Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Unity contains a stellar level of detail in its depiction of 18th century Paris. However, the game was met with mixed reviews upon release, in part due to the plethora of technical issues that marred the experience. Shortly after the fire that destroyed much of Paris' famed Notre-Dame Cathedral, the French developer re-released the game for free.
Fans have been so impressed by Ubisoft's show of support that the video game's page on Steam has been flooded with thousands of positive reviews, most of which express awe and emotion at the sight of the game's depiction of the cathedral.
It's a rare case in which a product is review-bombed with positivity as opposed to undeserved criticism, as has been the case with recent films including Captain Marvel. As of yet, it's uncertain whether or not Valve will allow these reviews to remain as its policy technically prohibits reviews that have little to do with the actual quality of the game.
The 850 year-old Notre-Dame Cathedral sustained massive damage to its timber frame and lost its spire in the fire. Thankfully, its famed rose windows survived. Unity allows players to enjoy historical Notre-Dame Cathedral as it was thanks to its detailed in-game reconstruction.
Ubisoft has already donated €500,000 toward the reconstruction of Notre-Dame and -- because level artist Caroline Miousse spent years mapping and modelling the structure for the game -- it has been reported that the developer is in talks to use Assassin's Creed Unity to aid architects in restoration efforts.
(via Game Informer)