Ubisoft is working on a new “experience” for virtual reality that lead players to take on the role of a firefighter during the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire that took place in Paris in April 2019. Notre-Dame on Fire (something like ‘Notre-Dame in flames’, if we translate it into Spanish) will be one hour long and will be released in March 2022, coinciding with the premiere of a docudrama of the same name directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud.
In Variety collect statements from Deborah Papermaker, senior vice president of new businesses and strategic alliances at Ubisoft, explaining that the French company has collaborated with the Path studio to create this video game that resembles a escape room virtual: “As in any escape game, there will be puzzles and cooperation with teammates. The idea is go through the cathedral to find relics and fight the fire, because you have to save Notre-Dame before the time runs out.”
From Ubisoft they assure that they have collaborated closely with the team in charge of bringing the film to life, including both the director Jean-Jacques Annaud like the screenwriter Thomas Bidegain: “The fact of being able to access that collaboration nurtured our team, although that does not mean that we have translated everything into the video game, rather it has given our team tools to reflect on our adaptation.”
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It is not the first time that the French company allows us visit a digital version of Notre-Dame using our virtual reality headsets, since the same year that the fire occurred launched an experiment that took advantage of the cathedral modeling used in Assassin’s Creed Unity to offer a tour of the building before the unfortunate incident of 2019. This time it seems that Ubisoft will want to focus more on cooperative play, similar to what we have seen in other proposals such as Far Cry VR: Dive into Insanity, an exclusive experience of virtual reality game centers, although at the moment it has not been specified how we will be able to play Notre-Dame on Fire.