Assassin’s Creed Unity may help rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral, reports suggest.
SFGate says that the work done inside Unity could be paired with 3D scans by Ph.D. student Hannah Groch-Begley and follow-up work from art historian Andrew Tallon. The (perhaps unlikely) sources could be used to work from a highly accurate 3D map of the famous building.
“I made some other stuff in [Assassin’s Creed: Unity],” Senior Artist Caroline Miousse told The Verge around the game’s release, “but 80 percent of my time was spent on the Notre Dame.” All up, Miousse said she spent two entire years recreating Notre Dame Cathedral for in-game inclusion.
The Verge’s article is a great read — while Notre Dame’s iconic spires weren’t present during the time Assassin’s Creed: Unity was set, Ubisoft decided to include them anyway, meeting a player’s expectations of the landmark.
“We added things like cables and incense across the second level of Notre Dame so players would be able to move around easier when they’re above the ground,” Miousse also said. “I also think it adds a personal touch to the monument. I’ve left my little mark on a few parts of Notre Dame and there’s something remarkable about that.”
Assassin’s Creed: Unity was released in 2014 on Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4.