Ubisoft is preparing a VR game where you are a firefighter in Notre-Dame
Variety reports that Ubisoft is working on a VR game in which players become members of the Parisian firefighters battling the blaze that severely damaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in 2019. The hour-long experience is being made in partnership with a docudrama with which it shares a name: Notre-Dame en feu, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (Enemy at the gates, The name of the rose).
“Like any escape game, it’s all about puzzles and cooperating with your teammates,” Deborah Papiernik, senior vice president of new business and strategic alliances at Ubisoft, told Variety. “The idea is to fight your way through the cathedral to find relics and fight the fire, because you have to save Notre Dame [before the clock runs out].”
The 2019 fire burned for about 15 hours and led to the collapse of the cathedral’s main spire, as well as the destruction of much of the roof. The towers, however, were saved. Reconstruction work is underway and the cathedral is not expected to reopen until 2024.
Ubisoft had made a detailed 3D model of Notre Dame for Assassin’s Creed Unity, and used that model to create a previous VR experience called Notre-Dame de Paris: time travel, which is available for free.
Notre Dame on Fire, both the movie and the VR game, will launch in March. The hardware for which it will be available has not yet been announced.