It was a subject of much discussion on our Discord server when the shocking tragedy of a major fire at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris took hold, destroying much of the roof, interiors and causing the spire to collapse.
There's been a major outpouring of support from France and the wider world, and now Ubisoft, who are a French based publisher known for the Assassin's Creed series (One game of which, Unity, featured a re-creation of the famous cathedral) are pledging 500,000 euros (564,000 USD) towards restoring it.
Ubisoft released the following statement;
As the smoke clears on the events that unfolded on Monday at the Notre Dame de Paris, we stand in solidarity 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 light of Monday’s events, we will be donating €500k to help with the restoration and reconstruction of the cathedral. We encourage all of you who are interested to donate as well.
Unity features an amazingly realistic re-creation of Notre Dame, it took over 5,000 hours of development time to get perfect, and as such, there's rumours that the research used to re-create the cathedral for the game may now be used in the restoration effort of the building itself.
That being said, Ubisoft have stated that the re-creation in the game was "not a scientific reconstruction but rather an artistic vision".
Another nice move by the company is that to make Assassins Creed Unity free for everyone next week, in a bid to "give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre Dame", according to Ubisoft.
Video games can enable us to explore places in ways we never could have otherwise imagined,” Ubisoft said. “We hope, with this small gesture, we can provide everyone an opportunity to appreciate our virtual homage to this monumental piece of architecture.