In Brief: Ubisoft has done something good after donating € 500,000 to help rebuild Notre Dame and decided to provide Assassin's Creed Unity for free. The Unity Steam site was bombarded by the players and hundreds of messages thanked Ubisoft for their gesture.
While the fire which devastated Notre Dame on April 15 was undoubtedly a tragedy, the donations that were to contribute to the restoration of the historic cathedral were heartwarming. Ubisoft, the French gaming studio behind the Assassin's Creed franchise, donated € 500,000 and also provided the Paris-based race Assassin's Creed Unity (for free via Uplay).
When announcing the decision to make the game free, the response was overwhelmingly positive, as you might expect. But, surprisingly, players have used the bombing tactic to show how much they appreciate Ubisoft's gesture.
In solidarity with all those who moved on Monday, we donate for the restoration of Notre-Dame and give you the chance to play. @AssassinsCreed Unity on Uplay for free.
̵1; Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) April 17, 2019
Prior to April 16, Unity's average Steam page was averaging two to three ratings per day. Since its announcement, the game has had over 600 extremely positive reviews. One user wrote, "Thanks to Ubisoft & Assassin's Creed Unity for the opportunity to appreciate what Notre Dame was. God bless France. "
The funny thing is that Unity is not even available for free on Steam because the offer is only for Uplay. However, it is clear that players wanted to use every possible channel to show their gratitude and support for Ubisoft's decision.
The overall rating rating remains "mixed," as Unity was never the most popular game in the series, but recent ratings will help improve this rating, even though it's not particularly relevant to the game.
So far, Valve has not decided to use the recently developed "Off-Topic Review" feature, which aims to minimize the impact of bomb testing, and it seems unlikely that it will be given the positive nature of this particular "bomb".
Assassin's Creed Unity will be available for free through Uplay until April 25th.