The French publisher behind the ‘Assassin’s Creed’ series is donating half a million Euros and its detailed research to help rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral

Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The rebuilding of Notre-Dame Cathedral is getting help from an unlikely source: A major video game publisher.

In the wake of the fire that ravaged the 800-year-old cathedral on Monday, French video game publisher Ubisoft is donating 500,000 Euros to the rebuilding effort.

Perhaps even more importantly, Ubisoft is offering its expertise — the company built a thoroughly detailed version of Notre-Dame in its 2014 video game “Assassin’s Creed Unity.”

Notre-Dame Cathedral vs Assassin's Creed Unity

The company issued the following statement on Wednesday morning:

“It is important to keep in mind that what we did for the game was not a scientific reconstruction but rather an artistic vision.

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