The details of the Assassin’s Creed games are so good that they could help the city of Paris rebuild the Notre Dame. The historic and famed cathedral made headlines earlier this week when its roof caught fire, resulting in part of the church’s destruction. Although its arts and artifacts made it out of the fire relatively unscathed and much of the interior remains intact, the cathedral will still require extensive renovations to bring it back to its previous glory.
The Assassin’s Creed games are fictional, but much of them are set in time periods and places that actually existed. Ubisoft developers spend a lot of time getting all the details right of historical sites, which include everything from the Vatican to Boston’s Old North Church. Assassin’s Creed: Unity, which released in 2014, took place in Paris in the late 1700s and featured some of the most iconic locations within that city, including Notre Dame.
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Because Ubisoft spent so much time studying the details of Notre Dame, the company could help with efforts in rebuilding the cathedral. The Hill reports that Ubisoft will donate half a million Euros to rebuilding efforts, with rumors suggesting that the files and research the company used to create Notre Dame in the game could help provide valuable details of the cathedral when reconstruction begins. In honor of Notre Dame, the company will offer a free download of Unity so that fans can get a first-hand look at the cathedral in the game before the recent fire that damaged it.
Although sales for Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate were less than expected, Ubisoft redeemed its reputation with gamers with Assassin’s Creed: Origins, which received mostly positive reviews from critics and gamers alike. That title took players to ancient Egypt, complete with pyramids and the tombs of kings and queens. The company did even better with Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, which allowed players to dive into the world of ancient Greece to uncover monuments and stories straight out of mythology. That title featured a world map even more extensive than its predecessor.
Although Ubisoft has made a few missteps with the Assassin’s Creed franchise, its attention to detail could make a difference in the real world. Those details have kept players coming back for more, but this time, those details could help repair one of the most iconic landmarks in the world.
Source: The Hill