An article by The Verge, at the time of the game’s release, reveals that the computer artist responsible worked on the virtual reconstruction for around two years, even fussing over the placement of individual bricks.
Publisher Ubisoft still have all the 3D models, photos, and other reference material and would no doubt be more than happy to share them (not least because Ubisoft themselves are a French company).
As website GPS World points out though art historian Andrew Tallon has also used laser scanners to carefully model the interior and exterior of the building, scanning from over 50 locations and collecting more than 1 billion points of data.
It’s far too early for historians to start any real work yet but when it is finally complete it could, in part, be thanks to Assassin’s Creed Unity.
Metro has reached out to Ubisoft for further comment.
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