Assassin’s Creed Unity could help rebuild Notre Dame
A video game could play an important role in reconstructing the iconic cathedral
The fire at the Notre Dame cathedral was a catastrophe on a massive scale. The cathedral is an internationally-recognized symbol and is the number one tourist attraction in all of Europe, according to the French tourism office. While many individuals have stepped forward to offer financial support in the reconstruction of the damage, some much-needed architectural support could come from a very unlikely source – a video game.
Assassin’s Creed Unity, developed by French gaming company Ubisoft, takes place in 1789 in Paris. The game makes use of 3D maps that were painstakingly prepared from the cathedral itself and which could now be made available to architects and builders to help restore the complex to its former glory.
Carolina Miousse is one of the developers involved in Assassin’s Creed. She explained to The Verge, “I made some other stuff in the game. But 80 percent of my time was spent on the Notre Dame.” She reportedly was extremely picky about making sure that every detail was exactly correct before allowing the game to be released.
Restoration efforts are already underway and French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to have the 850-year-old cathedral ready within five years. He asserted in a national address, “We will rebuild Notre Dame even more beautifully and I want it to be completed in five years, we can do it. It is up to us to change this disaster into an opportunity to come together, having deeply reflected on what we have been and what we have to be and become better than we are. It is up to us to find the thread of our national project.”