Thursday, April 18th 2019

Ubisoft Makes "Assassin's Creed Unity" Free in Honor of Notre-Dame de Paris

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. 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, Ubisoft will be donating €500,000 to help with the restoration and reconstruction of the Cathedral. We encourage all of you who are interested to donate as well. In addition, we want to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame the best way we know how. For one week, we will be giving Assassin's Creed Unity away free on PC, for anyone who wants to enjoy it. You can download it now for Uplay PC.
When we created Assassin's Creed Unity, we developed an even closer connection with this incredible city and its landmarks - one of the most notable elements of the game was the extraordinary recreation of Notre-Dame.

Video games can enable us to explore places in ways we never could have otherwise imagined. We hope, with this small gesture, we can provide everyone an opportunity to appreciate our virtual homage to this monumental piece of architecture.

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54 Comments on Ubisoft Makes "Assassin's Creed Unity" Free in Honor of Notre-Dame de Paris

#2
Vayra86
Cool, broken game for broken cathedral!

Jokes aside, this is a nice gesture.

....But also broken.


Ah, it seems you shouldn't be going through the regular store/payment link but some promotional banner.... takes some searching!
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#3
Crackong
Next they will announce how many ppl had leap of faith from the top during the week.
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#4
Ebo
I know a lot of people disliked Unity and regarded it a broken game. I on the other hand, had a nice time playing it when it was released, I had no problems at all with the game.
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#5
s3thra
You need to follow the link in the article - trying to obtain it from within Uplay results in the 404 when processing. I might finally give this game a go on my Windows machine, especially now after reading how much work they put into getting everything so accurate with Notre-Dame.
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#6
kastriot
Never played any of assassin creed franchise and never will, don't like it but hey that's me and about Notre dame i guess it's not expendable like people are.
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#7
londiste
Ebo said:
I know a lot of people disliked Unity and regarded it a broken game. I on the other hand, had a nice time playing it when it was released, I had no problems at all with the game.
Ubisoft bit off more than they could chew with Unity. The art and design side of it was very good, content was... well Assassin's Creed, but it was tehnically ahead of its time and in some ways still is. It did not run properly in high-end hardware of the time and still struggles today on a lot more powerful hardware. Optimizations to make the engine handle better in newer iterations of Assassin's Creed also toned down some of the impressive aspects of Unity, crowds being the main one. Of course, Unity launched in a pretty sorry state with the game working but lots of glitches around. All this was patched out pretty quickly but the bad reputation remained.
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#8
the54thvoid
kastriot said:
Never played any of assassin creed franchise and never will, don't like it but hey that's me and about Notre dame i guess it's not expendable like people are.
It's a complex bind of history, culture, religion and tradition. Many people form connections through such places and to many, they are reverential.
It's easy to dismiss the importance of an object but if that object has bound lives together, or has been a symbol of hope, it's often seen as indispensable.
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#9
Splinterdog
s3thra said:
You need to follow the link in the article - trying to obtain it from within Uplay results in the 404 when processing. I might finally give this game a go on my Windows machine, especially now after reading how much work they put into getting everything so accurate with Notre-Dame.
I grabbed it directly from within Uplay with no problems whatsoever. Nice gesture by Ubisoft and very much appreciated.
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#10
xtreemchaos
downloading now, i love a free game. thanks for the heads up buddy. charl.
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#11
TheDeeGee
Funny how a church got funded in hours, while back in 2004 they couldn't get enough money to help out with the Tsunami Relief.

The world is so fucked up.
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#12
londiste
TheDeeGee said:
Funny how a church got funded in hours, while back in 2004 they couldn't get enough money to help out with the Tsunami Relief.
The world is so fucked up.
Close vs far away, specific building vs generic disaster.
Funders are much more likely to have a personal experience with the thing they are supporting in case of the church as opposed to tsunamis.
Why does it mean world is fucked up?
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#13
the54thvoid
TheDeeGee said:
Funny how a church got funded in hours, while back in 2004 they couldn't get enough money to help out with the Tsunami Relief.

The world is so fucked up.
By late January 2005, $7 billion had been donated. That's not small change.

EDIT - by 2009, it had topped $13.5 - half of which was from private donations.
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#14
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Vayra86 said:
Cool, broken game
WAS broken. It was an almost bug free playthrough for me in 2017. You will still need higher end hardware to get the most out of it though.

s3thra said:
You need to follow the link in the article - trying to obtain it from within Uplay results in the 404 when processing. I might finally give this game a go on my Windows machine, especially now after reading how much work they put into getting everything so accurate with Notre-Dame.
Indeed, the attention to detail is top notch in attempts at accurate historic buildngs, even ones which are no longer standing in Paris. All their games are like this.
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#15
Vayra86
kastriot said:
Never played any of assassin creed franchise and never will, don't like it but hey that's me and about Notre dame i guess it's not expendable like people are.
People are expendable though... we have a few billion of them and the vast majority we've never seen or heard of. Its what they do that matters, and Notre Dame is one of those things people have 'done'.

In the same vein, our memories are also based on our actions and not our mere existence. A visit to buildings like these can be such a memory, and that represents value to people.
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#16
Splinterdog
Runs at a steady 72fps on my main rig and it's more enjoyable than I was expecting, since I don't play AC games, normally.
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#17
eandrews
kastriot said:
Never played any of assassin creed franchise and never will, don't like it but hey that's me and about Notre dame i guess it's not expendable like people are.
You're the definition of a toxic person. You had no reason to comment, nothing positive to contribute. The assassin creed games are fun and unique, and Notre Dame is a feat of human ingenuity. It's a nice gesture on the company's part, and probably something very important to them (considering they spent a lot of time researching it). No one said anything regarding people don't matter, that's probably your negative outlook on life coming through.
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#18
kastriot
eandrews said:
You're the definition of a toxic person. You had no reason to comment, nothing positive to contribute. The assassin creed games are fun and unique, and Notre Dame is a feat of human ingenuity. It's a nice gesture on the company's part, and probably something very important to them (considering they spent a lot of time researching it). No one said anything regarding people don't matter, that's probably your negative outlook on life coming through.
Hold your horses, you just arrived today, if i bursted your bubble about game well beauty is in eye of beholder and about notre dame you even didn't undestand comment but hey it's your 1st day.
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#20
Vayra86
londiste said:
Ubisoft bit off more than they could chew with Unity. The art and design side of it was very good, content was... well Assassin's Creed, but it was tehnically ahead of its time and in some ways still is. It did not run properly in high-end hardware of the time and still struggles today on a lot more powerful hardware. Optimizations to make the engine handle better in newer iterations of Assassin's Creed also toned down some of the impressive aspects of Unity, crowds being the main one. Of course, Unity launched in a pretty sorry state with the game working but lots of glitches around. All this was patched out pretty quickly but the bad reputation remained.
Never knew that, you just gave me an incentive to play this properly, thanks :D
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#21
Gasaraki
Thanks Ubisoft.

Vayra86 said:
People are expendable though... we have a few billion of them and the vast majority we've never seen or heard of. Its what they do that matters, and Notre Dame is one of those things people have 'done'.

In the same vein, our memories are also based on our actions and not our mere existence. A visit to buildings like these can be such a memory, and that represents value to people.
This is unfortunately true.
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#22
Vayra86
Gasaraki said:

This is unfortunately true.
Is it unfortunate? This almost gets philosophical, but imagine we were not expendable, each and every one of us. We wouldn't survive as a species and probably also not evolve that much.
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#23
neatfeatguy
I don't mind the AC franchise - it just got a bit tiresome with combat never really changing and you feel like a super hero when you can take on a dozen+ enemies and walk away without taking any damage.

It would have been nice to see combat streamlined to a point where you can't be some super badass and take on a battalion of troops at the same time. I don't see an issue with 1 or 2 enemies at once, but after that it should feel more like you need to escape to survive.

I grabbed a copy and may eventually get around to it. I figure it'll be something I can killing some time on when I get bored.
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#24
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
neatfeatguy said:
It would have been nice to see combat streamlined to a point where you can't be some super badass and take on a battalion of troops at the same time. I don't see an issue with 1 or 2 enemies at once, but after that it should feel more like you need to escape to survive.
In Odyssey you fight as part of a large force versus another force to take over regions. In those you can be killed fairly easily if you don’t watch yourself. The enemy troops on those battlefields will gang up on you from all sides and take you down.
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#25
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
neatfeatguy said:
I don't see an issue with 1 or 2 enemies at once, but after that it should feel more like you need to escape to survive.
Drop a smoke grenade and stab them all in the throat. :roll:
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