An Assassin’s Creed video game could prove integral in the re-construction of Notre Dame cathedral after the iconic building was nearly destroyed by a huge fire.
The historic Parisian landmark, which dates back almost 850 years, was devastated by a huge blaze on Monday evening. While an official cause is yet to be established, officials have said it may be related to current restoration work.
As efforts begin to restore the building to its former glory, it seems that Assassin’s Creed Unity could be vital for the rebuild after the 2014 game featured a realistic 3D model of the cathedral.
The game won plaudits upon release for its realistic depiction of eighteenth century Paris and the attention to detail in the depiction of Notre Dame.
As The Verge noted at the time of release, the computer artists worked on the virtual depiction for two years and even ensured that individual bricks were correctly placed.
It’s also believed that French publisher Ubisoft still holds the original 3D models and photos which could held with rebuilding the cathedral.
Ubisoft is yet to comment on the claims and a full restoration plan for Notre Dame hasn’t been confirmed.
Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can. pic.twitter.com/SpMEvv1BzB
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 15, 2019
On Monday, former US President Barack Obama was among the leading voices to voice their support in the wake of the huge blaze.
“Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can,” he tweeted.
French megastar Christine and the Queens said: “It is because it seemed eternal and immutable that the heart is tightening to see it in flames”
“So much history collapsing right before our eyes. Heartbroken for Notre-Dame and Paris.”