connectVideoHow ‘Assassin’s Creed’ could help with the reconstruction in the Notre Dame Cathedral
Some experts say that the detailed digital model of the Notre Dame in Assassin’s Creed Unity’ may represent the best chance for architects study of the cathedral’s original construction.
The devastating fire in the Notre-Dame cathedral, caused considerable damage to the famous structure, causing the tower to topple, and the stripping of the inside of the Cathedral. There is now an international contest aimed at finding the best way to recover and Notre Dame, but that architects and engineers could get some unlikely help of a popular video game.
It is a classic case of the art life – with the help of gaming. Ubisoft Game studio makes it hugely popular “Assassin’s Creed series, and they are well known for the use of real-life historical sites during the game, and that is often based on real historical movements or events. And now the game in the eighth episode, “Unity”, is a potential source for aid in the repair of the centuries-old Cathedral.
The 2014 game is set during the French Revolution, and centers around the cathedral Notre Dame, which carefully re-created for use in the game. The artist responsible is, she says, took about two years to build a detailed model of the building, that they call a stone for stone digital recreation – including even most of the artworks within. It is considerably more detailed than a laser scan, and some experts are now saying the model gives the best opportunity for architects to study the original construction.
Ubisoft is acknowledging the game is the fault of the Notre Dame cathedral, the offering of “United” for free on the online store for a week after the fire. The studio is also a donation of 500,000 Euros to help with the restoration, writing in a statement, “When the smoke clears on the events that occurred on Monday at the Notre-Dame de Paris, we stand in solidarity pact with our fellow Parisians and everyone all over the world moved by the devastation the fire has caused.”