How Assassin's Creed Could Be Used To Bring Notre Dame Back To Life
There's no doubt that Assassin's Creed: Unity was one of those games that probably came out at the wrong time. It was released when Ubisoft were trying to milk as much money out of the franchise as possible, and despite painting a colourful, realistic picture of French Revolution Paris, certainly won't go down as one of the most memorable games in the series.
Thankfully, however, the game now has a new use: as reports today have surfaced saying that Ubisoft are offering the game's depiction of the Notre Dame cathedral to help rebuild the tragically destroyed landmark.
Of course, we've all seen the damage inflicted on the cathedral by a devastating fire sparked yesterday. Two-thirds of the cathedral's wooden framework, the bulk of its roof, and a good deal of its wooden structure now lie in ruins.
However, it's now emerged that one of the most accurate renderings of the pre-fire Cathedral actually rests on your Xbox. Ubisoft used extremely detailed digital scans to create a 3D rendering of the cathedral in their development of the game, with the result being detailed enough that they could potentially use the depiction of the structure to aid in rebuilding plans.
Naturally, as it's set in a time before the Eiffel Tower was built, AC's depiction of Paris features Notre Dame as its biggest and most prominent landmark. It takes a long time to explore it properly even in the game, with every wall, spire, room and crypt mapped out to be as accurate as possible.
Even in real-life, Notre Dame acts as kilometre zero for the city of Paris today, meaning it's the point from which other places' distances to Paris are measured.
Assassin's Creed Unity artist Caroline Miousse spoke to The Verge about the creation of the cathedral in the game at launch. She said the following:
"In the case of the Notre-Dame, easily the biggest structure in the game, it meant recreating a version of the cathedral that didn't actually exist at the time."
'Level artist Miousse spent literally years fussing over the details of the building,' reported The Verge. 'She pored over photos to get the architecture just right, and worked with texture artists to make sure that each brick was as it should be.'
The French government has pledged to restore the Cathedral in full within the next five years, while the fashion scene synonymous with the world capital of style has also pledged to help in whatever way they can to help bring the building back to life.