On Monday, an unexpected fire swept through Paris’s iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral, chewing through the ancient building and causing massive damage. The end result was the loss of the ancient building’s spire and extensive damage to the building’s vaulted ceiling.
Luckily for everyone, the building has been deemed sound, and 800 years of history can still be rebuilt. French President Macron has already promised as much, in a French Tweet that read: “We will rebuild it. All together.”
But where do you start rebuilding one of the most iconic buildings in the world? An unlikely source that emerged is 2014’s “Assassin’s Creed Unity”.
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Set in Paris, France, the game follows in a proud tradition of painstakingly recreating historic cities and buildings as closely as possible to their real world counterparts. For this particular entry into the series, Ubisoft level artist, Caroline Miousse, spent the better part of two years studying the massive cathedral from top to bottom. She had one goal in mind: creating a picture perfect representation of the building, both inside and out, for the game.
And she nailed it. The cathedral forms the game’s centerpiece and is completely open for players to explore, inside or out. Featuring accurate architecture from the building’s spires to each brick in its foundations, as well as closely modeled texture packs, this might not be the best scan of the building anywhere in the world, but it’s certainly a good start, and readily available.
Whether this materializes into some wonderful example of life imitating art imitating life, or stays a pipe dream, we’ll have to wait and see. But with a picture perfect resource like this at their fingertips, it seems like the perfect opportunity.
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