We all saw the Notre Dame cathedral on fire a few weeks ago. Thankfully, firefighters were able to contain the fire. It did not destroy the entire structure or hurt anyone. The French president vowed to have the cathedral rebuilt in 5 years. A video game company will lend a hand in helping restore the church to its former glory.

Ubisoft Pledges Support

The Paris headquartered video game maker featured Notre Dame in its 2014 title Assassin’s Creed Unity. Unity is set in Paris during 1789. The player is part of a society of secret assassins hunting a rival group. The game includes the cathedral which players can climb to oversee the 18th-century skyline. It took designers 14 painstaking months to recreate the interior and exterior of the cathedral. It took over 5,000 hours to create and includes 140 pieces of stained glass. Ubisoft said it would make its renders available for those involved in the rebuild process. In addition to the virtual renders, it pledged 500,000 Euros to the restoration effort.

Notre Dame

While the cause of the fire is still under investigation. However, it is believed to have been started by routine renovations of the structure. Several wealthy benefactors have contributed to the restoration effort. French authorities announced that the 850-year-old building is structurally sound. There is a push for rebuilding to start as fast as possible. As a result, Ubisoft will offer aid in reconstructing this piece of history.

“It is important to keep in mind that what we did for the game as an artistic vision,” Ubisoft said in a press statement. “While we wanted to be very precise with details, there are some differences in terms of scale and with some elements. We would be more than happy to lend our expertise in any way that we can to help with these efforts.”

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