On the 15th of April, 2019 the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France was severely damaged and many priceless artifacts and relics were burned beyond recovery.
After a few days of news and speculation, one thing is clear. People worldwide despite their political preferences want to see the Notre Dame built new again via their donations.
So far, 1 Billion dollars have been raised to help aid in the rebuilding of the Cathedral and an outpouring of support has been demonstrated. Tech mogul Ubisoft however wants to make one of the biggest contributions to the process.
Early on the morning of April 18th, Ubisoft began a campaign to drive support for the rebuilding of the Notre Dame. Phase one of this plan included a massive free release of their game Assassin’s Creed: Unity; a video game that takes place in Paris and includes interaction with the Cathedral.
Players of the game have the possibility to climb to the top of the Cathedral and have a wonderful view of the landscape of 16th century Paris.
Ubisoft has further announced that they plan to aid in the hands on process of rebuilding the Notre Dame as well. During construction of the game, digital environment engineers from Ubisoft took vast and extensive documentation of both the exterior and interior of the Cathedral to make the most realistic model of it it game.
They plan to make these scans and documents of the Cathedral available to the effort team responsible for reconstruction. The video game’s moderate approval by players make for what could be a decent platform to advertise about efforts and promote the beauty of the building.
So far in the week after the fire, media and related content involving the Cathedral skyrocketed in popularity. In recent days, Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame remake of Victor Hugo’s novel by the same name has topped streaming charts and photographs or newsprint of the structure or its events has been a common topic.