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.
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.
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.
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).