'Assassin's Creed: Unity' Could Help Notre Dame Restoration

'Assassin's Creed: Unity' Could Help Notre Dame Restoration
Iconic Paris landmark Notre Dame was devastatingly engulfed in flames yesterday (April 15), and while there was extensive damage, French President Emmanuel Macron has already vowed to restore the historic cathedral — and an Assassin's Creed videogame could prove especially helpful in that effort.
 
As pointed out by the Associated Press, the research that went into Unbisoft's 2014 game Assassin's Creed: Unity resulted in an incredibly detailed virtual recreation of Notre Dame.
 
Caroline Miousse, an artist for the game, explained to The Verge back in 2014 that she spent two years painstakingly recreating the gothic structure and intricacies of Notre Dame down to every individual brick.
 
Though she was replicating the building as it was in 1789, she included the spires because they have become so iconic and recognizable in the modern era; they were lost in the fire yesterday, but the historical inaccuracy in the videogame could hold information that will help restore them.
 
See some of the game's realistic renderings below.
 
Assassin's Creed: Unity is not the only source of 3D mapping that could point the way for Notre Dame's restoration, though. On Twitter, PhD student Hannah Groch-Begley highlighted the work of Andrew Tallon, who used laser scanners to capture more than one billion points of data to create an exceptionally accurate model of the cathedral.
 
Tallon's efforts were profiled in National Geographic in 2015. He passed away last year.