In the wake of the tragic fire that destroyed the oak wood roof and 19th century spire of Paris’s famed Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15, Ubisoft is allowing users to download Assassin’s Creed Unity. Until April 25, PC users will be able to download the Parisian incarnation of the famed Assassin’s Creed franchise, which is set in 18th-century France during the French Revolution.
From nave to belfry, users can explore the cathedral, marvel at its construction, and keep the famous gargoyles sentinels company as they gaze out over the cityscape below.
A major draw for fans of the franchise is the fact that developers have poured countless hours and effort into re-creating historic locations such as Florence’s Santa Maria del Fiore or Giza’s Great Pyramid.
Their recreation of Notre Dame de Paris is no different.
Laser scans made in 2015 will also be used to help rebuild the cathedral in the years to come. Andrew Tallon, a professor at Vassar College, scanned the Gothic church using lasers and tripods set up in fifty different locations around the structure. His work is accurate to a couple of millimetres and was used to show that certain elements of the building’s construction are not totally aligned, demonstrating the human fingerprint of the stonemasons and architects who helped construct the cathedral in its earliest days. It is the most comprehensive scan ever taken of the building.
In the meantime, while we wait for the investigations and stabilization efforts to end and for reconstruction efforts to begin, Ubisoft’s offer is the next best thing.
The company has also pledged €500,000 to the rebuilding efforts.
Notre Dame de Paris was constructed between 1163 and 1345. Before the fire, 30,000 people a day (or 13 million annually) visited this iconic location.