Ubisoft to Support the Notre-Dame Cathedral Restoration Effort with Massive Donation

Ubisoft today announced it’s intention to donate to the Notre-Dame Cathedral restoration effort.

Notre-Dame de Paris has been a staple of Paris, France for centuries. Completed in the year 1345, the massive cathedral has survived revolutions, wars, and civil unrest. The cathedral famously appeared in Victor Hugo’s 1931 novel ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame.’ In 2014, players around the world could play around an elaborate recreation of the cathedral in Assassin’s Creed Unity. Unfortunately, on Monday, April 15, the cathedral was engulfed in flame, which destroyed the roof and spire. While the cathedral stands, it still sustained major damage.

In the days since, multiple companies and individuals have stepped up to donate to the restoration effort. This includes Ubisoft, whose headquarters reside in France. The company announced a donation of €500,000 ($564,775) to the effort.

“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. 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 addition, Assassin’s Creed Unity, which features Notre-Dame, is available for free this week on PC. While players can’t visit Notre-Dame in-person till the restoration effort is complete, at least they can visit it in digital form.

Our thoughts are with the people of Paris, France during this rough time.