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'Assassin's Creed' game set in Notre-Dame offered free for a week

18 April 2019, MVT 21:27
Firefighters (below) work to extinguish a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019. - A huge fire that devastated Notre-Dame Cathedral is "under control", the Paris fire brigade said early on April 16 after firefighters spent hours battling the flames. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)
18 April 2019, MVT 21:27

The French maker of the blockbuster game "Assassin's Creed Unity", which takes place inside the Notre-Dame cathedral, said Thursday it was offering the title for free for a week to give players a peek inside the fire-scarred monument.

"We want to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame," Ubisoft said in a statement, announcing that it would give the game away for free on PC between April 17 and April 25.

"We stand in solidarity with our fellow Parisians and everyone around the world moved by the devastation the fire caused," the company said.

Ubisoft also pledged 500,000 euros ($563,012) towards the restoration and reconstruction of the cathedral, joining a long list of companies and business tycoons that have promised help totalling over 850 million euros so far.

Released in November 2014, "Assassin's Creed Unity" puts the player in the shoes of Arno Dorian, a young Assassin swept up in the French Revolution.

The eighth major instalment in the hugely successful "Assassin's Creed" series allows players the opportunity to explore a faithful reproduction of late 18th-century Paris.

Players can also climb around a scale model of the cathedral.

In a 2014 interview with Geek Ireland, one of the game's designers Caroline Miousse said reproducing Notre-Dame took Ubisoft teams 14 months of work, followed by a further three weeks "to dress its interior in accordance to the Revolution era."

More than 100 million Assassin's Creed games have been sold since the launch of the first title in 2007.

Paris, France | AFP

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