By Maya Hariz
The popular computer game Assassin’s Creed could be used to rebuild the recently burned cathedral Notre Dame in Paris, France. The computer artists worked on the virtual depiction for two years and even ensured that individual bricks were correctly placed.
Notre-Dame was one of the game‘s most important landmarks, and naturally protagonist Arno Dorian had to be able to climb and parkour all over it.
One of the game‘s level artists, Caroline Miousse, spent two years modeling the cathedral in Unity, told The Verge it was 80 percent of her work on the game. According to the report, “She pored over photos to get the architecture just right and worked with texture artists to make sure that each brick was as it should be. She even had historians help her figure out the exact paintings that were hanging on the walls.”
Mousse even had to add the cathedral’s iconic spires, in spite of the fact they didn’t exist at that point in history, simply because the building felt wrong without them. Point being, the in-game Notre-Dame is about as close to the real deal as it was possible to get when the game was released in 2014. It might be one of the most detailed resources the architects doing the work will have.
Of course, we don’t yet know if Ubisoft‘s work is actually going to be used to help the restoration. The blaze is barely cooled, and I’m sure rebuilding will take some time even to get off the ground. Here’s hoping the French people will be able to use the data at their disposal to make the cathedral just as beautiful as it was.