'Assassin's Creed' creators make donation to help rebuild Notre Dame
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The video game company behind a detailed re-creation of the Notre Dame Cathedral will donate half a million euros to fund restoration efforts after the massive fire that damaged much of the structure on Monday.

Game publisher Ubisoft announced that it will also release a free download of the 2014 game "Assassin's Creed: Unity," which features the virtual version of the historic landmark.

"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," the French gaming company said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. 


"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,” the company added. 

There has been speculation that Ubisoft's digital version of Notre Dame could aid restoration efforts, though the company has not commented on the rumors. 

The company’s “Assassin’s Creed” franchise is known for its detailed re-creations of historic places, particularly its depiction of the Notre Dame cathedral featured in “Assassin's Creed: Unity.” 

Caroline Miousse, a senior-level artist at Ubisoft, said in a 2014 interview that she dedicated more than two years to constructing an exact recreation of the cathedral for the game.

"I made some other stuff in the game, but 80% of my time was spent on the Notre-Dame," she told The Verge at the time.

"It is important to keep in mind that what we did for the game was not a scientific reconstruction but rather an artistic vision. While we wanted to be very precise with details, there are some differences in terms of scale and with some elements," a spokesperson for Ubisoft told The Hollywood Reporter.

"That being said, we would be more than happy to lend our expertise in any way that we can to help with these efforts,” the representative added.