplay PC here: 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.

As stated above, you'll be able to download Assassin's Creed Unity for free until April 25, after which it will live in your Uplay games library.

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  • That's awesome! Good for them for donating to a worthy cause!
  • The Catholic church is one of the wealthiest organizations in the history of the world. On the list of worthy causes, this isn't in the top 50.
  • While I agree that the Catholic church unquestionably has the means to should the financial burden of the restoration themselves, and I agree that there are at least 50 causes that are more worthy, if there wasn't this kind of outpouring of support from donors, it's not unreasonable to think they wouldn't have found the restoration to be worth it. This guarantees we will see Notre Dame restored. If it's a question of that happening or that not happening, well I would rather that happen.
  • Is it free just on PC? I think it's awesome they are doing that, I just wasn't sure if I read it correctly.