As one of the most iconic locations in all of Paris, The Notre Dame Cathedral had to be as close to perfect as possible. AC Unity’s Paris is already shaping up to be one of the best video game cities of all time, being bigger than every Assassin’s Creed city to date. We all expected the utmost detail from Ubisoft, but Destructoid have reported that it took 1 developer 2 years to recreate it. Now that’s dedication!
Senior level artist Caroline Miousse is the dedicated employee who was tasked with faithfully recreating the Notre Dame, and worked alongside a French Historian to get every detail correct. The cathedral has been recreated to a 1:1 ratio, meaning it’s basically a digital copy of the actual Notre Dame. The only thing that is different to the original is the internal artwork, including the stained-glass windows, and this is down to copyright issues. A window is actually copyrighted, I guess you learn something new every day!
”I was very pleased to do that” Caroline said. ”It was very exciting, but there was a little stress at the beginning because you really need to be sure that you’re recreating it as accurately as possible because it’s so well known.” Miousse was at a bit of a disadvantage though, as she had never seen Notre Dame in person before! So she had to use stock photos and other resources to recreate it brick by brick. Only once she had completed her 2 year project, was she rewarded with a visit to the actual Notre Dame. A breathtaking sight, Notre Dame was more impressive in the flesh than she ever imagined. ”It felt really good; it was an achievement.” she said. ”It confirmed to me that what I made was right”.
Assassin’s Creed Unity takes place during the French Revolution, a time of civil unrest and a lot of death. The player takes on the role as Arno Victor Dorian, and follows his story as he encounters (and sometimes assassinates) important faces from both sides of the Revolution. Unity releases November 13 for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.
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