Variety reports that Ubisoft has begun work on a VR game that will allow players to become part of the Parisian fire brigade responsible for fighting the fire that destroyed Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in 2019. The experience will be made in partnership with Ubisoft and a docudrama that shares a name, Notre-Dame on Fire. It is directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, Enemy at the Gates.
Deborah Papiernik, Ubisoft’s senior vice president of strategic alliances and new business, said that the escape game is similar to any other escape game. “The goal is to navigate through the cathedral to find relics or fight the fire. You must save Notre Dame before the clock runs out.”
The 2019 fire lasted approximately 15 hours. It caused the cathedral’s mainspire to collapse and much of its roof to fall. However, the towers were saved. The cathedral won’t reopen for reconstruction until 2024.
Ubisoft had created a 3D model of Notre Dame in Assassin’s Creed Unity. This model was then used in a previous VR experience, Notre-Dame de Paris: A Journey Back in Time. It is free.
The movie Notre-Dame on Fire and the VR game will be available in March. It is not yet known what hardware it will be compatible with.