Ubisoft is set to launch a new location-based virtual reality escape game called Notre Dame on Fire next March. The VR escape game shares its name with director Jean-Jacques Annaud’s upcoming docudrama of the same name and was developed in partnership with Pathé, a production company behind the film.
In the hour-long experience, players will take on the role of Paris firefighters during the terrible fire of April 2019, which destroyed the famous monument.
Ubisoft, a French company in particular, has a long history of exclusively supporting Notre-Dame at this point. The 2014 video game Assassin’s Creed: Unity featured a detailed model of the cathedral in-game, and after the fire the company pledged to donate to rebuilding.
Ubisoft released an immersive virtual tour using these assets. And now those models are being used for the new location-based VR escape game, a project reaching Ubisoft from Annaud during the film’s production in early 2021.
Due to the time period between that date and March 2022 – the film was scheduled for a release – it was eventually decided that it would be a location-based VR escape game rather than a game. fully developed.
That means it will show up in more than 600 international partner locations, have access to things like Ubisoft’s in March, and play like puzzles and other similar VR escape games. It also means that cooperation is necessary.
“Like any escape game, it’s all about puzzles and collaborating with your peers,” said Deborah Papiernick, senior vice president of new business and strategic alliances at Ubisoft. Diversity. “The idea is to fight your way through the cathedral to find the relics and fight the fire, because you have to save Notre Dame [before the clock runs out].”
As mentioned above, both the Notre Dame on Fire movie and the location-based VR escape room game are slated for release in March 2022. You can check out all of our previous coverage from Ubisoft as usual.
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Set to be released alongside Doco in March, the Notre-Dame on Fire immersive experience will take the form of a puzzle-based VR escape room. It will last for an hour, during which players will be put in the shoes of the Paris Fire Brigade inside the cathedral on April 15, 2019, when the building caught fire.
“Like any escape game, it’s a question of puzzles and collaborations with your peers,” says Deborah Papiernick, Ubisoft’s senior VP of new business and strategic alliances. “The idea is to make your way through the cathedral to find the relics and fight the fire, because you have to save Notre Dame [before the clock runs out].”
Ubisoft is no stranger to featuring Notre-Dame in its properties—a model of the cathedral first appeared in Assassin’s Creed: Unity. That model, in the wake of the fire, was turned into a free PC experience called Notre-Dame de Paris: Journey Back in Time in September 2020.
The Notre-Dame on Fire VR experience will release globally in March, available to all of Ubisoft’s international partners. “We have 630 international partner locations that all have access to our games,” Papiernick said. “[In March] as soon as we hit the button, they’ll have access to this latest one.”