Assassins’ Creed: Unity is a popular game from the Assassins’ Creed series, developed by Ubisoft. The action adventure game released in 2014 and has a plot based on Paris. Recently, the game went free to honour a medieval monument as it caught fire.
Fire in Notre Dame
Notre Dame is a medieval monument in Paris, built in the thirteenth century. On April 15th, 2019, just two years ago, massive fire broke out in the monument. The fire started beneath the roof of the cathedral, and spread quickly. It destroyed much parts of the building, from the walls to the spire. The cathedral, which used to host the Christmas services every year, did not host it for the first time since 1803. Funds were raised to restore the monument, and the French president promised that it would be restored within five years. After an year, the amount of funds received calculated to over 1 billion euros.
Notre Dame in Assassins’ Creed
Assassins’ Creed: Unity features a plot based on medieval Paris and the French Revolution. The series is well-known for using historical monuments, places and characters in their plots. The Notre Dame is shown in the game in a similar fashion. Besides it, the game also showed the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty.
After the monument burnt down, Ubisoft offered a fund of 500000 euros and listed the game for free in their store. This was to honour the great monument, which was undergoing renovation following the disaster. The game was free for ten days, allowing users to play the original standard version free of cost.
“As the smoke clears on the events that unfolded on Monday at the Notre-Dame de Paris,” Ubisoft’s blog read soon after the disaster occurred, “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. When we created Assassin’s Creed Unity, we developed an even closer connection with this incredible city and its landmarks. [and] one of the most notable elements of the game was the extraordinary recreation of Notre-Dame.”
The game currently costs 4,50 euros for the standard PC version.
About the Game
Assassin’s Creed: Unity received positive reviews and sold 10 million copies, with Assassins’ Creed: Rogue. Though it succeeded in making a place in the heart of AC fans, the game contained some bugs and glitches that players complained about. Also, the game faced some controversies on certain matters. Ubisoft donated the money received from the sales to restore the Notre Dame monument in Paris.
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