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Assassin's Creed Unity - so realistic it could help restore the real thing

Assassins Creed Unity – so realistic it could help restore the real thing

Notre Dame may have avoided total devastation but theres still a lot of restoration work to do, and a five-year-old video game could be key to it all.

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At first it seemed as if Paris would lose one of its most iconic structures, but while Notre Dame has avoided complete disaster it has certainly not escaped unscathed, with years worth of restoration now laying ahead of it, as well as the loss of important historic artefacts.

One of the most difficult problems is trying to recreate the cathedral exactly as it was, and while theres obviously no shortage of photos what would be more useful is 3D models – such as the kind created for 2014 game Assassins Creed Unity.

Set in Paris during the 18th century, Unity features an extremely accurate portrayal of the city and, in particular, the cathedral of Notre Dame.

TOPSHOT - Firefighters douse flames rising from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. - A fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP)BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images

Lucky the damage to the real Notre Dame isnt as bad as feared (pic: AFP/Getty Images)

An article by The Verge, at the time of the games release, reveals that the computer artist responsible worked on the virtual reconstruction for around two years, even fussing over the placement of individual bricks.

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Publisher Ubisoft still have all the 3D models, photos, and other reference material and would no doubt be more than happy to share them (not least because Ubisoft themselves are a French company).

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As website GPS World points out though art historian Andrew Tallon has also used laser scanners to carefully model the interior and exterior of the building, scanning from over 50 lRead More – Source

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